I don’t often take time for a bubble bath but when I do I wonder why I don’t do it more often. There is something about submerging ones self in warm water, becoming weightless, being surrounded by millions of molecules of H2O that energizes and relaxes all at the same time.
Energize and relax….at the same time. It’s tricky and a little hard to pull off, yet essential to our well being. Life sometimes gets away with my energy and that leaves me, well, impatient. Yes, I hate to admit it. My impatience plays itself out in so many ways but most of all it interferes with my appreciation of all the beauty that surrounds me. To retain my composure and sanity I need a bubble bath; or I can sit on my rocking-chair porch and watch the birds come to the fountain for their bath, and that works. It’s really all about becoming immersed in the moment so that I take the time to just be. (Water is the ultimate element in which to immerse.)
The opposite of impatience is “being in the moment” which may seem hackneyed but, truly, it is when I am present to whatever I am doing that I find that place of peace somewhere in my brain. In those moments of peace, I feel the warmth of love coming to me and it overflows from me as well. If love is a state of mind it is a wonderful place to be and, like the bath, I wonder why I don’t go there more often.
In her book, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being, Ilia Delio writes, “Our challenge today is to trust the power of love at the heart of life, to let ourselves be seized by love, to create and invent ways for love to evolve into a global wholeness of unity, compassion, justice, and peacemaking. As a process of evolution, the universe is incomplete, and we humans are incomplete. We can change, grow, and become something new. We have the power to do so, but do we have the will?”
Love is important. Self love is the most important because when love is in the core of my being, I can then give my love to others. The more I love myself, the more abundantly I can give it away. The more I love myself the more I allow myself to be loved. As I give love and receive love the more complete I become. As Delio writes, we humans are incomplete but we can grow if we have the will.
Go take a bubble bath and think about it.