I just came across this charming post at the simple-living blog "Down To Earth" which encouraged its readers to share a photograph and to explain a bit about it.
The one that I chose was this picture, which I'd recently taken and had been meaning to add to my blog for some time now. This past year, I had recently discovered how wonderful it was to take a long, luxurious soak in the tub. One of the awesomest things about taking a big ole' bath is that anyone can do it. Doesn't matter if you're old, young, rich, or poor -- if you have access to a tub and some water, you can make it an amazingly sensual experience no matter what other accoutrements you choose to add.
There's a joke that goes something like, "You know you're ghetto when you break out your best dish detergent when it's time to take a bubble bath," but really, who cares? It makes no difference if you bathe with a 3-for-99-cents bar of soap from the dollar tree or a pot of $140 Russian Amber shampoo by Philip B., you can make your tub time truly luxurious with only a few little additions.
I like to add a few candles on the edge of my tub; they need not be expensive (and if you can make your own candles out of leftovers and an old spaghetti jar, so much the better!) but they certainly can lend an air of tranquil pleasure to your bath. You can even find an artificial candlelight generator app on your Android phone (if you're so blessed), which I've done more than once. The one I have (which I downloaded for free) even gives you customizable flame colors -- purple flame, anyone?
And bubbles are nice, but not always necessary -- by the way, I recall a few times where my own mother broke out the Ivory or the Palmolive dish liquid when, as a child, I craved bubbles in my bath. If it's not going to harm your skin, who really cares? No shame in being creative. These days, I save my pennies for the luxury of something special from the Lush store when I can get it (and use it carefully). But even bubbles from your dollar store or local pharmacy will do the trick wonderfully.
You can also add specific herbs and items to your bath to cleanse your soul and enhance positivity. A bit of rose oil or dropping in rose petals for love, some sea salt to purify your energy levels, lavender to relax, rosemary to energize, or a sachet of fresh or dried basil to attract prosperity and positivity... these can all replenish your spiritual energy and give you a whole new lease on life!
Some folks choose to do their entire beauty regimens in the bath -- shaving legs, deep conditioning hair, even wearing a facial masque while splashing away in the tub. And some people bring a cocktail (or in my case, a nice cold can of soda) into the tub, sipping their cares away. Or, you can just relax and allow your tension to melt away, enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents of your spiritual bathing experience. The bottom line is that your bathtime rituals can be fully customizable and specifically tailored to your needs and wants.
So grab your rubber ducky, and your favorite towel, and enjoy!