Sometimes splurging on a massage or a really great pair of (running) shoes or an exotic foam roller is tough. Not because shopping is a competitive sport—but because you’re a conscious consumer and you shouldn’t need stuff. The work of justifying your purchase to yourself spirals into a mini-identity crisis—something “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw can sort out in an hour, but that leaves most of us exhausted.
Ruby Warrington, author of “Material Girl, Mystical World” (Harper One, 2017) and creator of The Numinous, has a different take on that purchase. Looking fresh in a pink jacket and perched on the black velvet sofa in her art-filled New York apartment, the former features editor for the U.K. “Sunday Times” says, “I am a material being. That doesn’t mean that I’m not also a spiritual and mystical being.”
Far from being a hedonist, Warrington has found that many mystical practices can help us feel great in our bodies—the physical, material experience we are having—and more aligned with the parts of ourselves (the numinous) that we can’t see. So just as Warrington describes mystical practices as a “missing piece in the wellness puzzle,” she places equal importance on physical well-being: “Anything that keeps me feeling optimally healthy will help me to tune into my intuition because that’s when I can really feel what my body is telling me.”