After a hectic two days of getting two kids settled in college, I sought out the hot tub at my son’s apartment complex. The moment I sank into the hot tub a feeling of release immediately washed over me. Ahhhh. Hydrotherapy. It does a body, mind, and soul good. Just ask Oleda Baker. Whenever I need to meditate or reset my day, I sink into a tub of water.
There are definitely therapeutic benefits to taking out the time to slow everything down in your day and bask in the silence– if you can find it. Silence lowers blood pressure and allows you to deal with life’s challenges in a better way, according to Dr. Paul Haider, in The Health Benefits of Silence–Simple, Yet Profound. The benefits he lists are many: boosts your immune system, makes you happy, reduces stress, AND makes you look and feel younger.
Every day, I take time out to meditate, whether it’s a few minutes at my desk with my eyes closed or outside being surrounded by nature. I often share pictures after my meditation time so that others can enjoy a glimpse of nature during their day. My kids poke fun at me for doing this. My daughter once came home with a meditation book from the library. “Mom, I don’t think you’re doing this meditation thing right. Here’s a book for you.”
The truth about meditation is that it’s really simple when you get down to the gist of it. Meditation is the practice of taking time out in your day to slow down, to appreciate, to be aware, to go within. Surrounding yourself with silence is a fantastic bonus in today’s hectic, noisy world.
All around me, I could see students chatting away in the pool and on the patio. All I had to do to shut everything out was to simply close my eyes.
That’s when I’m truly grateful for being stone deaf without my hearing aids.