7 Reasons Your Bath is the Best Place to Meditate

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.

Happy Bathing!

Paulette

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

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Comment by Paulette Sherman on June 21, 2016 at 8:22am

Good morning Regina,

I hope I've correctly changed the tense issue to first person plural and now the article is a bit under 800 and the bio is 60 words.  I hope you like it.  Please let me know. I'm pasting it here below.  I don't know how to change the approval setting yet but I will see if there is a place for my 'Settings' after this:)  Thank you for teaching me something new.  Have a great day, Paulette

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7 Reasons that Sacred Baths Are the Best Place for Meditation

 

Have we been told that meditation and prayer are important things to do in our daily routine? Research says that people who meditate are happier.  Many of us have wanted to begin a daily practice of meditation but in our busy lives it’s hard to sit in our room and say, ‘Om’ while our kids run around.  But once we take a sacred bath we will easily and regularly institute this practice. 

A sacred bath is a bath that includes essential oils, crystals, intention, meditation and prayer.  It just takes 25 minutes and it includes a powerful high impact time that facilitates our personal transformation.  A regular bath is for our physical hygiene but a sacred bath is for our spiritual, emotional and mental hygiene.  Creating the space for our sacred bath makes it easier, more enjoyable and more practical for us to meditate.  Here are 5 reasons why:

1-       We Take a Bath Anyway:  Taking a bath doesn’t require a lot of energy or time and it’s quiet. We’re already relaxed in the bath so it’s the perfect place to institute a regular meditation time.  And since most of us have a practice of bathing already  it’s an easier transition because it’s part of our routine.

 

2-      It’s an Oasis, not a Should:  Often meditation can feel like a chore instead of a gift.  It can be one more thing we “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 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 our Spirit.  This is something we miss during the work day and it’s a great way to begin our day.

 

3-      People Leave Us Alone While We Are Bathing: For parents there is never a dull moment.  Kids don’t leave us alone when we do an exercise video or meditate on a pillow in the bedroom but they can learn that when we take a bath and lock the door for 25 minutes, they need to wait quietly or to go to daddy.  Perhaps this is because the bathroom is already known as a quiet private place where we leave people alone to do their business.  We all need our “alone time” and this is healing and precious. 

 

4-      We Don’t Have to Say a Mantra:  When we pray and meditate in our sacred bath, we just have an intention, some way to improve our lives.  This feels natural. When our mind wanders to worries or every day matters we can bring it back to our intention and ask for guidance.  We can intend to let go of all that is negative while bringing unconditional love and peace into our auric field and bath.  Then we can do deep breathing and see what guidance we receive.  In, The Book of Sacred Baths,’ published by Llewellyn Worldwide, there are 52 bathing rituals to help us revitalize our Spirit and we don’t have to say, Om!’ once.  This approach can feel easier for beginner meditators.  And we can still invite in our Higher Self and even God into our sacred bath for support and messages, remaining open to receive.

 

5-      There is a Designated Space and Time:  When we are trying to create a new habit in our busy lives, it helps to have a designated time and space for it.  If we already take a morning bath, we can just pair it with some other habits (like meditation and prayer) so that our ego won’t resist it.  Most people make time for a regular shower or bath already.   So this is a sneaky way to make it seem odd not to meditate daily in our bath too.  This makes that time exponentially more powerful because it becomes our spiritual hygiene as well as a physical purification.  If we can remember to brush our teeth, we can do this.  And, we’ll look forward to how good it feels!

 

6-      Water is very relaxing- When we relax in the sacred waters, we can practice deep breathing and allow all Monkey Mind thoughts to go down the drain so we are an empty vessel to receive guidance.  This also puts us into our parasympathetic nervous system which is deeply healing.

 

7-      Water Maximizes Guidance- Water is a conductor of energy.  Doreen Virtue says that it maximizes our intuition and ability to receive guidance.  The only way to know is to try it.

Happy Bathing!

Paulette

 

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 in Manhattan & is a coach featured on Fox 5, The Early Show, 77WABC radio, NPR’s Cityscape & quoted in Glamour, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, The NY Times & the Huffington Post.  www.sacredbathing.com   

 

 

Comment by Regina Chouza on June 21, 2016 at 12:01am

ps ... you might want to change the settings on this article so that you don't have to approve comments before they are published (it keeps us from doubling up on the same article) =)

Comment by Regina Chouza on June 21, 2016 at 12:01am

Thank you Paulette - Thanks for the comment 

I'm sorry, I don't know what is wrong with the email notifications because I haven't been receiving them either - hopefully it will be sorted soon as it appears to be a glitch, but in the meantime I'll keep an eye out for your reply too - thank you so much! Regina

Comment by Paulette Sherman on June 20, 2016 at 8:30pm

Hi Regina,

I'm so sorry I didn't see this till now.  I thought comments would go through my email.  Is there any way to do that so I know if there is something I need to address? I am new to this community and am still figuring out the technical things.  

Of course I would be happy to make any edits., including tone of voice and word count.  I will work on this and get back to you.  I'm about to google 1st person plural or 3rd person for examples LOL but thanks so much.  I am excited you liked it:)  Once I make the edits I will post it under articles again.  Would I tag you somehow or will you just see it?

Thanks,

Paulette

 

Comment by Regina Chouza on June 17, 2016 at 12:26am
Hi Paulette, Thanks for the submission, I really enjoyed reading this. My name is Regina, I'm one of the editors at OM Times.

I have feedback based on our guidelines, namely the the tone of voice as we try to stay away from pieces that are written in first person singular (I/my) to keep the publication from sounding like a blog - or from 2nd person to make it more inclusive. Generally 1st person plural or 3rd person are preferred.

Would you be OK with rephrasing this? Let me know. Otherwise my only other comment is on the wordc count, as oir new guidelines are 500-800 words + 60 for the author bio.

Thanks in advance and let me know if you have any questions.

Blessings!

Regina

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