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The routine of getting ready each morning is, well, just that: a routine. Dull, perfunctory, usually hurried, and decidedly devoid of anything one could describe as "magical." It often involves little thought and even less presence, and, dreariest of all, it's treated as something of a chore, to be done in front of a clinically white bathroom sink, as coffee is chugged and anxiety rises. Let me tell you something, mes chérs, the mere thought of this scenario, let alone the visual, makes my sensual soul wither. It makes my heart ache. And it makes me mad.
Why, oh, why has the art of loving yourself become something to check off the to-do list? To take it deeper, why is beauty perceived as something vain—even frivolous—to be looked down upon? Are we somehow less authentically wise because we care about how we look and feel? I've never heard of anything so absurd. Certainly, the goddesses of beauty and love are no slouches, and we are informed to take a tip or two from them.
Beauty is an outer reflection of your inner fire. Beauty is internal love made external. It has absolutely nothing to do with the shape and size of your features, but rather your kindness, your strength, your integrity, and your wisdom rising to the surface like Venus to been seen out in the world. The fine art of empowering beauty rituals show others by example exactly how you are to be treated, and this instills pure confidence—a high vibration of who you are, what you need, and what you can offer all wrapped in silky, glowing vitality. What could be more restorative and more bewitching?
The act of caring for your skin, hair, and body is something precious, to be cherished—just like you. When you arrive at your bathroom sink, I invite you to see it differently: this is your beauty altar, where your temple of abundance is worshipped. And, by infusing magic into our beauty, as we would with any other ritual, we align with natural forces to be our most vibrant selves. Whether we craft our own potions (hint: you can find fabulous concoctions for every possible beauty and wellness need in my book, The Beauty Witch's Secrets) or use what we have on hand, the fine art of slowing down and savoring these moments is truly a pleasure, and a most effective one.
So, no more rushing! It's time to elevate the routine to that of ritual. Try this: each morning, reserve five minutes for yourself (yes, you have five minutes—steal it from the time you might otherwise be glued to your phone.) Allow yourself to really get into this petite ritual from the new moon to the full moon, and see what happens.
Create Your Altar
Enter The Temple
As with any ritual, close your ritual by grounding the energy and giving thanks. How-to, Beauty Witch® style? I think a few deep breaths, and a knowing smile at yourself in the mirror will do it. Then tip your hat to the beauty goddesses that surround you, to the earthly delights by way of potion ingredients that have been your cohorts, and to yourself for taking the space to feed your confidence. Et voilà! Now off you go, magnificent one, to touch everyone and everything with your unique light. I do hope we meet beneath the stars one balmy evening.
Alise Marie is an actress, writer, and certified holistic nutritionist. She has been creating health and beauty potions for over 30 years, recently launching a line of eco-luxe products. Alise has been featured ...