|Walden Pond in Concord, MA - one of my "Happy Places"|
The water will be there all year round, but has a special significance in this hot season. People flock to lakes and beaches to be rejuvenated. It has the power to cool and center us. If we allow it.
I recommend that we each take some time this month to be with the healing power of water. Swim in it. Watch it lap against a shore line. You might even take a few extra centering moments in your routine shower.
If you are landlocked, try this meditative shower practice
- Choose a time of day outside of your usual hygiene routine to break the predictability and promote mindfulness. I prefer the evening to help "wash the day off" (makes getting into clean sheets especially lovely).
- Light candles or use dim lights in the bathroom as you prepare for your healing shower.
- Try using cool water. This can be pleasant and energizing. Trust me!
- As you step in the shower set the intention to be present with the physical sensations you are about to experience.
- Remember to take cleansing belly breaths.
- Rinse from head to toe stopping at points that feel like they need extra attention.
- Step out of the shower, pat dry, and try to stay with the renewed feeling.
- You might choose a mantra or statement to close your practice. It can be deeply spiritual, or totally silly. True story: I often sigh deeply and say out loud: "I feel like a new woman"