I first started practicing mindfulness at work. The company that I work for started offering health and wellness sessions to include a weekly mindfulness class. I had no idea what mindfulness was about but I was curious. I attended a session and left feeling like I was floating on a cloud. Since then, I intentionally take opportunities at work, at home, in my car, and even at the store to practice mindfulness. Don’t get it twisted, I don’t walk around in a “zen” state 24/7; however, I have learned that if one slows down to intentionally tune into the moment, you can experience magic moments. In my experience, these magic moments allow you to really tune into what is happening around you and expand, deepen, or clarify your perspective. During these magic moments, I have experienced awe, appreciation, empathy, patience, and gratitude. As weird as this may sound, I had one of these magic moments doing what was until then just a routine task… washing my face.
It was a weekend morning and I just finished whipping up a batch of all natural face cleanser. As I started massaging the face wash onto my damp face and feeling how smooth and moisturizing it was, I thought about how cool it was that I had created such an awesome face good cleanser for my face. As my pride started to swell, I heard a voice clearly say “you didn’t create this.” That was God stepping in front of my pride and calling to my attention that in fact, I was using His gift of nature as intended (“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river… Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” - Ezekiel 47:12).
In that moment, all pride left and I was in awe that in reality that I was being gifted the healing power of plants. I thought about the synergies between our body and plants and how crazy it is that with all of man’s efforts and technologies, that we have yet to replicate the complex cell structure of plants. All of these thoughts turned my pride into gratitude. I was no longer just washing my face with something that I “made” but I was experiencing the healing power of plants. From using plant-based face wash, to an essential oil toner, to slathering my face with oils before bed, I now view my skin care routine as more of a gratitude ritual. I encourage you to incorporate mindfulness in your skin care routine.
“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disapper if it is done in mindfulness” - Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddist monk, author, and mindfulness teacher. Thich Nhat Hanh was noninated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize.