HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?
I like to wake up before the rushing-madness of getting my daughters ready for school and feeding all of my animals. I have found that having a peaceful moment connecting to my higher-self grounds me for the whole day.
First, I spray my face with homemade rose water. As water boils for my Living Tea (old growth, regenerative tea), I use a spoonful of coconut oil for oil pulling (if time allows). I then place the tea in a small teapot, sit by my altar, and drink the tea as a meditation.
I look out onto my garden and think about what I want to sow in the garden of my life that day.
I remember all I am grateful for.
I incorporate my Kundalini practice, even if it is just breath of fire for a few minutes. This gives me the energy to go out into the world as my best and whole self.
Later in the morning, after caring for my children and animals, I make a smoothie, put on mantras and then begin either work on my blog, The Local Rose, or on my natural beauty line.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE OVERWHELMED OR STRESSED?
Moving the body is crucial for a healthy and peaceful state of mind.
I usually go for a long walk in the mountains behind the canyons where I live. I take my dog and run up the hills to move the stress out of my body. I speak to the trees and devas in the canyon (they have become my therapists!). Somehow this always does the trick.
A bath is also my lifesaver. Connecting with the water energy is very clearing. I like to add some salts for cleansing and oils for rejuvenating my being.
At times I turn to raw chocolate. The beautiful endorphins from raw cacao are truly holy!
WHAT GIVES YOU THE FEELING OF TRUE BLISS WITHIN?
I love being in my 40’s; I finally know exactly what brings me bliss!
My Kundalini practice connects me to the light and wonder of the Source.
Hiking in the canyons, or just being in old growth forests in Northern California.
My daughters when they are content and joyful.
My daughters' laughter.
The smell of garden roses.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I love to read! A book becomes my companion.
By my bed I always have Women Who Run With Wolves, and a book on bee keeping.
I just finished Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, which is remarkable, and Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, about a young girl who was accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the 1692.
I am reading Wise Child and Juniper to my daughter, both are about women who connected to nature and were so-called witches.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
I feel like I have a sound track to my life.
I love so many types of music from Led Zeppelin to Bach. Recently, I am obsessed with the folk-singer Frazey Ford, who sings about “grabbing the best of your life.” I also love First Aid Kit, Bon Iver, The Nationals, and Joni Mitchell.
While working, I always have a steady stream of Kundalini mantras playing.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO SIMPLE RECIPE?
My kale and chickpea recipe is always good in a pinch. I toss chopped kale and chickpeas with really good olive oil and sea salt. They roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. I top them with Dukkah, a middle eastern blend of nuts and spices, and a touch of lemon!
WHAT ARE SOME SIMPLE THINGS YOU DO FOR SELF-CARE?
I tune-in to myself through being in nature or taking a Kundalini class. I also make sure to eat 100 percent organic foods that are alive and grown with love. I take flower essences, depending on what I need for that moment, such as olive for strength or elm for confidence.
I use all-natural beauty products, which either I make or source from my blog. I love to massage sunflower or almond oil on my body before bathing. To honor my feet for carrying me through the day and through my life, I rub them at night with a natural shea butter. I make beauty masks: honey from my bee hives, goat yogurt and oatmeal. I take Sunpotion tonics, like He Shou Wu, Ashitaba and Ashwagandha, which gives me endurance and vitality.
WHAT DOES NOURISHMENT LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
Nourishment is not slandering oneself. I try to manifest self-love by eating foods that are pure and alive. I treat our skin and bodies like temples. I keep toxic chemicals, that cause diseases, away from our houses and bodies.
I Nourish our souls with poetry, song, dance, nature, children, animals, works of service, by protecting our mama earth, and celebrating the here and now.
HOW DO YOU MAKE SPACE FOR PLAY?
It can be difficult to relax since I work from home. I am trying to play more and keep weekends open for spontaneous play. It helps to spend time with my beautiful goddess friends, dance in my living room, and be silly. I just started surfing lessons, which hopefully will soon feel like play!
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE MANTRAS YOU CLING TO?
My favorite mantras to speak are:
- I am turning poison into medicine.
- “Don’t regret things you’ve done, regret things you haven’t done.” John Lennon
- I am living the Beauty Way.
- Sat Nam: Truth is my Identity.
- Wahe Guru: Awe-inspiring, wonder, bliss and ecstasy.
- I am bountiful, I am beautiful.
My favorite mantras to play in my home are:
- So Purkh (for healing)
- Aad Guray Nameh (for protection)
PLEASE SHARE SOME WORDS OF WISDOM YOU’VE LEARNED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF SOULFUL AND EMBODIED LIVING.
Seven years ago life as I knew it broke open. I got divorced after 16 years of marriage and I ended my career as an actress, which wasn’t fulfilling me creatively or financially.
I decided to start from scratch. I went back to the source and focused on living simply, humbly, and being close to mama earth. I decided to grow as much of my own food as I could, raise my daughters in the Waldorf traditions, and heal myself physically and emotionally.
I began my holistic living blog, The Local Rose. I started practicing Kundalini on a regular basis, and healed the hole in my heart that was created from past traumas. This wasn’t easy and, at times, I was very lonely. But I knew that I would find peace if I followed my intuition, my spirit guides, and had courage.
Today, I am on the other side with a life that is fulfilling. Yes, there are still issues that come up; however, now I have an arsenal of tools to get me through things quickly. I can decide each day whether or not I want to be fearful or fearless.
Fearless means taking chances, fighting for what we think is right, protecting our planet as best we can, and loving ourselves completely and unconditionally!
About Shiva Rose
Shiva Rose is the creator of the holistic life style web site The Local Rose. She is also an actress and writer having written for Huffington Post, Vogue, LA Confidential, Mind Body Green, and more. She recently created the natural, non-toxic beauty line Shiva Rose Beauty as seen in Vanity Fair and C magazine. She hand makes her products in her home studio where she also raises her daughters Charlotte Rumi and Colette Blu. They live near the Santa Monica Mountains with their honey bees, dog Luna, cat Fig, and chickens.