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Rite of Passage #1 "The Bath". Monday October 13, 2014

Sometimes we just need to change.

To achieve this well, it helps to have a "Rite of Passage".

Many tribes do this with their children when they come of age.

We do it when we have a Wedding Service or a big birthday celebration.

But I can't afford to wait for a birthday or a wedding.

I need to change on a daily basis.

That's why I'm a fan of small rites of passage.
One of my favourite is bath-time.

I go into the waters one person, and come out another.
I go in (relatively) smelly, and come out smelling of roses!
I plunge beneath the waters (relatively) dirty, and rise up cleansed.
I sink in exhausted, I spring forth regenerated...ish.
No wonder some of the World's Religions like the idea of ritual washing.

But I wonder, could I go into my bath low in spirit, and emerge refreshed, ready to face the World and myself renewed?

Well... I just tried worked.

Kindest Regards.

A Moodscope user.

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Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 6:54am

I can always tell how bad I am feeling by the number of baths I have - it's the best hiding place I have, so the more baths I have the worse place I am in.

Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 7:48am

I'm not

Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 8:09am

A bath is sooo restorative. Like Anonymous 6:54 am, I can measure my mood by the number of baths I have.
Good luck, Lex

Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 8:48am

Superb, Lex.
When I am down or have a cold, I avoid the shower and bath....but really do feel better once I am cleaned from head to toe!

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 9:09am

The curse of an active (and visual) imagination, Lex, is that my image of you is now permanently one of you in the bath! I have added lots of bubbles to protect your modesty, however!

Good one. A shower always helps me feel better too.

Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 9:17am

How nice to have a cheerful post. Practical, realistic, down to earth. I love it. Thanks.

Steve M Nash Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 9:55am

I think what this lovely post actually points to is that we are constantly being renewed again, in the moment. It feels more noticeable when you do a ritual like the one suggested, but it's nevertheless true for each moment (bath) we step into - go into it as one person (high/low mood etc.), come out of it another (high/low mood etc.). We get so accustomed to ourselves - our fears, hopes, beliefs, etc. etc. - that we generally do not see this rebirthing. Which, to say the very least, is a shame!...

Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 10:25am

well said - all we need to do is to live in the present moment and be aware - easier said than done ..........g.

cloud3 Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 4:28pm

Lex you are so right! we have to make these extra special efforts to be kind to ourselves if we are amongst those who struggle badly in this world. I could go into the bath right now but cannot be bothered....cos sometimes I have to have a 'bath moment' to do it. At other times I need to have a 'you gotta push yourself cloud3 and get INTO that bath else you are going to remain 'stuck' all day' moment. kind regards Lex hope you are having a nice dayXX

cloud3 Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 4:32pm imagination is usually pretty wild too! but Lex's post didn't have that effect on me lol! But what it HAS done is make me visualise a few candles - lovely music - soft thick white towels, warm cosy as toast room, lovely new pj's to put on after along with new sturdy cosy slippers or alternatively a lovely pair of purple velour slouch troos and cosy loose get the idea folks......think there is going to a water shortage soon!!xx

Anonymous Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 4:57pm

Lex, my bath needs fixed, if I use it it leaks into the kitchen. That is not a metaphor by the way, it really does need fixing :-D
Fabulous post, made me laugh and reminds me that I too benefit from a bath. Like Marydoll, I can see you there, bubbles and all.

Out of curiosity...does anyone else feel cold almost always? I do and it always seems more so when especially low. I'm sure there's a link between it and the 'D' word. A bath brings me back from the cold and into feeling whole again.

Time to get it fixed!
Love from the ratg.

DawnC.Ritchie Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 10:05pm

I always feel refreshed after a bath. I think I'll go and have one now,.
Good night all.

Lex McKee Mon, Oct 13th 2014 @ 10:25pm

Hi Bretheren of the Bath and Sistren of the Cistern... I've been out all day, so have missed your kind comments... then I lost my phone! Had a lovely day until that point but realise I that I need a mobile 'rite of passage' when things go wrong and a bath is not an option. Still, with all the rain today, at least I got a few showers.

For those traumatised by the thought of me in the bath - there are ALWAYS lots of bubbles. Modesty is assured.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 14th 2014 @ 7:10am

I especially get cold when fatigued, but I have started a regime of small walks throughout the day and I hat seems to be helpful as you are really warmed up when you come back in

Anonymous Tue, Oct 14th 2014 @ 2:27pm

Loved the analogy to baptism (the total immersion sort)! Good one. Gill

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