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Life's small pleasures... a hot shower! May it be so...

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we may find ourselves grappling with stress, anxiety, and the seemingly overwhelming challenges that may be thrown our way. During these times, it's incredible how something as simple as a hot shower can become a sanctuary for rejuvenation. 


A few weeks ago, we had a significant storm ripple through our area, causing destruction and widespread power outages. We are a prepared household with extra water and food, battery-powered lanterns, and flashlights. During the winter, we make sure extra blankets are easy to find. So, when the storm took out our power, we stepped into action, adding ice bags to the refrigerator, and stocking up on extra ice in a cooler. 


We went out for a bite to eat before it got dark and snuggled in. The following day, it all struck me when a friend asked if everything was okay, other than the power. Yes, I replied, but a hot shower would be absolute bliss. It was just that simple. 


A hot shower can provide a much-needed respite when things aren't going well, and I wonder how often we become aware of that. The warm water flowing over our bodies washes off the physical grime and helps to soothe our soul - a perfect place for long, deep breaths—an equalizer. 


I love my mindfulness practices (art, gardening, walking, reading…), and the ability to practice mindfulness in this simple pleasure is powerful.  


Cleansing the Mind: The sound of water, the gentle massage of the shower, and the sense of warmth create a meditative space within the

bathroom. It's a place where you can let your thoughts flow freely or focus on the present moment, letting go of worries and stress. The streaming water from a shower becomes a form of mindfulness, allowing you to find clarity and perspective even during the most stressful days. 


Creating a Self-Care Routine: You acknowledge the importance of self-nurturing by intentionally setting aside time for yourself. Adding candles or your favorite soothing music can enhance the overall experience.


Our lives are woven with many emotional experiences; the simple things often hold the most profound power. The hot shower, a routine activity, emerges as a haven of tranquility during some of the most challenging times. Embracing the simplicity of this can be a transformative experience, offering physical cleansing and a much-needed pause for your mind and spirit. 


The next time life feels overwhelming, consider stepping into the warmth of a hot shower—because sometimes, all you need is the simplicity of water to wash away the complexities of the day.



Cyndi Mariner

Breathing Spaces



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