This exercise is designed to rapidly relieve stress by creating visual sensory deprivation and enhancing auditory and kinesthetic sensations of relaxation. You will be using the spiritual properties of water to cleanse and rejuvenate your physical, emotional, and physical selves.
Choose a time when you are unlikely to be distracted by friends, family, and pets. Enter your bathroom with a small flashlight.Extinguish the light and start the shower. Place the flashlight on the floor near the edge of the bathtub. As you disrobe, enter the shower and sit down.When you are comfortable, reach over the side of the bathtub and turn off the flashlight.
You are now alone in total darkness. Warm water falls gently on your body. Its sound creates a peaceful rhythm that reminds you of a rain shower. Step into this experience and fully immerse your self in it. Begin to take long slow deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth. Exhale twice as long as the inhalations. Do this for at least five minutes. If you need to go deeper into relaxation, imagine the last time that you felt peaceful and serene. Allow that to slowly spread throughout your body and mind.
You can now go into several directions like chanting a sacred word or phrase, like the Hindu “Aum”, or Christian “Jesus” to connect with that energy. Another option is to move into passive meditation. Ask a question to your higher power, guides, and simply listen for an answer.