Ancient Roman Bath
I am starting to understand the concept “live in the present moment.” The present moment is all that we have. There is no past or future – only the present moment. I admire people who live each day as if it’s their last.
There needs to be some qualities to living in the present moment. Mindfulness is one of the most important qualities. Be mindful of your thoughts, words, and actions. Also, ritual should be a something created in the present moment. Life is sacred, so we need to honor it. Remember “ritual” is part of “spiritual.”
Each religion has its own rituals, but you can create your own. I do my rituals in the morning and in the evening before I go to bed. In the morning, I do yoga and meditate. I light a candle and burn incense to create sacred space. In the evening, I recite mantras while I sit or lay in bed.
Here is a ritual that I created for one of my classes in the Holistic Health Studies masters program at St. Catherine University in Minnesota:
Personal Healing Ritual: Spiritual Bath
- To create a spiritual bath it is important to use the four elements:
- Water (to heal emotions/feelings) – represented by the bath water.
- Fire (to spark imagination, passion, and enthusiasm) – represented by the candle.
- Earth (to promote spiritual growth) – represented by the Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts.
- Air (to increase effective communication and to increase intellectual abilities) – represented by the essential oils.
2. Choose the type of bath that you want:
- Uplifting and invigorating – use tangerine or lemon essential oil.
- Calming and relaxing – use lavender or chamomile essential oil.
- Focus – use rosemary or frankincense essential oil.
- Cleansing – use a combination of tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils.
3. How to create the spiritual bath:
- Make sure there are no distractions or interruptions.
- Fill the bath with water and add some Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts under the running water.
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oil.
- Light the candle and set an intention.
- Integrate your senses by taking some deep breaths, gaze at the candle, or feel the warmth of the water surrounding your body.
- Before getting out of the bath, create a healing intention. For example: May the water heal my body. May the burning flame ignite my passion and determination in my heart. May the salts aid me in my spiritual growth. And may the oils unite me to my brothers and sisters.