Juliet sat soaking in a luxurious, lemon, and lavender bath, part of her usual nightly self-care ritual. However, tonight was different. She couldn’t seem to let go of a conversation she’d had earlier that day. For some reason, this particular conversation with her friend Valeri really rattled her. All-day, she had found her mind wandering back to her friend’s debate over her self-care rituals, particularly her choice to enjoy a good bath.
She couldn’t understand why everyone around her seemed to be harping on the notion of taking a bath as part of one’s self-care rituals. Yes, it’s something we all do. However, to her, it was the intentions she set for herself around the bath that made it not a habit, but a beautiful and glorious act of deep nourishment that her soul craved at its very core.
Juliet literally carved out the time in her busy day and put an hour aside every night for her bathing ritual. She was intentional with the way she let down her hair, gently massaged her scalp, and ran her fingers tenderly through her hair. She set the vibe by steaming the bathroom to the perfect temperature and playing a curated playlist in the background.
Any other night her senses would be soothed by the scent of vanilla and orange peel freshly diffused into the air. She would gently caress the tension away from her body, melt back against her bath pillow, and allow the elemental notes of the violin and piano to orchestrate her arousal to a state of utter bliss.
No such luck tonight, Juliet was too restless to find peace and harmony within her bathing sanctuary. Disheartened, she wanted to cry and fall asleep. Instead, Juliet switched her music to a podcast. She laughed to herself, reading the title. Ironically it mentioned something about self-care.
Though, without giving it too much thought, Juliet allowed herself to get lost in the comforting voices of the podcast hosts. Drying off, she soaked in the soft warmth of the towel, and the silky touch of her robe against her skin. Suddenly, her ears perked up as she listened to her podcast hosts talking about self-care rituals.
She listened now, more with intention as they discussed the role intention and self-awareness play in self-care. They talked about how the intentions behind the practice of self-care can cultivate a deep feeling of self-love and gratitude. Juliet found herself nodding along in agreement, their words beautifully expressed her own inner thoughts and feelings.
Juliet once again felt grounded and connected her own core values. She let the feeling of love for herself wash over her. Juliet closed her eyes and breathed in the aroma of vanilla, orange peel, lemon, and lavender that still mingled in the air. She felt the weight of the day slip off her shoulders as sleep beckoned to her to release the day so she could begin anew.