Whenever I feel discomfort, emotional or physical pain, a craving or whatever it may be, I can give it a warm bath.
A friend (SL) shared this one with me. When I first heard it, it sounded a bit simplistic and even silly for about half a second until I gave it a second thought and tried it out for myself.
Here is what I discover when I do it. Giving it a warm bath…..
- Allows it to be as it is. There is a built-in allowing.
- There is kindness towards it. A built in kindness.
- It’s somatic. It invites feeling the sensations.
- It’s visceral and it’s simple. We all know how it feels to take a warm bath, so we know how to give it to the experience. We don’t need to understand or know anything more.
As usual, this is not to make it “go away”. It’s more so it’s easier for me to feel it, and look at the images and words associated with it. It’s also so I can reverse my old habit of wanting to push away any unpleasant or uncomfortable experience, and instead meet it, and notice it’s already allowed and already noticed.