Spiritual Cleansing: A Guide to Mindful Bathing

Spiritual Cleansing: A Guide to Mindful Bathing

Invite positivity and elevate your vibration with this simple bathing ritual.

When was the last time you treated yourself to a spiritual cleanse?

The concept isn’t new, but common access to it is. But what do we mean? Yashoda Devi Ma, an expert in Vedic meditation and Himalayan yogic practices, says such cleansing includes, “Rituals, practices, and actions performed to create harmony and connection between mind, body, soul, and spirit.” It’s a way of stripping away toxic elements and purifying your aura. And can help reduce stress, assist self-care, and promote inner peace.

Using a combination of ancient wisdom, refined methods, and pure, natural, organic ingredients, these rituals have the power to transform our spirit, energy, and aura. We aren’t all so blessed as to live near a practitioner or community that offers support for these practices. But the good news is anyone can welcome this transformative experience into their home and elevate their consciousness by adapting their daily bathing ritual. You just need an understanding of the basic concepts and some simple, natural ingredients. 

We recommend using a bath so as to maximize your soak and cleanse. But all of the steps below can be easily adapted to elevate a shower ritual too.

Embracing the Power of Water

Water is one of the most foundational and ubiquitous elements on our planet. The giver of life and the bringer of change and transformation, its significance vastly exceeds its physical properties. It’s been revered across cultures and throughout history as a symbol of purification, transformation, and renewal. Its power transcends belief systems and national borders. And it can still be found as a central element or central focus in many religious and spiritual practices across the world today.

While you may not have access to natural spring water, you can still harness its latent power. Just ensure you use clean, fresh water in your cleanse, neither too hot nor too cold. Avoid adding synthetic bubble baths. Instead, consider using herbs or salts to enhance the natural elements of the water, and awaken your senses to its purifying majesty.

Creating your Sacred Space

The next step is to craft a calming and inviting atmosphere for your bath. Spiritual cleansing requires that we embrace a holistic approach, catering for all senses. Select your preferred peaceful soundtrack. Or you may prefer the calming, natural sounds of rain, bubbling brooks, or the rainforest. 

Light some candles, scented if you have them. Place a few drops of essential oil in the water, or in an oil burner, to awaken your senses. Surround yourself with natural textures and energy. Place plants around the room to reconnect with Mother Nature and invite positive thoughts. Place a few stones near the bathtub to ground you and your mind. And if you have them, crystals can assist in attracting and preserving sacred energies.

Choose products that harness natural energy and organic ingredients. We use Seed Legend Foaming Shampoo and Berry Body Wash. They’re 100% organic, wild-harvested, soap-free, cleansing options packed with the nourishing and hydrating nutrients your skin and scalp crave. Made from nature’s miracle soapberry, they’re also bursting with vibration-raising properties perfect for cleansing your aura and elevating your consciousness.

Dim the lights, let the kids, your partner, or your pets know not to disturb you. Leave electronic devices outside the room. Then simply seal yourself into your calming cocoon and get ready to relax.

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

The Ritual of Mindful Bathing

Before you step into the water, set your intention. Remind yourself why you’re here, and what’s important in this moment. Detach yourself from the stresses of the day. Let go of the worries you’re carrying. Park any unfinished tasks or chores at the door; you can come back to them later. For the next half an hour or so, your mind will focus on nothing but the experience you are in.

Step into and connect with the water and the temperature. Feel the ripples on your skin. Welcome it’s purifying embrace. Notice as the heat moves through you. Open your senses and listen to the sounds. Hear the layers. See the lights of the candles flicker. Pay attention to the shadows and reflections. Breathe into the present. Fill your lungs with the experience of living, right now, right here. Feel the stresses of the day roll off you like water off a duck’s back. Let the light within you shine, the bright and positive energy fill you from chest to fingertips. 

Apply a small amount of shampoo or body wash and lather gently onto your skin or scalp. Notice the sensations and the subtle aroma. Engage fully in the experience.

Massage with intention. As you move your hands across your body, connect with gratitude, self-love, or any positive affirmation that arises. Perhaps you’re grateful for this moment of calm, or embracing forgiveness for a friend or family member who perhaps upset you. Connect with the cosmos and feel what resonates. Open yourself to love and the universe.

As you rinse off, be aware of the water’s purifying power. Engage with its cleansing energy, and feel it wash away your stresses, anxiety, and negativity. Feel them physically leave you, and visualize the process happening all over you. 

As you finish and step out, towel off mindfully. Softly dab your skin and feel the gentle embrace. Reflect on this subtle rebirth. Awaken to this renewed you, and surrender to this sense of revitalization. Take a moment to appreciate this new sense of calm, cleanliness, and renewed energy.

Before you leave the room, take a few deep breaths and be grateful for this experience, and for the time to relax and indulge in self-care. 

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.” – Anne Lamott

Beyond Bathing: Sustaining Inner Peace

With the right tools and mindset, mindfulness can be part of any daily practice. And the more you can incorporate it into your daily life, the greater the opportunities for spiritual renewal and conscious cleansing. From meditation to journaling, spending time in nature to connecting with loved ones, there are plenty of ways to find pockets of mindful action throughout your day. 

It starts with recognizing the need for intention in your actions. If you seek peace, you’ll find it. But you need to open yourself up and make space for it in your life. It doesn’t need to be anything big. Start small and build from there. The path to mindful action is available to all of us. If we want it.

“Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual Summary

Mindful breathing can be a powerful tool for spiritual cleansing and self-care. Explore the steps above and find a balance that works for you. Experiment with different scents, sounds, and products to find what brings you the greatest sense of calm.

To explore the full range of soapberry products designed for exactly this kind of ritual, check out the links below. And let us know what’s your favorite in the comments. 

“Be where you are, not where you think you should be.” – Unknown

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