Have you been told that meditation and prayer are great things to do in your daily routine? I had heard this and I knew that the research said that people who meditated were happier. I had long wanted to begin a daily practice of meditation. But in my busy life it was hard to sit in my room and say, 'Om' when my 5 and 8 year old were running around our apartment. It wasn’t until I started to take sacred baths that I easily and regularly instituted this practice.
A sacred bath is a bath that includes essential oils, crystals, an intention, meditation and prayer. It just takes 25 minutes and it includes a powerful high impact time that facilitates your personal transformation. While a regular bath is for your physical hygiene, a sacred bath is good for your spiritual, emotional and mental hygiene. Today, I was reflecting on why the space of my sacred bath made it easier, more enjoyable and more practical for me to meditate. Here are 5 reasons:
1-I Take a Bath Anyway: Taking a bath doesn’t require a lot of energy or time and it’s quiet. I’m already relaxed when in my bath so it’s the perfect place to institute a regular meditation time. And since most of us have a regular practice of bathing it is an easier transition for people because it’s already part of their routine.
2-It feels like an Oasis not a Should: Often meditation can feel like a chore instead of a gift. It can be one more thing you “should” do and we all have enough of those! But when we do things that feel like a gift, we look forward to them and we are more likely to maintain that habit. Creating a good smelling, high vibration sacred bath is like a mini vacation and meditating in that environment feels easy and sumptuous. It feels like self-care and a chance to connect with your Spirit. This is something you will miss during your work day and it’s a great way to begin your day.
3-People Leave Me Alone While I am Bathing: As a mother of a 5 year old and a 7 year old, there is never a dull moment. My kids did not leave me alone when I tried to do an exercise video in the living room or when I was meditating on a pillow in my bedroom but they have learned that when mommy takes a bath and she locks the door for 25 minutes, they need to wait quietly or to go to daddy with things. Perhaps this is because the bathroom is already known as a quiet private place where we leave people alone. We all need “alone time” and this is healing and precious.
4-I Didn’t Have to Say a Mantra: When I pray and meditate in my sacred bath, I just have an intention, usually some way to improve my life. This feels natural to me. When my mind wanders to worries or every day matters I bring it back to my intention and ask for guidance on it. I always intend that I let go of all that is negative while bringing unconditional love and peace into my auric field and bath. Then I do some deep breathing and see what guidance I receive. In, The Book of Sacred Baths,’ that I wrote and published with Llewellyn Worldwide, I have 52 bathing rituals to help you revitalize your Spirit and you don’t have to say, Om!’ once. I think this approach can feel easier for the beginner meditator. And you can still invite in your Higher Self and even God into your sacred bath for support and guidance.
5-There is a designated Space and Time: When I am trying to create a new habit in my busy life, it helps to have a designated time and space for it. Luckily I already took a morning bath, so I just paired it with these other habits (like meditation and prayer) so that my ego wouldn’t resist it. Most people make time for a regular shower or bath already. It would feel odd not to. This is a sneaky way to make it seem odd not to meditate daily in your bath too. It makes that time exponentially more powerful because it becomes your spiritual hygiene as well as a physical purification. Give it a try. If you can remember to brush your teeth, you can do this. And, you’ll look forward to how good it feels!
6-Water is very relaxing- When you relax in the sacred waters, practice deep breathing. Let all Monkey Mind thoughts or negative emotions go down the drain and allow yourself to be an empty vessel to receive guidance and unconditional love. This also puts you into your parasympathetic nervous system which is deeply healing.
7-Water Maximizes Guidance- Some say that water is a conductor of energy and it maximizes your intuition and your ability to receive guidance. I have gotten some of my best messages and creative ideas while bathing so I have found this to be true. The only way to know is to try it.
Bio: Dr. Paulette Sherman is a psychologist & author of, 'The Book of Sacred Baths: 52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit,' published by Llewellyn. She does therapy & life coaching & was an expert on The Early Show, Fox 5, 77WABC radio, NPR’s Cityscape and 70+ outlets including Fox Business, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Elle, The NY Times and The Huffington Post. Her website is www.sacredbathing.com