Growing up as an American born Indian, rituals have been an integral part of my life since childhood. Rooted in tradition, beauty, and devotion, these rituals initially held religious and cultural significance. However, as time passed, I came to understand the profound way in which rituals ground me and bring a sense of presence to each moment. They have become a meaningful practice that connects me deeply to the present.
In today's fast-paced world, rituals have become even more essential for me. They offer a respite from the rush and allow me to reconnect with my deeper self. One cherished ritual is my beauty corner, adorned with a vision board, cards from friends, dried flowers, candles, perfumes, and my BHANSALI jewelry pieces in a lovely jewelry tray. Every morning, after my shower, I take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this corner as I put on my earrings. It serves as a reminder of the beauty that resides within me and extends outward.
I've realized that the most precious aspect of this corner isn't the jewelry or material things, but the words my friends used to describe me – their affirmations of my true self. It's essential to distinguish between external validation and our inherent worth, not just for myself but for everyone.
My morning beauty ritual centers around recognizing and celebrating that inner beauty, reminding me of what truly makes life meaningful. And as I continue down this journey of life, I carry this ritual with me in hopes to share its depth and meaning to the next generation.