Ritual of Softness

Ritual of Softness

“ Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.” Lao Tzu  

One of my favorite practices for supporting softness and ease is to take a ritual bath at the end of my day. When I take a bath in this way I begin by taking time to clean or tidy the bathroom first, so that the space feels welcoming and uncluttered. I will then pull out my favourite bath salts or oils and run a tub.

Before getting into the tub I let everyone in the house know that I am taking this time for myself and do not want to be disturbed. Finally, I close the door, light some candles, and soak in the tub for as long as I desire.

Don’t underestimate the potency of this simple ritual.

There is magic in the warm water, it’s ability to soften our hard edges and rinse away our cares.

As writer Sylvia Plath famously said: “Their must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

Written by Natalie Rousseau

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