Blending Meditation with Bath Time: Simple Tips to Transform Your Shower Routine
Meditation is one of the most powerful tools known to mankind. For several centuries, meditation has been hailed as an extraordinary practice in India, frequently mentioned in mythological texts as a method to attain enlightenment and become one with the divine.
Today, this seemingly simple act has been proven to not only relieve stress, but also relax the body, boost mental health, improve clarity of thought, and help find a deep sense of fulfillment and peace.
In the current generation, our hectic lives are primarily centered around materialistic needs and capitalist social structures. In the midst of this hustle, our mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are left unattended. We often find ourselves with no time to spare for a moment of mindfulness during the day, let alone the time to engage in meditation.
What if you could combine meditation with an essential part of your daily routine? The humble bath has a lot in common with meditation. They both offer relaxation and uplift the mood while rejuvenating the body and mind when performed in the right spirit. Combining your bath time with meditation would not only save time but also boost the benefits of your otherwise mundane and superficial shower routine.
Here are a few simple steps you can follow to blend meditation with bath time and transform your bath routine into a mindful and restorative experience.
All About You
You spend your entire day surrounded by people (physically and virtually). Even when you think you’re scrolling through your phone alone, you’re still constantly being stimulated by thoughts and ideas. This is why it’s crucial to carve out a few minutes in your day to be all about you and you alone.
Your daily shower or bath is the perfect time of the day to dedicate to yourself and spend some quality “me-time” on your own. Use this time to tune into your thoughts, have a real conversation with yourself, or simply check in on how you’re feeling. This tiny act will leave you feeling so much lighter!
Focus on The Senses
Bath and meditation as a combined activity can be further enhanced by making it a sensory affair. In fact, nearly all your senses can be tapped into to elevate the experience.
Change the ambiance for a deeply relaxing and meditative experience in your bathroom. Go for dim lighting with a few candles to truly set the mood. The flickering flames will immediately transport you to a different realm. The Diya is a natural candle infused with a blend of aromatic floral oils including Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. You can try a simple activity by focusing on the candle flame for a minute before closing your eyes and letting the image stay in your mind’s eye for as long as possible.
Settle yourself into a tranquil yet peacefully alert state of mind as you draw your consciousness to the present moment. You can do this by focusing on the sounds around you- the mesmerizing trickle of water in your shower, the rhythmic beat of your heart, and the gentle hum of your breath rising and falling. If you prefer, you may quietly chant a mantra of your choice, or simply choose to focus on the relaxing symphony of natural sounds around you. You can also use this opportunity to use meditative apps like Calm or tune into a relaxing playlist like this one.
The olfactory sense is often the most ignored of all the senses. However, it can prove to be one of the most profound and impactful of them all if engaged correctly. You can choose to add a few drops of essential oils to your bath or light a scented candle to instantly transform your regular bath into a luxurious experience. For a fragrant yet nourishing option, we highly recommend mixing a few drops of our Body Oil to the water. This replenishing blend of oils, herbs, and essential oils will leave your skin feeling soft, moisturized and pleasantly aromatic.
Harness the power of massage to let yourself physically benefit from the meditative bath experience. Rub a few drops of the Body Elixir all over your body, while massaging your skin and muscles with firm yet gentle strokes. Be mindful of any tension or tightness, and gently ease your body and mind as you go along. Make sure to focus on the sensation of the water as it passes over your skin, the droplets dancing across your limbs.
The 10-15 minutes you spend every day in the shower can easily be transformed into a complete act of self-care by combining meditation with your bath time. We highly recommend that you try to implement this simple practice in your daily life. Don’t aim for perfection- just focus on dedicating this time to yourself and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how this small act can change your life.