Shower yourself with good thoughts & gratitude
We all shower. Whether it’s a daily, semi-daily or weekly routine, getting in a shower somehow manages to fit into everyone’s schedule. And it’s one of the few times that we’re doing only one thing.
We aren’t on the phone, on the computer, or watching TV. We’re not working, and we’re not playing with our kids. We’re simply standing under a stream of water with the goal of becoming clean.
But it’s not just our bodies that we can clean while we’re in the shower. We can also clean out our minds and thoughts. Instead of letting our minds wander aimlessly (as mine tends to do...What should I make for dinner tonight? Hmm...), we can consciously shape our thoughts to benefit us.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I don’t think formal meditation is the only way to shut out the world and feel more peaceful. I find the shower provides one of the best opportunities for quieting your mind and consciously creating your thoughts.
Whether you’re a newbie to this inner peace thing or you’ve been walking the path for years, shower time is such an effective tool to deliberately think positively.
Say your “I ams”
First, I say my “I ams.” As Wayne Dyer says, the words “I am” are some of the most powerful words in our language, for what comes next literally shapes our perceptions, our lives, and our reality.
So if you’ve always believed thoughts like “I am dumb,” then I bet you didn’t get straight As in school. But if you have always thought "I am lucky," l bet you've experienced plenty of fortuitous situations.
As soon as I get in the shower, I turn my thoughts to my standard “I ams” –
I am happy.
I am whole.
I am enough.
I am complete.
I am worthy.
(Don’t rush through these. Take a few deep breaths as you think them to make sure they really sink in.)
I always start with these five “I am” statements because they are the foundation of my entire spiritual philosophy. You can’t do much healing of your emotional pain and suffering if you don’t think you’re inherently worthy.
Then as I’m getting myself clean, I add more “I am” statements like:
I am grateful.
I am healthy.
I am willing to change.
I am wise.
I am forgiving.
Really, it’s about saying whatever you WANT to be feeling. It’s not about whether you already are feeling that way. That’s because you have to say it before you believe it.
So even if you’re hating on that family member who hurt you last month or feeling like death warmed over as you suffer through the flu, you insist—over and over and over—that you’re forgiving and healthy.
And soon enough you WILL be feeling what you’ve been telling yourself...I promise. Of course, some affirmations take longer than others to come to fruition, but they will ALL come true if you’re consistent with your practice.
After my “I am” statements, I move on to gratitudes. I may be washing my hair, and I’ll think thoughts like “I’m grateful for my loving and supportive husband.”
And no worries if you can’t think of much that you’re grateful for. Start with something totally obvious — especially if you’re showering first thing in the morning...you know, PRE-caffeine. You could say “I’m grateful for hot water” or “I’m grateful that I have a house to live in.”
My other gratitudes might go like this:
I’m grateful for the birds singing sweet songs outside my bedroom window.
I’m thankful to spend so much quality time with my daughter.
I’m grateful I can watch the sunrise and sunset over the ocean every day.
And so on…
It absolutely doesn’t matter what you’re grateful for. Just express gratitude for something.
When you combine positive “I am” statements with gratitudes while in the shower, you end up with a clean body AND a clean mind. Now THAT’S a glorious way to start your day!
If you like these tips, you’ll love my FREE newsletter! Click here to sign up now.
Check out my other blog posts: