I realize that many people, probably MOST people, don’t. They see taking baths, at best, as time consuming and at the very worst, somehow, unsanitary.
Ive always wondered at that myself. Its my own dirt, my own germs, my own everything swirling around in that bathtub and eventually it will all be drained and washed away, so who really cares if its “unsanitary”? Besides, the peacefulness I gain lying there for those few moments, far outweighs the risk of OMG! a few germs swimming around my body.
I love the ritual of baths and it is indeed a ritual for me.
The water has to be bordering on 3rd degree burn temperature and yes, I know all of the warnings against doing so.
I use my lavendar bath salts and lavendar soap and have a lavendar candle lit and peaceful music playing. I have my softest cotton washcloth and bath sheet ready so that I dont have to jump out into the cold air, naked and wet, looking for something to pat myself dry with.
Once the grandson’s rubber ducks and water pistols are removed, I am ready to sink into a partial state of oblivion for as long as the water stays hot and my skin stays attached to my body.
Alone in the house is a must for I don’t want any interruptions as I lie there in selfish solitude.
There is something almost primal about lying in a bathtub of water. Perhaps there is some cosmic connection to our time in the womb. I love the feeling of weightlessness as the water swirls around me. The scent of lavender calms, relaxes and soothes me and before I know it, I am lulled into a state of semi-slumber. My body aches and pains seem to melt away and when my back refuses to function normally, no prescription drug works the miracle that a hot bath can.
Showers, on most days, are quick, efficient and definitely de rigueur, but when I am out of sorts and my mind and body aren’t in sync, nothing quite compares to a bath.
In our frustrating world of politics, debates, taxes, and worry….a hot soak is just what the doctor ordered and you don’t need an Rx for it!
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