The Mindfulist

by Dian Reid-Jancicยท Follow Dian on

Prompted by Gwen Bell‘s newest challenge, I created a mindful experience for myself last night. Although, I have to admit, I completely ignored the suggested prompt for today. I’ll get to those, though, I promise….

I turn on the water and twist the lever to 10 o’clock. 9 o’clock sets the water at scalding, 11 at icy (at least for my taste). I plug the drain with a white rubber stopper that I have to first find, then dig out of one of the baskets on the wall. A clear sign that it’s been way too long since I last enjoyed a bath. I press play on my iPod and meditation music begins.

The water steams up from the tub. I worry it’s not hot enough until I step in. It’s hot. The water wraps itself around my toes, my ankles, my calves, my thighs, my belly, my elbows, my shoulders, my neck. As I set my back against the porcelain tub, I notice the coolness of the area above the heated water. I sink lower into the water so my neck is submerged, right to my chin. I look down the length of the tub. I see the reflection of the chrome overflow cover in the water. I notice the shimmer and movement of the water as I breathe. I take baths to relax and get reacquainted with my inner sense of calm. It strikes me that there is no stillness on the water, and yet I feel a quiet, steady, still energy embrace me and move me into tranquility. I embrace this tranquility in silence.

My breaths are slow and long; some deep, some shallow. My meditation track comes to a graceful end, and I sit up easy to pull the drain stop. I hover over the drain to watch the water slip out quietly, my legs crossed in contemplation. I wonder when the water will begin to circle? What makes the water circle? Ah, there it goes… And I watch as the water begins to tornado towards the drain. The lower the water gets, the larger the tornado tunnel becomes. I imagine my tension being whisked away by this twisted water. Less and less water, until it’s completely gone.

I feel relaxed. I feel calm. I feel whole. I feel me. And all at once, I’m struck by how me I really am. More so than I was yesterday, less so than I will be tomorrow, and no more, no less than I could be in this moment.

I replace the drain stop in the basket from which I retrieved it upon drawing my bath. I turn the water on once again to 10 o’clock. I shower because I’ve always felt odd about just taking bath and sitting in my own filth. But not this time. This time, I just want to feel the hot water needling my back for a moment. I feel a slight pang of guilt in my brief waste of water, and then I let go. I lather, I rinse, I repeat.

I spent that time with myself last night in pure, open, mindful enjoyment. The water, the calm, the release. It was all for me. All for the simple experience of doing something for me. In taking notice of the little things, like the reflection in the water and the tornado tunnel of the drain, I wondered what else I might be missing in a life I pay so little attention to. And then I remember that I don’t pay little attention to my life, I just forget about the little things every now and then. I’m reminding myself that I enjoy the little things, even if they don’t seem like they matter. Because they do.

Our lives are so much so made up of the little things. We simply tend to focus on the big things because they’re right in our line of sight. The big things will not allow us to forget them. So let’s spend some time nurturing the little things and maybe, just maybe the big things will thank us.

How do the little things affect the big things in your life?

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  • Beautiful. A moment in time. A lesson in mindfulness. Lovely the way you captured it. Makes me want to take a bath right now.

  • Beautiful meditation, Dian. I have spent the past two days in the Bay Area and this morning, on the way home at dawn, I got some great pictures while interloping on a sleeping orchard. I plan to write about this moment of mindfulness… though it may not be until tomorrow.

    Nurturing the little things. I start, ever and always, with gratitude… which has been and will continue to be for me, one of the most important paths to mindfulness.

  • whollyjeanne

    this kind of mindfulness is what i have long craved, what i intend for 2010. nice post.

  • AlanaSheeren

    Ahhhhhh. Me too. I want a bath too. Lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you, Jeanne =)

  • I want to KEEP bringing mindfulness into everything in 2010. And yet, I know I'll forget and need to re-remind myself (or have a friend remind me) — but I WILL remember.

    But having a group of other re-rememberers will make it so much easier! So glad to have met you through Gwen Bell's 09 Challenge!

  • I want to KEEP bringing mindfulness into everything in 2010. And yet, I know I'll forget and need to re-remind myself (or have a friend remind me) — but I WILL remember.

    But having a group of other re-rememberers will make it so much easier! So glad to have met you through Gwen Bell's 09 Challenge!

  • I want to KEEP bringing mindfulness into everything in 2010. And yet, I know I'll forget and need to re-remind myself (or have a friend remind me) — but I WILL remember.

    But having a group of other re-rememberers will make it so much easier! So glad to have met you through Gwen Bell's 09 Challenge!

  • I want to KEEP bringing mindfulness into everything in 2010. And yet, I know I'll forget and need to re-remind myself (or have a friend remind me) — but I WILL remember.

    But having a group of other re-rememberers will make it so much easier! So glad to have met you through Gwen Bell's 09 Challenge!

  • I want to KEEP bringing mindfulness into everything in 2010. And yet, I know I'll forget and need to re-remind myself (or have a friend remind me) — but I WILL remember.

    But having a group of other re-rememberers will make it so much easier! So glad to have met you through Gwen Bell's 09 Challenge!

  • I want to KEEP bringing mindfulness into everything in 2010. And yet, I know I'll forget and need to re-remind myself (or have a friend remind me) — but I WILL remember.

    But having a group of other re-rememberers will make it so much easier! So glad to have met you through Gwen Bell's 09 Challenge!

  • Thank you for sharing this, Dian. And thank you for giving me “mindful bath” as an upcoming topic! (I have an efficiency loft with shower only, so the only time I take baths now is at hotels. Which is like this rare double treat. And a reason to look forward to hotels.)

  • Thank you for sharing this, Dian. And thank you for giving me “mindful bath” as an upcoming topic! (I have an efficiency loft with shower only, so the only time I take baths now is at hotels. Which is like this rare double treat. And a reason to look forward to hotels.)

  • Thank you for sharing this, Dian. And thank you for giving me “mindful bath” as an upcoming topic! (I have an efficiency loft with shower only, so the only time I take baths now is at hotels. Which is like this rare double treat. And a reason to look forward to hotels.)

  • Thank you for sharing this, Dian. And thank you for giving me “mindful bath” as an upcoming topic! (I have an efficiency loft with shower only, so the only time I take baths now is at hotels. Which is like this rare double treat. And a reason to look forward to hotels.)

  • Thank you for sharing this, Dian. And thank you for giving me “mindful bath” as an upcoming topic! (I have an efficiency loft with shower only, so the only time I take baths now is at hotels. Which is like this rare double treat. And a reason to look forward to hotels.)

  • Thank you for sharing this, Dian. And thank you for giving me “mindful bath” as an upcoming topic! (I have an efficiency loft with shower only, so the only time I take baths now is at hotels. Which is like this rare double treat. And a reason to look forward to hotels.)

  • Beautifully stated. I am bookmarking this post, as it makes me want to jump in the tub right now… I want it as a reminder to do so, as I adore baths and want to make time to take more of them. This is great inspiration. Thank you.

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