Anointing is an ancient practice of honoring transition times in life. We can practice anointing of ourselves as a way of celebrating our life journeys and what our dreams are for the time ahead.

Gather some carrier oil (like jojoba or almond) scented with essential oils. You can purchase a blend you like in a health food store or you can purchase the carrier oil and essential oils separately so that you can blend your own. I especially love lavender, rose otto, and neroli, but let your nose lead you in discerning which fragrances bless your journey best. Pour a little into a small bowl. Dip your fingers in and begin to bless the different parts of your body.

Feet — bless your feet, asking that they might carry you forward in this season to new possibilities

Hands — bless your hands, asking that they might help you to give form to creative expressions

Heart — bless your heart, asking that it be open to wonder and numinous moments

Throat — bless your throat, asking that you gain courage to speak your truth

Lips — bless your lips, asking that you take in that which is most nourishing

Third eye — bless your third eye (middle of your forehead), asking that intuition and the wisdom of dreams help to guide you.

Blessings on the journey ahead!

Christine Valters Paintner in The Soul of a Pilgrim