Meditating, aligning your thoughts, and balancing your chakras is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself to bring more balance into your life. Problem is, it takes time. There never seems to be enough time, even for the important things we know we need to be doing for ourselves. Women especially have a hard time setting aside the time for self-care because we're too busy taking care of everyone else's needs. If you're having trouble finding 15 minutes to meditate and get those chakras running in peak condition, try these quick shower exercises:
1. If you find your mind is racing a mile a minute and you're having trouble focusing, visualize your thoughts being captured in your shampoo bubbles as you suds up. See them getting all mixed up as you scrub away at your scalp. Scrub scrub scrub….Ok, now as you rinse away the suds visualize those things you can't control (the past, the future, other people's actions, etc) being rinsed down the drain. There's no point in keeping them. You can't change the past so don't dwell on it. The future hasn't happened yet so don't stress over things that may not even happen. Focus on the thoughts that have to do with the present or that are positive (your daily to-do list is ok, thoughts of gratitude, etc). Let the "good" thoughts stick to your hair, or scalp and carry those with you for the day.
2. To gain instant energy, visualize all of the exhaustion and tiredness in your body coming out of your pores in little black flecks or particles. Start at the top of your body and as you soap up, see the black particles being captured in the soap bubbles. When you've caught all of your exhaustion in the bubbles, simply rinse it all away and down the drain.
3. If you want to work on opening or balancing one particular chakra, soap up the area in a clock-wise motion, then face the stream of water coming from the shower and let it hit the area where that chakra is. As the water hits the area, visualize it glowing and spinning. This can be done with all of your chakras and it only takes a few seconds to focus on each one (and get squeaky clean in the process).
There you have it-quick and easy cleansing for your body and spirit. Although it's not a substitute for proper meditation, it's a good way to start your day when you're feeling overwhelmed and pressed for time.