12 Ways Taking a Sacred Bath Can Make Us Happier

 

A sacred bath includes prayer, meditation, intention, essential oils, crystals and visualization. It’s a consistent, inexpensive time and any bathtub will do.  Sacred baths have a specific intention, meditation and prayer, done with a colored candle, a few essential oils and a crystal.  All this energy supports the intention for that particular bath ritual, to build that thought form.  So, if our intention was to relax, we could have a meditation asking our Guardian angel to help release our tension and burdens.  A prayer could be for this angel to assist us in surrendering to love in that moment. Matching essential oils could be lavender for relaxation and frankincense for spiritual grounding.  A matching crystal to place in the bath water is Celestite, for releasing stress.  The candle could be white to represent peace. 

What follows are 12 reasons that taking a sacred bath can make you feel happier:

 

1-      Self-Care-Having 25 minutes of enjoyable self-care (at least weekly) is incredibly important.  It is therapeutic to connect with our selves, emotions and Spirit in silence.

 

2-      Meditation- Meditation focuses our mind on an intent.  Stilling our mind allows guidance to come in.  It can release toxic thoughts and distractions.  Research by Fredrickson et al. showed that people who meditate daily display more positive emotions than those who don’t. They also display more mindfulness, life purpose and social support, even three months after meditating. 

 

3-      Intention- Our intention directs our outcome in life.  Intention is the mental, emotional and spiritual context that aligns our feelings, thoughts and behavior.  And research shows that intention can manifest in physical reality. Dr. Masuru Emoto asked 2000 people in Tokyo to focus positive intentions toward water samples in an electromagnetically shielded lab in California. There was a different location with water samples that the people didn't know about, as a control.  Ice crystals formed by both sets of water samples were blindly analyzed and photographed and the results indicated that intention did influence the structure of the water.  Thus, perhaps the thoughts feelings and intentions we hold when immersed in win the bath affects the structure and quality of that water. 

 

4-      The Law of Attraction- Our vibration consists of our thoughts, feelings and actions.  We can shift our vibration to become what we want to attract.  Our sacred bath allows us to release blocks and to focus on what we do want.

 

5-      Visualization- We can visualize what we want to attract in every sacred bath.  Research shows that visualization works.  In one study, two groups never played the piano. One group played the scale and the other group imagined playing the scale. Afterwards their brains were scanned and the part of their brain that corresponded with finger movements was the same! 

 

6-      Call in a Higher Power- Part of taking a sacred bath is calling in a Higher power or our Higher Self.  This helps you us to see the bigger picture and to get guidance.  Research suggests that calling in a Higher power may aid depression and increase well-being. 

 

7-      Essential oils: Essential oils are the highest frequency known to man and have healing properties.  Our bodies respond to different environmental frequencies and essential oils may cleanse our aura and clarify our vibration.  If our aura affects what we attract, clarifying it may help us to manifest our desires. 

8-      Crystals- Crystals are natural stones that have their own vibration, color and healing properties.  Crystals cleanse negative energies so we feel happier. Each one has its own structure, frequency and attracts different things. They work on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels to align our subtle energies.  Using a quartz crystal in the bath may amplify and broadcast our energetic intent. 

 

9-      Ritual- A ritual is a set of actions performed for their symbolic value.  Research shows that rituals help us to value something more.  Personal involvement allows us to feel deeply involved in our experience, which can heighten its perceived value.  Also, practicing something in a consistent way can heighten its efficacy.  Rituals often bring us a sense of wholeness and well-being.

 

10-  Journaling- After our sacred bath, we can journal about the guidance that we received to track the changes we want to integrate.  Research shows that writing about our feelings helps the brain overcome emotional upsets and it can leave us feeling happier. 

11-  It can Improve our Relationships- We can take a sacred bath with the intention to attract love, to wash away a bad date or even take a sacred baths with our spouse to improve communication.  This practice can raise the vibration of our relationship and help couples to embrace a higher shared purpose.

