My Weekly Cleansing Ritual

January 18, 2014

This is one of those random posts you see when you scroll through a blogger’s entries. Usually sandwiched between some big piece of news and some philosophical musing and you wonder to yourself, “what’s this about?”

Let me tell you what this is about oh wondering public. All week long we go about our lives and we take our obligatory morning shower (less obligatory for some it would seem if you take public transport anywhere in the world). Day in, day out we go through the motions of cleaning our skin and going about our day. The reverse comes at night when we clean away the day and prepare ourselves for a restful sleep. Or sex. Whatever your evening reason is, we do t and get it over with.

However in many cultures the more easterly we travel, that act of washing away the dirty and embracing the clean has become more purposeful, almost ritualistic. Not daily of course but say once a week, for example, people slow down and take the time to properly cleanse themselves.

My weekly cleansing ritual uses the same principle. Once a week, usually on Sundays, and late at night when everyone is asleep, I perform my weekly routine. This is when I remove my facial hair, which I do once a week because I’m not the hairiest of guys (yes I’m male if you hadn’t realized yet), shave my head – this takes place once every few weeks to achieve that sweet glistening cancer chic look, all other hair that needs taming is tamed and then after that’s done it’s time to hit the shower.

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My latest iteration involves the Hammam Treat from Rituals which a dear friend bought for me prior to his trip to the island. The perfect gift for someone who already used to hold cleaning oneself in the highest regard.

Utilizing each item in the kit is a beautiful experience and it allows, or forces me, to take a breather and enjoy the act of cleansing. All the while I have my iPad in the bathroom playing my favourite tunes on shuffle as I truly enjoy this thorough cleansing.

Every time I perform this ritual I feel a sense of calm and peace fill the bathroom and my being. It makes me remember that life isn’t a race so take a minute to enjoy the simple things. It allows me to reflect on my week and what I envision of the coming days. Also it gives me a chance to sing at the top of my lungs while washing away the stress and negative energy others were trying to bring into my life.

You should try your own cleansing ritual and tell me how it makes you feel and I’d love to know what products you use.

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Letters to the Next Generation: Number 1

July 7, 2010
Sometimes the past is better left in the past. Don’t allow yourself to be swept up by feelings of Nostalgia or carried back to a time when you knew no better. Hold firm young ones, steadfast and true. Look back fondly on your memories, but prepare your future in such a way that it’s better than your past, so you can look forward to the good things that are yet to come.
I remember my younger days, I used to be very unhappy, and often felt as though I was alone in the world because I felt so different but I see now that it is my uniqueness that really empowered me. When harnessed properly, what makes you a ‘freak’ or an ‘outcast’ can be your best ally in the future. Never forget that. Love yourself, and anyone else can come after that.
Wishing you peace, the love you deserve, the success you work for and the good company of fine friends.
Love always
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