For those of you who work in an office or live with someone who tests your patience you KNOW what toilet meditation is. It’s when you are about to scream at someone who has pushed your last button, but at the last moment, opt to go to the bathroom instead. A few minutes alone in the bathroom with the door closed works miracles.
If you are like me, you are almost never alone. I wake up in the morning and share the bathroom with my husband, commute to work (for years by bus and subway), work 10 hours a day in an office, commute home where The Hubs is already waiting for me, and then go to sleep next to him. I literally have only a few moments alone which consist, almost entirely, of the time I spend in the bathroom. The bathroom has become almost a retreat for me. I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. On really bad days I might do a few forward bends or jumping jacks to get my energy up. At work, the main source of my stress, the receptionist sits directly across from the bathroom door. This woman must think I have major bladder problems or something because I probably go in there 8 times a day at least; half the time it’s just to enjoy the quiet.
Whether you need to ground and center (visualize yourself surrounded by white light) or just a moment of peace (or is it pees) don’t forget you can always take a moment for a toilet meditation. The best part of the bathroom is that nobody is going to follow you in there.