 

12-  Relax & Switch into our Parasympathetic Nervous System- Sacred baths shift us into our relaxed healing nervous system.  Our Sympathetic nervous system handles “fight or flight,” preparing us for defense. Our Parasympathetic nervous system rebuilds our body, stimulates digestion and aids physical and emotional healing.   When we breathe deeply we shift into this healing nervous system which enhances  our sense of well-being.

 

To learn more, please get a copy of, ‘The Book of Sacred Baths,’ published by Llewellyn Worldwide.  There are 52 bathing rituals in the areas of relationships, health, career, emotions, finances and Spirit, one bath for every week of the year.

 

Bio: Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is a psychologist and author of, The Book of Sacred Baths:52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit, published by Llewellyn Worldwide.  She has written 21 books and they’re translated into 5 languages.  Her websites are www.sacredbathing.com and www.DrPauletteSherman.com

 

 

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Comment by Regina Chouza on August 25, 2016 at 4:27pm

Thank you for understanding =)

Reiki hugs,

Regina

Comment by Paulette Sherman on August 25, 2016 at 3:42pm
It does make sense. I didn't know that so thank you for clarifying. I appreciate it and will just work on posting my next article then.

Paulette
Comment by Regina Chouza on August 25, 2016 at 2:52pm

Hi Paulette,

Thanks for the note - I sent it through to the publishers on  August 3rd and I'm sure it will be published within the next month, but I don't know when it is scheduled. The way the magazine is set up, we don't have visibility of the articles that are selected until a piece goes live. 

Based on the quality of your piece, I'm confident it will be published soon (usually within 2-3 months of being forwarded to the publishers) ... 

I'm sorry if this isn't what you were expecting but as OM Times is a charity and all of the editors are volunteers who review and forward submissions, we don't have the manpower to feedback on publication dates and the system isn't set up to do it for us.

Hope that makes sense,


Thanks,

Regina

Comment by Paulette Sherman on August 25, 2016 at 10:19am

Hi Regina,

Did the above article on '12 Ways Taking a Sacred Bath Can Make Us Happier' post yet?  If not, can you tell me when it will.  

Thanks,

Paulette

Comment by Regina Chouza on August 2, 2016 at 7:46pm

Hi Paulette,  Thanks for the quick reply.


That's fine, I'll flag it to the publishers,

Have a nice evening!

Regina

Comment by Paulette Sherman on August 2, 2016 at 1:40am
Hi Regina, either way is fine. I'd rather leave the Kouffman because there are other Paulette Shermans. Thanks.
Comment by Regina Chouza on August 1, 2016 at 11:21pm

Thank you! I'll have a look - with the shorter length it should be good to go.

I have one quick question on how you name is displayed in the byline. In your last article, the bio referred to Dr Paulette Sherman and here you have Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman.  Shall we stick with Dr Paulette Sherman or would you like to include the Kouffman in the byline?

Thanks!

Regina

Comment by Paulette Sherman on August 1, 2016 at 3:14pm

Regina,

I just wanted to say that the article I resubmitted was under 800 words now with a 60 word bio.

Thanks,

Paulette

Comment by Paulette Sherman on July 28, 2016 at 12:07pm

Hi Regina, I'm glad you love the topic, thanks:)  I have trimmed it down to 852 words I think and a 60 word bio here.  Thank you!:

12 Ways a Sacred Bath Can Make You Happier:

A sacred bath includes prayer, meditation, intention, essential oils, crystals and visualization. It’s a consistent, inexpensive time and any bathtub will do.  Sacred baths have a specific intention, meditation and prayer, done with a colored candle, a few essential oils and a crystal.  All this energy supports the intention for that particular bath ritual, to build that thought form.  So, if our intention was to relax, we could have a meditation asking our Guardian angel to help release our tension and burdens.  A prayer could be for this angel to assist us in surrendering to love in that moment. Matching essential oils could be lavender for relaxation and frankincense for spiritual grounding.  A matching crystal to place in the bath water is Celestite, for releasing stress.  The candle could be white to represent peace.

What follows are 12 reasons that taking a sacred bath can make you feel happier:

 

1-      Self-Care-Having 25 minutes of enjoyable self-care (at least weekly) is incredibly important.  It is therapeutic to connect with our selves, emotions and Spirit in silence.

