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I used to live in a relatively large rustic home that sat on three acres of wooded land. The large second-floor full bathroom had a slate tile floor, a skylight window, and a jet tub equipped with brushed-nickel Roman faucets. When we purchased the home, I could picture myself taking long luxurious baths, listening to Regina Spektor, and savoring a glass of Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico. In the five years I lived in that house, I took about a dozen baths.

I now live in a modest cape cod style home on a quarter acre. The 35 square foot bathroom is equipped with a standard tub furnished with an average, no-frills faucet. In the 14 months I’ve lived in this home, I’ve taken about 250 baths. Approximately half of those luxurious experiences were accompanied by a glass of red wine. However, they were not always Chianti because I’ve since learned to appreciate the variety life has to offer.

Last night I took a bath.

After reading Princess Baby and My Magical Dreams to my children, I gave them each a snuggle. I told them what I tell them every night they are with me, “You are wonderful.” I’ll love you no matter what. “And I’m so happy you are a part of my family,” I said goodnight. I began their meditations on Moshi. And I headed downstairs to submerge myself in my fourth bath of the week – to disappear from the world for a while.

For a while today, I had gotten sucked into the rabbit hole of reading the news. It seems that everyday things are getting more tumultuous in areas far beyond my control. I read articles from several news sources, I perused social media to read my friends’ thoughts on the matters at hand. I succumbed to feeling overwhelmed and jaw-clenchingly anxious. The world is in trouble, and I need to take action to save it.

How Do We Save The World?

We save ourselves. Instead of continuing my rush of anxiety, I promised to bring myself to a state of pure relaxation. I promised I’d heal my current head spin by giving myself an intermission. If we want to change the world, we must change ourselves.

I turned the water on hotter than most folks would find comfortable. I unwrapped a handmade Ocean Pearl scented essential oil bath bomb and tossed it in. I turned off the lights and lit a dragon fruit and chai scented candle. I found the perfect body scanning relaxation-focused, guided meditation on Insight Timer. And once I was fully submerged in the calming waters, I hit play.

And once I was able to give in, I stopped thinking about politics, unrest, responsibilities, reasoning, rationality, and resolutions.

It may have taken a little while to fully succumb to the nothingness. If a thought came into my mind, I identified it as a thought and just let it pass. If I felt a strong emotion, I identified it as an emotion and just let it pass. And once I was able to give in, I stopped thinking about politics, unrest, responsibilities, reasoning, rationality, and resolutions. I just focused on relaxing each part of my body as the meditation progressed. I unclenched my jaw. I released my shoulders. I let my spine melt into the bottom of the tub. It felt for a moment that I was no longer taking up space. When I completely let go, the color purple gradually began to appear behind my eyelids. I made a mental note of it and continued embracing the nothingness.

Why Purple?

Purple is the color of our crown chakra – the chakra located at the top our heads. It allows us to embrace spiritual growth, understand our emotions, and connect to the world around us.

No wonder I was seeing purple. How can I grow spiritually when I’m focusing on things and events? How can I understand my emotions when I’m absorbing the emotions of those around me? And how can I connect to the world in a state of instability? I can’t. But I can work on it. And I’m glad I was able to hit the pause button and learn what I could about my inner experience.

To heal the world, I have to heal myself.

As a mother, I have to help my children learn how to process the crazy. I can’t prevent them from experiencing it, but I can prepare them to release it. I can help them learn that it doesn’t have to control them.

As much as I’d like to live in a utopia, it’ll never happen. And I accept that. I can’t change the world around me, but I can change the world within me.

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JoAnna Bennetthttps://obriencg.com/blog/
I’m a working single mother of two wonderful little humans. I’m also an avid reader, an insatiable learner, and a self-acknowledged survivor. I’m grateful to work at O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) because I’ve learned the self-soothing and restorative craft of writing. I used to resist calling myself a writer because I have a finance degree. I naively thought I needed an English degree to effectively express myself in writing. But now, writer is a title I proudly wear, and writing is something I’ll practice for the rest of my life. OCG is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do this so well because we get to know our clients, listen to their reasons for existing, and share their message loudly and proudly.

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