Often we add meditation to the list of things we do not have time for. Therefore, it must be incorporated into the things we do have time for. Like showering.
Unless you’re a new parent, this is a non-negotiable task. All of your co-workers silently thank you for scratching it off of your to-do list daily (or more if you’re a gym rat).
The next time you have a shower, use it as a chance to meditate, to unplug. To do less by just being.
As the water runs, take three, slow deep breaths to prepare your mind for relaxation.
As you step in, bring awareness to your body by noticing the physical sensation you experience on your skin as the water hits it. Is it pleasant, unpleasant or neutral?
Notice where you pause. Is it when your back is to the water pressure? Is it when your shoulders feel massaged? This can tell you a lot about which parts of your body have absorbed tension and fatigue.
Imagine that the water can wash away your worries. Slow your mind down. All you feel is the water washing your stress away.
Even if the rest of your day is calling, and even if you only have two minutes, bring presence to the joy of having a shower. This is a daily, easy joy for many of us in Canada whereas it’s a great dream for many people in the world. Send gratitude to the fact that you are able to have a shower and be in this place at this time as you dry off.
Before you open the door into the rest of your day, take three more deep breaths.
You’re now restfully clean.