2-      Meditation- Meditation focuses our mind on an intention.  Stilling our mind allows guidance to come in.  It can release toxic thoughts and distractions.  Research by Fredrickson et al. showed that people who meditate daily display more positive emotions than those who don’t. They also display more mindfulness, life purpose and social support, even three months after meditating.

3-      Intention- Our intention directs our outcome in life.  Intention is the mental, emotional and spiritual context that aligns our feelings, thoughts and behavior.  And research shows that intention can manifest in physical reality. Dr. Masuru Emoto asked 2000 people in Tokyo to focus positive intentions toward water samples in an electromagnetically shielded lab in California. There was a different location with water samples that the people didn't know about, as a control.  Ice crystals formed by both sets of water samples were blindly analyzed and photographed and the results indicated that intention did influence the structure of the water.  Thus, perhaps the thoughts feelings and intentions we hold when immersed in win the bath affects the structure and quality of that water.

4-      The Law of Attraction- Our vibration consists of our thoughts, feelings and actions.  We can shift our vibration to become what we want to attract.  Our sacred bath allows us to release blocks and to focus on what we do want.

5-   Visualization- We can visualize what we want to attract in every sacred bath.  Research shows that visualization works.  In one study, two groups never played the piano. One group played the scale and the other group imagined playing the scale. Afterwards their brains were scanned and the part of their brain that corresponded with finger movements was the same!

6-  Call in a Higher Power- Part of taking a sacred bath is calling in a Higher power or our Higher Self.  This helps you us to see the bigger picture and to get guidance.  Research suggests that calling in a Higher power may aid depression and increase well-being.

 

7-  Essential oils: Essential oils are the highest frequency known to man and have healing properties.  Our bodies respond to different environmental frequencies and essential oils may cleanse our aura and clarify our vibration.  If our aura affects what we attract, clarifying it may help us to manifest our desires.

8-  Crystals- Crystals are natural stones that have their own vibration, color and healing properties.  Crystals cleanse negative energies so we feel happier. Each one has its own structure, frequency and attracts different things. They work on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels to align our subtle energies.  Using a quartz crystal in the bath may amplify and broadcast our energetic intent.

9-      Ritual- A ritual is a set of actions performed for their symbolic value.  Research shows that rituals help us to value something more.  Personal involvement allows us to feel deeply involved in our experience, which can heighten its perceived value.  Also, practicing something in a consistent way can heighten its efficacy.  Rituals often bring us a sense of wholeness and well-being.

10- Journaling- After our sacred bath, we can journal about the guidance that we received to track the changes we want to integrate.  Research shows that writing about our feelings helps the brain overcome emotional upsets and it can leave us feeling happier.

11- It can Improve our Relationships- We can take a sacred bath with the intention to attract love, to wash away a bad date or even take a sacred baths with our spouse to improve communication.  This practice can raise the vibration of our relationship and help couples to embrace a higher shared purpose.

12- Relax & Switch into our Parasympathetic Nervous System- Sacred baths shift us into our relaxed healing nervous system.  Our Sympathetic nervous system handles “fight or flight,” preparing us for defense. Our Parasympathetic nervous system rebuilds our body, stimulates digestion and aids physical and emotional healing.   When we breathe deeply we shift into this healing nervous system which enhances our sense of well-being.

 

Bio: Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is a psychologist & author of, The Book of Sacred Baths, published by Llewellyn.  ‘The Book of Sacred Baths’ has 52 bath rituals in the areas of relationships, health, career, emotions, finances and Spirit, one for every week of the year. It’s available on Amazon now.  Her websites are www.sacredbathing.com  and www.DrPauletteSherman.com   

 

 

Comment by Regina Chouza on July 27, 2016 at 10:26pm

Hi Paulette,  Thanks for the submission; I love this topic =)

I just checked the word count and it's on the long side (880 words when we aim for 500-800), would you be able to trim it down a bit? Also, any promotional material would have to go in the author bio, for example, where you suggest readers buy your book. Your bio is only 43 words and can be expanded to 60, so it should fit, and that will help you trim down the article =)

Thank you so much,

Regina

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