It had been a trying day.
In fact, the entire week had been one of finishing work-related projects, Christmas shopping, and preparing for a trip. I was frazzled.
After cleaning my face and donning my pajamas to indulge in a mindless TV show, I glanced out my kitchen window and noticed moonlight bathing my backyard and hot tub. My hot tub … something I tend to forget is available to me for stress release.
I turned off the TV, grabbed a towel; and after carefully flipping back the spa cover, I immersed myself in the hot bubbling water.
What happened next was nothing short of magical.
As the waters flowed over my shoulders and feet, I began to notice everything around me. My senses became fully engaged as I heard the rustling of leaves blowing in the light breeze and smelled the smoke emanating from my neighbor’s chimney. I listened to the gurgling water as it enveloped me in its warmth. Lying back, I stared at the clear winter sky, dotted with stars, and tried to recall various constellations. I sang a couple of songs from an earth chant CD. I realized many of the neighbors on my usually quiet street had already departed for the holidays, making it a really peaceful place, except for the water and my voice.
I think my next mini-retreat will take place in my bathtub, where I’ll toss in some Himalayan bath salts, light a couple of scented candles, and enjoy the warm stillness. I may even add some nature-inspired sounds or earth chants and meditate and sing in my tub.
After a couple of years working on my retreat coach certification, I think I’m finally catching on that one can retreat anywhere at any time. We just need to make the time and open our hearts and minds to the possibilities and miracles that unfold.
Let the waters flow!
Retreat Coach Amy Walton | Authentic Life Retreats