February 2, 2011

{Loving Attention}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
In preparation for a bride’s wedding—and in honor of her rite-of-passage—women in cultures throughout antiquity gave the bride a ritual bath in water mixed with fragrant, essential oils. The custom of  “perfuming the bride with the essence of flowers” continues in parts of the world today.

Be a “goddess bride”—create a pre-nuptial ritual bath for yourself. On your own, or—for a deeply nurturing experience—invite girlfriends to bath you in aromatic herbs, candlelight, and sisterly love...tenderly caring for and attending you.
Allowing yourself such loving attention can be an inner and outer “cleansing”—sloughing off hurt feelings and old notions that don’t serve your best self. This kind of meditative sweetness could set the pace for a lifetime of deeply supportive and nurturing relationships.

Love. Listen. Let go.
...with love from Cornelia

[Photograph: Marla Aufmuth]

[This series on “aromatherapy, weddings & brides” continues through the month of February...new post each Wednesday.]

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