I recognize the intense power of relaxation and releasing tension. It is necessary to detach from our hectic, technology-driven, stimulating environments, and enter a state of bliss. Thus, I have acquired the habit of taking bubble baths. At least two times a week, I fill my tub up with warm, bubbly, rejuvenating water. I leave my phone in my bedroom, and allow any tension to melt away as I slip under the surface of bubbly goodness. I spend a few moments simply observing my breath--every inhalation and exhalation reaching the depths of my lungs as my stomach rises and falls. To heighten this awareness, I submerge my ears below the surface so my only auditory awareness is my breath and beating heart. My circulation and heart rate increase as my muscle tension and thoughts of the day drift away. Lavender fills my olfactory system. I try not to think of what I will need to do after bathing, nor do I label my thoughts; I simply lay and observe. I observe what I'm feeling and thinking. Sometimes, my mind wanders (okay, if often does) and I see what thoughts arise and fall. I let go of unnecessary mental tension that has transformed into bodily restrictions.
Once my meditative process has given me a sense of clarity and release, I sometimes indulge in a book or magazine, or watch the candle flicker, or simply do nothing. There is true joy in doing nothing and simply being. I recognize being alone and unoccupied can be stressful for some people, especially since our environment is so stimulating today. What happens when we remove the outside stimuli and are left with our minds?
Need quality bubble bath supplies? My baths always include Every Day Shea Bubble Bath in the lavender scent. I sometimes mix in a LUSH Bath Bomb such as Big Blue, which literally turns your tub into an ocean (blue tint, seaweed floating about), or a piece of LUSH Bubble Bar (my favorite being "A French Kiss," of course, because of lavender).