I wanted to share the meditation practice that I did this morning – I know you’ll love it!
It’s a very simple + powerful meditation combined with a fun bathtime ritual.
Most likely you’ll have some of these ingredients at home already:
– Pumpkin puree, one can, scooped out into a bowl
– Your favorite yummy spices from the kitchen
(I used roughly 2 Tb. cinnamon, 1 Tb. clove + 1 Tb. ginger; other good ones are nutmeg, allspice)
– Pile of salt – epsom salts or sea salt (I used about 2 cups)
In your favorite beautiful bowl, mix together the pile of salt with your favorite yummy spices. Run a hot bath + put your supplies next to the tub: bowl of salt + spices, bowl of pumpkin.
Optional: before you get into the tub, strip down + give yourself a quick massage with Pure Energy Serum – apply the oil starting from the calves + working your way up to thighs, belly, back, heart, shoulders, arms + face. This oil shields you from taking on others’ stress, jumpstarts your circulation, warms the body, boosts the immune system + balances hormones.
Gently step into the hot water + get settled. Pour salts + spices into the bath, swishing around the salts until they dissolve. Apply a mask of pure pumpkin to your face – pumpkin is soooo nourishing + feels so lovely! (Super hydrating, with enzymes that cleanse the skin + vitamins that feed the skin.)
Whatever pumpkin is left, add it to the bath water. Sink yourself into the most comfortable position + begin the meditation.
Start by thinking about all the people who have been kind to you at any point in your entire lifetime … your mother who carried you in her belly, family, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, pets, teachers + strangers who have shown you kindness, no matter how big or small. Spend a few minutes reflecting … all the kindnesses people have shown you in the last week, years, decades.
If, during this time you think of someone who has been unkind to you, thank them for teaching you, i.e., thank you for teaching me confidence, fierceness, fearlessness, how to set boundaries, the power of jealousy, how to forgive. Thank you for teaching me that my anger can be clarifying, for teaching me about myself, about human nature …
Then reflect on all the kindnesses you have shown others in your lifetime … the children you’ve shown love to, the smile you gave someone, when you cared for your grandmother, or were present with someone when they were born or when they passed. All the times you fed or walked pets, meals you have made for others, a connection you made, any simple or incredible kindness you can think of. Rejoice in the many instances that you have shown kindness to others no matter how small or vast. Revel in this feeling of love + kindness.
Then reflect on the kindnesses of complete strangers: the people who made your clothes, those who delivered your packages, who grew + harvested the food you eat, who designed + assembled your car so it would be safe …
When tears spring to your eyes or you feel overwhelmed with gratitude, rest in that space for a minute – do this by letting go of generating more thoughts – just focus on how your body feels in the warm bath, put your attention on the aroma of the spices + pumpkin, focus on how it feels to be breathing in + out. If thoughts jump in your mind, just keep coming back to the smell of spices + pumpkin + how heavy + warm your body is. Do this until your breathing slows + your mind is as still as the hot water you’re soaking in.
Whenever you’re ready, seal your experience by dedicating your meditation to all beings who are connected to you, known + unknown. Dedicate the salts to purifying any negativities + dissolving any suffering any of those beings experience. Dedicate the spices to waking up their brilliance, unique genius, perfection + special qualities. Dedicate the pumpkin to nourishing all the beings who have shown you kindness + taught you about life.
Dedicate the same for yourself – the salt dissolves any confusion, the spices wake up your brilliance, the pumpkin nourishes you … that magnificence ripples out to the vast web of all beings who have been connected to you at any time in your life. You see that all of the beings you are connected to are free from any attachment or negative emotions: they are deeply peaceful, vibrant + happy.
When you get out of the bath, if there’s a ring of spices around the tub, you can view it as any last little residual discomfort (yourself or others) that you can wash it down the drain with the spices (it makes cleaning the tub enjoyable + meaningful).
This practice can be done anytime! You’ll be surprised how powerful this practice is. And at how others feel you reflecting on them with gratitude. You may get unexpected calls or get showered with unexpected love. It’s so wonderful to experience + spread the loving-kindness that connects us all!