Guys…I had the most awesome meditation experience in the tub tonight! (Hey, get your head out of the gutter!) Once in awhile when I need a de-stress/reset time, I really enjoy taking a shower-bath. You know, the time when you lay down in the tub and just let the water pound down on you until your tub is full and you have to let the water out and begin filling again? I just needed some “me-time” to just veg and relax. But…my brain would NOT stop!
Everything that happened during my day came rushing in. All of the ideas that I REALLY wanted to think about seemed to be shoved to the back of the line. I took a bath to relax and feel creative, and there I was just rehashing every little thing that happened during the day. I didn’t have a bad day, but like I said, I just wanted to relax and find my creative zen.
I knew my hot water was going to turn cold sooner than later. I also knew I wasn’t going to let that happen without truly relaxing. This is when I made the decision to tell my brain to take a chill pill. It worked! I kid you not….I found zen success!
I decided to try to guide myself through a short mediation. I absolutely LOVE guiding people through Yoga Nidra, so why not try it on myself. I was a bit skeptical that I’d be able to find the successful zen state that I was yearning for since I was going to have to guide myself, but hey, what did I have to lose? Nada!
I wasn’t exactly sure how I would begin, and didn’t want to do a full body scan (hot water was at a prime, ya know?) I decided maybe I’d begin to visualize my self taking a walk. Before I knew it I was walking on a pebbled path through a beautiful field of wild flowers. I was taking time to notice the colors, and even focused on the fragrances surrounding me. I felt light and carefree. I didn’t ask where I was going, I just let my walk happen. Soon I realized I could see an ornate wooden box that wasn’t much bigger than a bread box. As I came upon it, I realized that I was able to open the box, but there was also a small key laying next to the box. I lifted the lid in anticipation of what may be inside. To my dismay, it was empty. However, I was being nudged to fit the key inside the little lock, and right on cue a secret compartment was revealed. Inside was a tiny folded piece of paper that was meant only for me. It helped answer questions I had at that moment, and gave me the information I was seeking. The message was one I really needed to hear. Before I knew it, I was being “told” by a voice inside my head that it was time to go back. I was instructed to fold the paper and place it back in the bottom of the box. I was asked to lock the box, and when I did, it shrunk to an unbelievably tiny size (about the size of a quarter), and the key was magically attached to a fragile chain that now hung around my wrist. Any time I needed to be reminded about my message, I could simply reach into my pocket and touch the tiny box. Somehow I knew that if I needed a new message, I could take out the box, unlock it and the answers would be there for me.
I had a difficult job coming back into my time in the shower. I was really enjoying my walk and the discovery of the box, and the messages I received were so valuable. They aligned with feelings and beliefs about myself that I have been working diligently to change. I knew, though, that it was time, and I very slowly opened my eyes and returned to my awareness of the water as it flowed down onto me.
I feel really good about the state I was able to achieve. My mind felt refreshed and renewed, just as I had hoped when I hopped into the shower in the first place. I have no idea how long my journey lasted, but it was as long as it needed to be. I came away with an incredibly empowering message and felt so wonderful!
I know that if I can do this, you can too! All it takes is a little belief in your ability to let yourself “go” somewhere else for a few minutes. Meditation doesn’t have to be a hour long event. It can be as long or as short as you need it to be. The most important thing is that you ALLOW yourself the TIME to be mindful. It would be amazing if we could all take an hour out of each day to meditate, but the sad reality of most of our lives is that we just don’t have the time for that. I feel that something is better than nothing, so a short mindful experience definitely beats no mindful experience.
It is my belief that most people have a great misunderstanding of meditation. I think the way we often see it portrayed leads most to believe that you need to be a new age hippie, who sits on a fancy pillow in front of an alter, chanting and burning incense. This just is not true. Mediation is simply letting go and being mindful. Meditation is focusing on feelings that you are experiencing, letting thoughts go, and enjoying the moment. Did you know that you can even move during meditation? Try taking a meditative walk! You can walk through a labyrinth or through a forest, but the important idea is that you walk in silence and just pay close attention to your surroundings, feelings and inner thoughts. If you listen carefully, you will receive the knowledge you seek!
For a greater connection, try grounding yourself first. Now, I know you may thinking, “Ummm…do WHAT? Isn’t that all crazy stuff for spiritual, new age, psychic types?” No! Anyone can learn to ground themselves and keep their energy safe from others. I’ll write a post on this later. For now, I want to keep this meditation thing as simple as possible for you newbies out there who just may be inspired to try it, in or out of the tub!
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