LATHAM THOMAS - Founder of Mama Glow
"BEAUTY IS KNOWING YOUR INTRICATE TOPOGRAPHY, EMBRACING YOUR LUMINOSITY, AND TRUSTING YOUR MAGIC."
RITUAL • What are your daily inner + outer rituals to cultivate beauty and radiance?
Every day I am presented with an opportunity to honor the body that houses my soul. I can design my day and allow spirit to order my steps intentionally. I start the day with a seated practice in silence for prayer. I have a ritual of oiling my face before I exfoliate. Then I rinse, mist, then lather and massage my face and neck with oil and seal with a cream. Some of the products I use include: Tata Harper Skin Care, Uma Oils, Naturopathica. For the bath: Truly Aesthetic Affirmation bath salts.
NOURISH • What are your staples for beauty + wellness + radiance?
Water is the sustainer. I drink a lot of water. I love Spirit Dust by Moon Juice for my smoothies in the mornings. I started taking a dose of Collagen in my filtered water by the Beauty Chef. I eat lots of local and seasonal leafy green veggies, garlic, almonds, avocado. I let Mother Nature decide what I should eat, given the season. I love edible blossoms. Right now I am into Black Locust blossoms and wild watercress. Food becomes your blood, your thoughts and your actions… so I believe in choosing wisely what goes into my body temple.
BODY • How do you keep your body healthy, strong, and powerful?
I practice movement. I go outside, I make sure to get my feet in some soil regularly. Sex and intimacy is a wonderful way to de-stress. I’d like to note though that I am not seeking balance in my life. We are constantly in a state of dynamic equilibrium- which means that we are being thrown off balance constantly to keep things propelling in motion so we can grow. If things are balanced- there is no room for growth along the continuum. I am striving to become a better version of myself and movement helps remind me of that when I am on the yoga mat, in a kickboxing class, or on a hike.
MIND • How do you stay grounded, confident, and centered in this modern day craziness we call life?
Meditation, prayer, and friendship are what help me stay centered. My child is a wonderful stabilizer, his presence keeps me stable. I love a good book, that helps to unwind the mind. I am a Taurus so the core of my being is about stability and being grounded.
SPIRIT • BENSHEN means 'root of the spirit' - how do you root your spirit into your life, which in turn, keeps your body beautiful, healthy, and radiant?
Giving thanks when I rise up is automatic- my grandmother taught me the power of prayer at an early age. Spirit permeates everything so I don’t see it as a separate part of who I am. It’s my essence, your essence. Every day I make a choice to listen to the voice within that ignites me in spirit and in flesh to keep going. I am inspired to make a difference each day, to touch someone in an impactful way. This is why I am so compelled to do the work I do with women and mothers- ushering new life into the world requires a reference for spirit and a celebration of the magic of the female body. The root of spirit is that it is in everything, everywhere, we are alchemists.