There are so many benefits of shower meditation. And a new guided shower meditation video on how to take a mindful shower has been published by Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., Sophia Amoruso [Girlboss Radio host & CEO] and Schick.
One of my things is to meditate in the shower. As a meditation teacher and author of the book Your Best Meditation: Book Of The World’s Best Meditation Techniques, I’ve tried pretty much every types of meditation there is. One of the most relaxing ways is to meditate is in the shower.
Enlightened people know that showering isn’t just an opportunity to clean the body, but a chance to cleanse the mind too. Taking a mindful shower has been linked with benefits ranging from relaxation to improving creativity, and is one of the best daily mindfulness meditation exercises.
Jason N Linder, PsyD says, “The shower has all the essential ingredients of a sanctuary: privacy, silence (besides the water), and no interruptions—plus, it can be nice to be naked. ”
Escaping in the shower has become a daily reprieve for many. But if you’ve only been taking a regular old shower, you’ve been missing the point entirely. It is far better, and far more beneficial, to take a practice mindful shower meditation.
Mindful showering is a great way to practise meditation at home because the shower is already a relaxing experience, and meditation simply adds to the relaxation to make it a serenely peaceful time.
There are numerous ways to boost your mental health in the shower. Many people even like to take extremely cold showers for cold-therapy, which has been linked to reducing inflammation and increasing metabolism . But perhaps the best experience is to take a mindful shower meditation.
How To Practice Mindful Shower Meditation
- Create a relaxing experience when you shower. Use scents that you find relaxing and make sure the temperature of the water is pleasant.
- Set your intent and remind yourself that you are taking a mindful shower to get clean in both the body and the mind, and to cultivate inner peace.
- Undress mindfully, without being judgmental of your body. Slowly take you clothes off, moving mindfully like you would if you were practicing tai chi.
- Turn on the shower, mindfully observing the sound as your hand turns the faucet. Get in the shower and take ten deep breaths to relax.
- Now follow your consciousness around your body while you are cleaning, similar to how you would do in Jon Kabat Zinn’s Body Scan meditation. Notice how the water feels on your body. As you clean your body, follow your touch with your mind so that you are meditating on the process of cleaning your body. While you are doing this, also take a few moments to breathe in the steam and to connect with your breathing.
- Take the time to connect with your five senses and observe what you notice through each. Particularly focus on the relaxing scents in the shower, like the scent of the shampoo and soap. Listen to the sound of the splashing water and the feeling of the steam as you breathe in.
- Focus on cultivating self-love as you clean your body. Remind yourself how beautiful and precious your body is.
- Continue to be mindful while you dry your skin. Feel the softness of the towel and your robe. Take a moment to stand naked in front of a mirror. Observe your body. Do you feel self-critical about your body? If you experience judgmental thoughts, label them, saying “This is just a thought” as you would do in Buddhist Vipassana (Insight).
- Express gratitude for the relaxation and for your clean body. Now mindfully observe the sensations of a clean body. How does it feel to have just stepped out of the shower? What kind of energy do you notice? Observe that energy.
Shower Meditation Benefits
Experts state that there are significant benefits of shower meditation. If like many people, you struggle to find the time to meditate or you don’t have a peaceful meditation room where you can sit for twenty minutes, a mindful shower meditation can provide an excellent alternative.
Mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., Girlboss Radio host and CEO Sophia Amoruso and Skintimate [part of Schick] tell THE DAILY MEDITATION that mindful showering can provide an alternative to meditation. The team shared a Youtube video that explains how to take a mindful shower, above, which they say will increase concentration and productivity.
Amuroso tells us that she understands the need to be compassionate to ourselves. She appreciates the importance of “Giving myself permission to do what I need to do. Sometimes that means meditating, sometimes that means just taking a break and not holding ourselves accountable for having the perfect diet and a really rigid schedule and being the most perfectly well-rounded person because we are all dealing with a lot of anxiety right now.”
One of the most enjoyable ways of using meditation is showering mindfully. It’s a chance to get away from the noise and the news. As Amoruso states, “To not be on our phones and to create a sensory experience for ourselves is a way to change our environment. I’ve been taking a moment in the shower and bringing sound and sense into the equation which really transports me from this place I cannot leave right now.”
If you’re looking for a way to relaxing, Skintimate’s guided shower meditation can help.
In Skintimate’s tutorials, they explain how to take a mindful shower (as well as introducing their new line of products, of course). The team states that enjoying pleasurable scents in the shower can help to relax the mind and boost mindfulness. “Each sensory detail helps the brain focus attention in the present moment,” says Shapiro. “As we attend to our experience, we can slow down and savour each moment. Further, the more vivid we make an experience, the more ingrained it becomes in your permanent memory. As we welcome all of our senses, noting what we see, smell, hear, touch, each detail acts as a tiny hook that allows our brain to store the experience in long term memory and learning.”
As meditators, we know that engaging with our senses can help to boost mindfulness and enhance present-moment mindfulness. Meditating in the shower is immensely enjoyable and can help to boost focus and creativity. That’s why, when you’re cleaning your body, you should also make an effort to clean your mind, be mindful, and focus on your senses.
Shapiro says that the shower is one of the best places to be mindful because “it is a private space where you will not be interrupted, it is an easy place to bring alive our senses, and the shower is a natural place of self-care,…”
Meditating in the shower is a supremely relaxing experience that you can add to your daily practice for some much-needed serenity.
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