[MEDITATION] 4 x 4 Breathing Exercise

The power of slowing your breath and in turn slowing your body and mind is truly remarkable. When you slow your breathing, you train your body to slow everything else down, including chemical responses associated with anxiety. This exercise takes 4 minutes.

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Ami Watkin
[TECHNIQUE] AYURVEDA SELF-MASSAGE

You know what feels amazing? Gently caressing our bodies with loving touch. There is no greater expression of self-love than anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil. It's a therapeutic, grounding practice called Abyanga. The effects of Abhyanga are similar to those received when one is saturated with love, and this practice often leaves you with a palpable feeling of stability and warmth.

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Laena McCarthy
[A LIST] (CLEAN-ISH) TOXIN-FREE BEAUTY BRANDS

My safe beauty shopping list, with links too. It’s in no way definitive, as no products are ever fully toxin-free (just like "clean" is a useless goal since it implies some unattainable perfection). But if you’re trying to remove the rubbish in your life, you do what you can. Less is more; and less mess leaves more room for the good stuff in your life.

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Laena McCarthy
[RECIPE] MAKE YOUR OWN SIGNATURE NATURAL PERFUME OIL

I love scent. I can trace a map of my life as a history of meaningful smells: a field full of wild strawberries and mint where I shared a teenage kiss, a hillside of wild sage in California when I ascended a mountain in Big Sur, an herbal, mysterious-scented cream in a subterranean shop in Italy that I tried to replicate for decades, the delicious smell of roasting tomatoes the first night at home with my new baby. 

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Laena McCarthy