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A Quest for More Reverence

December 05, 2017

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I grew up with a mother who was very influenced by her Baptist upbringing.  One of the rituals she performed on a daily basis was to give thanks at each meal. No simple thanks here. The blessings were usually a bit elaborate and lengthy (especially during holidays) and, if not careful, our food would start to get cold!  At least those were my thoughts as a young teenager. 

Clearly, I did not fully understand the true purpose of blessing a meal before eating it. Rather, to me it always seemed more like a recitation that had to be said because that was what you did.  And, truth be told, I didn’t buy into it. It wasn’t until many years later as an adult that I realized the importance of being thankful. Not only gratitude for the food I am about to consume, but also a reverence for life. 

The word reverence is certainly missing in our vocabulary these days. To me it means being aware of and grateful for the magnificence of being alive. The very fact that we are here to experience each day is a blessing. Reverence is a deep respect for yourself, others, your things, the earth, all of creation.  

Yogi Bhajan says, “…acting and speaking with reverence and love is called conscious living, and it gives you and your mind vastness in reality.” He continues, “If you live with that attitude of reverence for your self and all others, you will be healthier, happier, and more effective.” 

The idea of reviving reverence is what led me to create my Sunstone Anointing Oil. I chose Sunstone because it is the bringer of light - our yang connection to our Earth’s super star, the Sun. Sunstone affirms our self-love and worthiness and asks us to be our sparkly selves. The natural plant oils with a mixture of sweet orange, bergamot, and frankincense essential oils all blend nicely to brighten your spirit as they penetrate your skin, accessing your deeper beauty.

By anointing my body with this sensuous gemstone elixir, I am acknowledging the sacredness of being alive. Perhaps with this small action, I will be reminded to see everything in life as worthy and sacred; forever transforming the mundane into the divine. And so it is!




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