How did that happen?
I wondered. And I stood there, momentarily dismayed and bewildered.
I had just stepped out of the shower when it hit me.
I had completely “missed” my shower.
Oh – I had HAD my shower. I had proof. I was still dripping wet with my towel wrapped around me.
But had I truly EXPERIENCED my shower???
Had I truly appreciated the warm water flowing over my skin?
Had I taken note of any other physical sensations in my body?
Had I listened to my thoughts or feelings in those few peaceful minutes?
Had I felt real gratitude for having access to clean hot water?
A 5-minute shower is a microcosm of my day. There’s so much to see, feel, know, understand, appreciate, reflect on, and be in those 5 minutes.
Had I let myself be fully with the experience of my shower?
I had to admit to myself that I had not.
No. Not at all.
And it was then that I wondered. If I had let myself “miss” my shower, one of my favorite times of the day – then how much else in life was I “missing”.
How many other “life experiences” was I “NOT experiencing”.
Where else was I not paying attention?
Where else was I not noticing how someone/something affected me?
If these were positive experiences, then I was missing out on the immediate benefits of the “good stuff”, and I was probably also missing out on being clear about going after more of that “good stuff” for myself in the future.
If these experiences were negative or draining to me, and I wasn’t paying attention or taking stock – then how much “unwanted stuff” was I letting myself tolerate? And how would I recognize how to avoid or change those things in the future?
That one shower experience became a huge turning point in my life.
Maybe I was “sleepwalking “ through too much in my life???
How much was that costing me?
Whenever I think of my shower experience, it reminds me to keep more open to the realities in my life, even the very small ones, and to stay committed to the path of discovering the many deeper truths in my life.
Dear Readers: Remember my shower story the next time you are in the shower. Stay open. Stay aware. Be 100% present. And see what comes to you….discover how much awareness becomes available when you are open in the moment.
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