Day 247: Chill Class with Cate Hart

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What a joy, for my first this evening, to attend this class, taught by my dear friend, Cate Hart. It was an honor to be present for the launch of her newest adventure. And I greatly benefitted from attending the class. In our society, where busyness and overachieving are applauded and rewarded, how refreshing to gather with a group of amazing souls and learn techniques for releasing stress and entering deeply into relaxation.

I met Cate earlier this year and we became immediate friends. I have loved getting to know this beautiful, kind woman. We have shared our stories and aspects of our journeys these past months, often during a great meal that Cate has prepared. Cate has learned much during her journey, about living green and sustainability, about helping a community recover from a major disaster such as an EF5 tornado, about the flow of life itself and shedding resistance, stress and illness. She has such a heart and passion for enriching the lives of others. Just engaging in conversation with this dear soul has been encouraging to me and my journey.

When Cate shared  that she was branching out to offer a new line of services, designed to teach others in a rich variety of topics, I was excited for her and thrilled to be in the audience for tonight’s class. Chill was a casual evening geared toward the introduction of easy to learn techniques to enhance overall well being. Cate offered several approaches to relaxation and raised awareness, practices that we immediately put to use during class. She encouraged audience interaction and her approachable teaching style made it easy to ask questions and be engaged.

I enjoyed the class and the techniques. We met in a classroom at the Wildcat Glades Audubon Center, which was the perfect location for a class on releasing stress. As I practiced walking mindfully, along the bank of windows overlooking one of the nature paths, a family of rabbits frolicked nearby while a brilliant red cardinal perched on a bush. The serenity seeped into my body as I slowly walked the length of the room, aware of my surroundings, aware of others, aware of my body. I deeply appreciated a thought that Cate shared, called If Love Could Speak. She helped us to see that in speaking to ourselves, we should speak as we would to a beloved only child. Rather than criticizing ourselves or beating ourselves up, we can be reminded, what would love say in this moment? Beautiful.

I left the class feeling refreshed and with tools and resources to help me in creating more space in my life for relaxation, beauty and peace. As a bonus, Cate offered a month of follow up, via email, with gentle encouragement and helpful suggestions. What a lovely evening, and what a delightful teacher is Cate. I look forward to her next class!

Day 156: Ultra Detox Bath Soak


Today’s first is something I’ve been wanting to try for months, but the opportunity just hadn’t shown up yet. Tonight, after a busy day, it seemed the perfect time. My first was to experience Dr. Mark Hyman’s Ultra Detox Bath.

This relaxing bath is part of Dr. Hyman’s daily practices during the 10 Day Detox Diet. During my 10 days, I followed the other practices but didn’t get to do this one. Here is the recipe:

Fill a tub with hot water

Add 2 cups Epsom salts, ½ cup baking soda, and 10 – 20 drops of lavender oil.

Light candles, play soothing music, dim the lights

Add one stressed human

Soak for 20 – 30 minutes

The Ultra Detox Bath combines Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), baking soda (alkalinizing), and lavender oil (cortisol and stress reducing aromatherapy). This delicious ritual creates profound relaxation and detoxification. Soaking in the steaming water gives one the triple benefit of mind and muscle relaxation and whole body detoxification.

One of the reasons I’ve not done this yet is that I don’t have a bathtub. I have a large, step in shower, which is great for getting ready in the mornings. My daughter, Adriel, lives a block away from me. I can see the back of her house from the front of mine. I haven’t wanted to intrude or be there using her bathtub when she or Kelly are home. But tonight, I knew no one would be home, and Adriel not only offered the use of a tub, she graciously offered the use of her deep soaking tub in the master bathroom.

I have to say, I was excited! I gathered up the necessary ingredients, except I lacked Epsom salts, and bagged up several white candles. I just needed to pick up Epsom salts. A quick stop at Walgreens and I was ready to detox in the bathtub! Arriving at the house, I found Adriel had left the tv in the master bedroom tuned in to a music channel. I lit candles and started the hot water pouring into the deep tub. I added the baking soda and the Epsom salts. I paused, inhaling deeply. Was Epsom salts supposed to smell so good?

Checking the label, I discovered I’d purchased Epsom salts with Eucalyptus. Since I don’t believe anything happens by mistake, I considered this a happy occurrence. Adding 20 drops of lavender oil made the bath water and indeed, the whole room, smell wonderful. Sinking into that tub of fragrant, hot water was bliss. Eyes closed as I sank back, I took several slow, deep breaths and allowed my muscles to relax, and my mind to clear of chatter.

The next 30 minutes were wonderful. I sipped cold water. I listened to music. I meditated. And finally, I just allowed myself to be.  I was Cindy, soaking quietly in a tub of hot water, happy to be. Nothing more was needed in that moment. At the end of my bath I was deeply relaxed, content, and I trust, detoxed!

I appreciate Adriel allowing me to use her home and tub tonight. I might want to offer her a monthly fee in exchange for use of that marvelous tub. And it just might be possible that in the future I could be seen padding across the street and vacant lot that separates our houses, hair up, wearing a bathrobe and flipflops, on my way to soak!