Ducks ready and lined up?
Candles lit? Towel warmed? Wine poured?
Hmm, that’s a good start.
However, today I like you to consider taking a different kind of bath. Something that will not only clean your outside, but also do a little scrubbing on the inside – gently, of course, more Loofah mitt than wire brush. : ))
Life is all about flow. You know that. It’s so obvious when we get stuck or caught in an eddy. Energy goes down, annoyance rises and, if this state persists, overwhelm settles in and is challenging to dislodge. Sometimes just some little piece feels unresponsive and discouraging, and at other times it’s a big package that weighs on our shoulders and drags us down.
Bath to the rescue!
Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and water is naturally representative of flow. So putting the two together creates a natural and juicy combination to play with to bring some lightness and uplift back into our day-to day experience.
In the next few days, schedule – yes schedule – some Me-time with your bathtub. 60 minutes of uninterrupted time for yourself. No rushing in and rushing out. This is for YOU!
Fill your tub with hot water and add salts, perhaps some of your favourite aromatherapy drops and a sprinkling of rose petals. You may enjoy having lit candles and soft music in the background. Create a loving and sacred space for yourself.
Once you have relaxed a bit in the hot water, pick up your right foot and touch all parts of it. Look at it, feel it. Then tell your foot how much you love it and how grateful you are for its contribution to your life. Feel it deeply, let it sink in.
Then move to your calf, your knee – slowly through your whole body. You choose which order feels good to you. Allow yourself to spend more time with some aspects of your body. You may be surprised how little positive attention you have paid to some of them.
Go through your abdomen, chest, back, down your arms, hands and fingers.
Touch your neck and head. Take your time. Be deliberate. Connect to how it feels: what is familiar, what is unfamiliar? What do you appreciate?
If emotion comes up, let it be there. Sometimes we have ignored a body part or failed to acknowledge it for a while, focused as we may be on what is not right, not working or not looking good.
This is a time for re-connection and integration – so take your time…
Once you have completed your travels along your body, allow yourself to lean back in the water and with eyes closed, breathe quietly and give yourself a few minutes to absorb the impact of this practice.
What are you noticing?
Are you more connected and therefore more relaxed in your body?
Is your awareness drawn to some body aspect that you have been ignoring?
Do you feel more spacious inside and around you?
What feelings are you aware of?
Allow it all. No judgment, but curious observation.
Just keep placing appreciative attention on your beautiful body – that magical vehicle that carries you through this life experience.
Feel free to take some time afterwards to journal about what you noticed and share some of your thoughts below.
If you find some challenges in creating this change in perspective for yourself, let’s have a conversation and explore how I can support you in making this happen.