Friday, May 13, 2011

Soaking in the Love Tub

What are some of the things you enjoy doing?

Do you realize the significance of making time to do them, if only for five minutes?

When you fully commit to doing the things you love, your negative thoughts and feelings fall away. Your focus shifts and with it, so too, does the chemical cascade that is triggered by the signals that your heart is sending to your brain. Rather than operating from a flight-fight response (generated by a threat to your safety), you are now acting from a position of safety. 

In order to ensure that you maintain those activities, it is important to be cognizant of the restorative power of the feelings that are generated when you do what you love to do.

It is an indication that you would benefit from stress coaching, if you have difficulty answering, "What makes your heart sing?" Remember that stress rewires your nervous system and sets up the scene for ill-health whether it be mental, emotional or physical health. Your ability to see the positives in your life may be erased. Negative looping thoughts wear you out. Your self-esteem develops puncture wounds and the sense of who you are deflates.

This weekend, if only for five minutes at a time, do something that makes your heart sing. As you do, you'll be soaking in the metaphorical love tub - a place where your cares are washed away and the positive feelings expand like so many soap bubbles, to effect a change in your physiology, which changes how you feel, which undresses your stress, which ... and so it goes. 

What will you make time for this weekend?

7 comments:

  1. Q. What makes my heart sing?
    A. A hug.

    Q. What makes me laugh?
    A. The idea of me walking up to total strangers in the street and saying "I need a hug"!

    I think the men in white coats would soon hug me into a straight jacket. LOL

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  2. What a delicious image, soaking in the love tub!

    Enjoy your soak.

    Carol

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  3. I have always been a shower man. Somehow a bath does not appeal to me. As I write this, my week end is over and I am well into the new week.

    I got a delicious gift of one carton of mangoes and a fantastic massage from a dear friend. Total bliss, both.

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  4. I love this post - your message is so right on target. We all need to make the time to do this!

    And I want you to know that just taking in the visual fun-like image of the woman taking the bath - I suppose the colors plus the pleasant relaxing associations of taking a bath - brought a smile to my face - even before I read your post.

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  5. GM,
    I dare you! :)

    Have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

    Carol,
    Glad the image sudsed for you! :)

    I imagine writing is one brand of "bubble bath" you'd use! :)

    Ramana,
    A nice hot or cool shower works, too!

    You're blissfully blessed!

    Dorlee,
    Thank you.

    I'm curious. Did you go have a bath after reading this?

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  6. No, Marianna but it inspired me to do something else rather private - that made my heart sing :)

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  7. Dorlee,
    In which key would that be, Dorlee? :)

    Are you going for a second-helping?

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