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WELLNESS

The Transformative Power of Flowers

Jess Arnaudin

But there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.
— Mumford and Sons

Long before #flowercrowns were trendy, there was a woman who placed herself among the flowers. Katie Hess, founder of Lotus Wei has devoted her life to the study of flower essences and their holistic healing properties. If you've ever spent any time with Katie, or even attended any of her online seminars, it's clear how passionate and unwavering she is about helping people alleviate their suffering and how much she wants to educate the masses about the transformative powers of flowers. She has a presence that is humble and unassuming, yet distinctly powerful in her own quite intuitive way. I've always been so drawn to the Lotus Wei lifestyle and have a go-to stash of various anointing oils and serums (Joy Juice was my first favorite!) so you can imagine my delight when the Lotus Wei team offered me a choice of one of the new single flower elixirs to try in celebration of Katie's much anticipated book release, Flower Evolution. 

But how to choose just ONE? Each elixir had benefits that anyone could enjoy -- night-blooming cereus to activate fearlessness, gardenia for a shift in perception, fire star orchid for wild creativity! After carefully reading each of the 48 descriptions, in the end I chose Rhododendron and was immediately drawn to the delicate pink flower clusters. Rhododendron activates compassion, with a message to "be kind to yourself." It embodies the rich warmth, love and understanding that a mother has for her child. 

When I first began incorporating the elixir into my water (5 drops, taken 5 times per day) I was in my first trimester, pregnant for the first time and feeling overwhelmed by the life shifts coming my way. And yet, even though I had not met this little wonder, I already understood what a mother's love felt like -- that stable, enduring, unconditional kind of love which dissolves fear. I also understood that in order to love my child completely, I would have to love myself, mother myself, and be compassionate with my body as it began to change. 

Now, in my final trimester, which I'm lovingly calling the "home stretch" -- stretch being the operative word -- I am understanding the subtle shifting effects of the Rhododendron elixir. The act of adding these golden drops to my drink each day reminded me to stop, to be grateful for the precious present moment, and to be kind to myself. I've prioritized self care in a way that is deeply nourishing. I've been more patient with my body, I have never felt more radiantly beautiful in my own skin, and I cannot wait to meet our sweet baby girl (fueled by pink flowers!) It's such an honor to play a part in this flower evolution, although, it could also be called a flower revolution...  a movement of people taking back their lives, not through medications filled at a pharmacy, but through the time honored wisdom of the earth and by becoming more in tune with the rhythms of their own feelings. 

I'm SO thrilled for Katie Hess and the Lotus Wei team and congratulate them on creating the most beautiful book! The photography by Louie Schwartzberg is absolutely stunning and the content from Katie is filled with wisdom, joy and truth. It will make a gorgeous addition to any well-curated coffee table or wellness library and is a thoughtful holiday gift for anyone who ever wanted to bloom into the full expression of their true Self! 

Order Flower Evolution HERE and be entered to win a bevy of amazing prizes (from a 2-night stay at a luxury resort in AZ, $1000 Lotus Wei shopping spree, to a personal 1-on-1 consultation with the flower expert herself!) Pre-order today! 

To learn more from a fellow green beauty guru, check out Marcella Tam, the brains behind the beauty blog Naturally Marcy and her personal flower elixir experience

Patience and compassion can move mountains. Be kind to yourself! 

XO, 

Jess

#selfcare #dailyrituals #innerbeauty #organiclife

Doug Arnaudin

Remembering Sacred Beauty

Doug Arnaudin

After attending the last Sacred Beauty Salon Series with Rebecca Casciano, I felt inspired to share the experience. But how can one put into words the beauty of such a transformational day? One part soul-detoxing therapy session. One part makeup lesson. All parts fabulous and 100% worth the investment.

It’s late December in NYC and a cool winter light fills a cozy room in Chelsea. Women of all ages and backgrounds are gathering; the energy in the room is palpable. Smiles broaden as old friends greet one another and new friends are introduced and welcomed with open arms. The room is alive with color and texture and life and laughter. We nosh on fresh veggies with hummus, vegan chocolates, and delectable raw pumpkin seed milk with spices that a guest brought to share. Rebecca Casciano, the fire-haired maven who brought us all together, invites guests to sit in a circle, and get comfortable. We begin with a guided meditation. Amber glass candles flicker and as the flame dances, we draw deeper into the present, experiencing our breath entering and exiting our lungs. We release fear and insecurity. Sacred silence fills the room and expands across us like a blanket.

This is a safe place.

Then we are given a writing prompt and asked to reflect. We dig deep into the spaces which we normally guard.  Silence again, except for the scratching of pen to paper. We are wildly liberating these feelings from our hearts. They are spilling out onto the page. Who knew there was so much to write? Afterwards, it’s time to share. I raise my hand and as I read, I can feel my face flush. In a world of disconnect we are rarely asked to be so vulnerable. Others share, too. We laugh. Some cry. We feel free, and connected, and empowered in a way none of us really expected.

As the day progresses, women who started out strangers, have become sisters. Rebecca shares her expert makeup tips. We gather around mirrors and adorn ourselves with the most beautiful organic makeup products. Compliments rain down like sparkly confetti! “That red looks gorgeous on you!” “Jess, your brows are amazing!” This feels like one big grown-up slumber party and we love every minute!

In her soothing voice, Rebecca gives closing remarks of encouragement. Is it time to leave already? How did four hours zoom by so fast? Guests look even more radiant than before, but it’s more than the glistening highlighter on cheekbones, and newfound vibrant lipstick… We are all glowing from within. There is a new lightness in our soul and I am reminded of the quote,

“she was the type of woman

that made every room

beautiful

with her freedom

After Sacred Beauty Salon Series, we have each become that woman.

There’s one workshop left in this year’s series. Join us. Support this truly sacred community of women and experience the magic for yourself!