As a parent in a busy household, one of the wishes I have each day is for just a few moments of peace and quiet and solitude. As a mama also aspiring for enlightenment– a few moments of meditation would be equally awesome. But, let’s be honest. Finding peace and quiet is a rare commodity in a busy household–unless you wake up at the crack-of-dawn and disappear to the solitude of the basement before those little feet pitter-patter down the hall squealing, “I’m hungry”.
Of course, you could wait until the house is quiet in the evening after the kiddos are in bed and your spouse has finished blaring his nightly Netflix episode of Breaking Bad on the TV …if you can stay awake that late. I don’t know about you, but it seems that my house is abuzz with activity from dawn until midnight.
So, what is an exhausted mom seeking a slice of solitude to do?
We all know the “escape to the bathroom trick”. Oh, come on, don’t act like you have never used the bathroom as a getaway. Once you are in there, hunched down holding your head in your hands, how do you maximize those precious moments of “me time”and bring your energy from zero back to hero?
Yes, you read that correctly…Toilet Meditation.
It can be done, and it can be glorious. We take time to “lighten the load”, but what about our emotional and energetic load? We owe it to ourselves and our families to pause a few extra minutes on that porcelain throne to enlighten our minds and not just our behinds.
The benefits of mediation are comparable, if not better than a good BM, so why not squeeze a MB (meditation break) in after your BM?
Consider these benefits of toilet meditation:
1. Provides a sense of calm and balance
2. Increases energy
3. Reduces pain and enhances the body’s immune system
4. Reduces stress
5. Relieves muscle tension
Follow these 10 Steps to Master the Toilet Meditation:
1. Secure the area (that’s basically the lock yourself in the bathroom technique aforementioned).
2. Get loaded. The toilet provides a wonderful support for you to sit grounded with your spine erect and your feet flat on the floor. No need to try the lotus position in the loo.
3. Close your eyes and bring your attention to the space between your eyes.
4. Get your brain from Beta to Theta. I personally love listening to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s “You are the Placebo” meditations (available on iTunes). However, if you are locked and loaded and you left your iPhone and earbuds in the kitchen, the hum of the bathroom exhaust fan is the next best thing to the harmonious binaural beats.
Follow this handy-dandy brainwave map to get you there:
5. Do not attend to any knocking, hollering, barking, ringing for 5-minutes. Imagine that your body is not a solid mass, but instead that it is made up of millions of tiny atoms (because it actually is). Feel the space between the atoms expanding and filling the room (kind of like a fart).
7. Ignore that pounding on the bathroom door and the “Moooooom, are you in there?”
Bring your awareness back to the space between your eyes. Keep your eyes closed.
8. Stay in that Toilet Theta State as long as you can…but not too long. You don’t want to end up with ring-around-the-toilet thighs (especially during tennis-skirt season), or worse yet, have your legs fall asleep!
9. Bring your awareness back your body. Open your eyes. Can you feel your toes?
Your legs? Your arms? Feels good, Right?
10. Don’t forget to flush and wash, and while you are in there, go ahead and give yourself a wink in the mirror and say, “I’m good stuff!”