Mindful indulgence. Can there be such a thing? Because I was under the impression that mindfulness definitely centred round abstinence of one form or another. One must silently drink matcha tea and make time to sit still and BE. (Be what?) I assumed there would be pure thoughts and forelock-tugging gratitude involved, and therefore no luxuriating.
The good news about mindfulness
I am delighted to report I was wrong. Jokes aside, mindful practice helps in so many ways, we should be open to the idea of at least trying it. Mindfulness is even being mooted for inclusion on the National Curriculum in schools. Being ‘mindful’ comes in a gazillion different forms; you can move (mindful walking), silence is (of course), optional and you can wangle some indulgence in there too. *punches air*
In the last few years, we have heard about the benefits of taking a few more considered moments in our multi-tasking, always connected lives. On any given day stress can reach stop-the-ride-I-want-to get-off levels and who hasn’t got an eye twitch? Chuck in a sick parent /child /sibling/friend or a difficult situation at work/plumbing issues and we are all up against it.
How do I do Mindfulness?
So, its time to take 5. Some me-time. You can’t have missed the media hype around Hygge, Wabi Sabi, Coorie and my favourite, Gezelligheid. The common trait to all these abstract concepts is positivity gained from the small everyday things. Its as simple as the benefits experienced from being with good friends, lighting a candle, enjoying something delicious, a wonderful view. Comfortable conviviality, which in turn brings feelings of wellness and contentment. Because we can learn to accept imperfections as something beautiful and individual.
We all need some mindfulness in our chaotic, modern lives. Its not costly or time consuming and you decide which activity makes you feel good. Individual moments of mood-boosting calm. Or group ones! There are no hard and fast rules to this route to wellness. I am genuinely pleased to reveal therefore, my discovery of a new brand which embodies ALL of the above and just a magical bit more… because this is feel good, do good on another level.
The really good, cruelty-free news.
Let’s talk UBIETY. Natural therapy for the body AND mind in the form of the most luxurious products. The range is founded on the collective passion and principles of some very wonderful individuals (check out the Ubiety founders here) who in turn connected with creatives, therapists and partners who seek the wonder in the everyday. To this end, inspired by wild woodlands and the strong but soothing power of nature, they’ve created empowering formulations using cruelty-free, botanically-based, ethically sourced ingredients. If you’re here just for the luxury, stick with me…
What does it mean?
I knew you would ask me that. Ubiety derives from Latin and refers to the condition of being in a specific place and moment. The quality of being grounded in a definite space at any given time. ‘Thereness’ if you will.
Most importantly, the products are so carefully designed to deliver just that.
Richard Howard (the alchemist behind the Cowshed range and Arcania Apothecary Ltd) used complimentary therapists’ expertise alongside his own immense experience, to maximise the therapeutic benefits of the Ubiety range. Responding to customers’ desire to break away from the daily stresses and make new moments of beauty and escape, Ubiety was born.
The magic behind Ubiety
The magic? All profit from the Ubiety range goes directly to funding end of life care at the Dorothy House hospice. Richard, a long-standing supporter of the Hospice movement, generously offered to develop a product range which became Ubiety. So, you can luxuriate in your products knowing that purchases provide a different kind of care, at a point when it is needed most. This range doesn’t just smell good and feel good, it’s the very definition of good.
Furthermore, there is a blog section on the Ubiety website with some interesting musings on living well (in a non-preachy way). You can read my contribution here.
Currently there are 6 products in the range and there are plans for more. I’m using them in my rooky attempts at mindfulness. I genuinely love the aromas they leave in my home and on my skin; they feel restorative, uplifting, relaxing. (I am also predictably shallow, so love the fact they look amazing and cool in my bathroom). Besides, these positive benefits of the Ubiety body salve, handwash, hand lotion and scented candle are top of my mindfulness goals, so its a mahoosive win:win situation.
Given Ubiety’s aim to sooth, relax and re-energise the soul, it would seem we can enjoy life through mindful AND indulgent experiences. Now thats something to think about.
Written in partnership with UBIETY. Products gifted.