I have an exercise for you to try and I would greatly appreciate your feedback on it once you complete it. It’s an exercise that you’ll do before and in the shower and it will help ground you to be more present. Because if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself planning and visualizing in the shower. Now, I’m not saying those things are not good by any means, I’m just saying there’s a time and a place for them. The shower is a time to be present in our body and to truly embrace the hot water flowing down our skin. It’s a time to be alone with ourselves and to be okay with it. If we’re always planning and visualizing in the shower, we’re missing out on some serious self-care in which can actually make us more creative in our experience.
This 3 step process will help you to feel more present in the shower:
#1. Spend some time with yourself naked in the bathroom before jumping in the shower
Yes, it may sound strange but it’s not. If you’re not even able to look at yourself naked without having something awful to say, you’re most likely not present in the shower. I want you to just look at yourself in the mirror and I want you to say something out loud that you love about your body before jumping in. I want you to use the tips of your fingers to glide them all over your body and to notice how it feels. I want you to reach down to touch your toes and to do whatever stretching feels comfortable to you. Just spend some time with yourself. It doesn’t need to be long, five minutes is golden.
#2. When you’re about to put shampoo or body wash on, stop
Notice if you’re rushing the process. Put the bottle down and turn around. Take a few deep belly breaths by pushing your stomach outwards. Feel your belly release the air and try it again. Complete 3 mindful breaths and then go ahead and put your shampoo or body wash on. I don’t know which one you start with so that’s why I’m putting both, lol. Wanting to relate, ya know?
#3. Every time your mind wanders or becomes distracted, bring your attention to a focal point in the shower
Yes, every single time bring your attention to a specific focal point. You could count tiles in your shower, you could read directions on your conditioner, you could complete a roll up, or you could just embrace the water on your skin. It doesn’t matter what the focal point is as long as you practice bringing your attention back to the present moment. Continue to practice and change your life. The shower is a great time to practice being present because you’re alone with yourself (unless you’re getting freaky.) Have fun!!!
Being alone with yourself is critical to the practice of Mindfulness. Being connected with yourself and realizing your inner greatness is an exciting process. It’s challenging and scary at times, but with support, resilience, and an inner drive, anything is possible. Believe me when I say you’ll know when you’ve found your purpose in life because you won’t be able to shut up about it. You’ll feel so much more alive and you’ll start to embrace the uncomfortable to feel more growth. Growth is contagious and being present makes the challenges worth it. Grounding yourself with concrete commitments and finding those who will support you along your journey is key. Appreciating and embracing the small successes and not getting in your own way can be difficult when we strive for so much more.
The practice of Mindfulness is extremely valuable and has already changed many people’s lives, including mine. It helps us to have a better relationship with ourselves so that we can get out of our own head to experience life to the fullest. That’s why I love it so much. I know the importance of visualization, planning, and goal-setting but also know that if we’re not careful, we can sure miss a lot of our own experience. We can be focused on the past, worrying about the future, or focused on what we’re doing wrong in the present.
The practice of Mindfulness means something different to everyone but here’s why I practice it,
I need Mindfulness to ground myself and my thinking. I need it to increase feelings of calm so that I can be in charge of my own thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness helps me remember to take breaks throughout my day and helps me release other people’s expectations of how I should live my life. It has significantly decreased my own stress and anxiety which has allowed me to get off my prescription medication. It has increased my positive emotions, resilience, intrinsic motivation, and creativity. It’s been a game changer in my life and I’m very grateful to share it with all of you.
Thank you for all of your support
I really do appreciate it all and sending you all love right back
Sarah Fast – Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker