Try this at home: Sing in the bath

Confession: I’m really not a bath person.

I *try* to be, but, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not very good at being still. Baths are a challenge. I find that I need to add something to the experience if I’m hoping to stay in the water for more than, say, 7 minutes.

Day #5 - I got soap in my eye by Stop Stopping STEVE on Flickr.com
…It’s never been THIS bad, though (Image by Stop Stopping STEVE on Flickr.com)

I’ve read in the bath (but my book gets soggy), I’ve listened to audiobooks or music in the bath (meh), I’ve done Reiki in the bath (FABULOUS if I’m in the mood), I’ve meditated in the bath (more on this soon)…but last night?

Last night I sang.

Yup, I sang in the bath. And it was AWESOME.

We all know that the bathroom has splendid acoustics for shower-singing, but I don’t actually mean singing show tunes or the latest Lady Gaga single (what IS the latest Lady Gaga single, anyway?). This is what I mean:

1. Run a bath. It can be your favourite temperature and featuring your favourite bath stuff —it doesn’t matter. I used my last LUSH bath bomb from Christmas (which only lasted this long because it was in my underwear drawer and…well…this shows you how rarely I sort my socks).

2. Get in the bath. Adjust temperature as needed. Do your usual bath-y things.

3. Lie down so your head is just out of the water (Now that I think about it, this could also be fun with your ears underwater…I just didn’t want my hair to be all bath-bomb-y).

4. Make some noise! Start out humming. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…and then try tones Aaaaaahhhhhh. Om works too. Do whatever feels best. (And no, you don’t have to be able to carry a tune to do this)

Try different notes: higher, lower, right in the middle. Play for a bit. You’ll find a certain tone that feels like it’s vibrating your whole body (or at least your head and shoulders). It will fill the air, and you’ll feel like your head and the air around you are resonating at the same frequency…almost like the boundary where you stop and the air/water begins is getting hazy.

Aah, bathtime by ~jodis eva~ on Flickr.com
…there, that’s better (Image by ~jodis eva~ on Flickr.com)

You’ll know it when you find it. It will feel like your body is dancing at a microscopic level…all those atoms dancing together.

And somehow…when you feel your edges blur like that…your center becomes much clearer.

It’s a unique way to get IN your body, and it’s great for times when you don’t actually FEEL like moving.

Give it a try next time you’re in the bath! I dare you! It’s fun!

10 thoughts on “Try this at home: Sing in the bath”

  1. As soon as this baby comes out, I will totally try this. I have kind of a small tub anyway and right now taking a relaxing bath just… isn’t. Everything sticks out. 😉

  2. Neato!

    I’m not a big bath person, either (ironic, given my love of making bath products :P), but this sounds like fun. I’ll have to try this, and finally make use of that bath melt I made back in June!

  3. This is one of your well-intentioned suggestions that I’m going to have to ignore. I.hate.baths. I feel like they make me even dirtier than when I started, and I’m always thinking about the soap scum and mildew that’s under my bum. Even thinking about getting a bath gives me the heebie-jeebies! Maybe I’ll try this in the gym swimming pool instead? 🙂

    1. HA!
      What’s really funny is that I sort of feel the same way about pools! Not re: soap scum and mildew, but about pee and spit and germs. I know it’s chlorinated and all but…ew. 😛
      You know, it’s true though…I don’t ever take baths to get clean. Showers make me feel WAY cleaner!

      1. When I DO take baths, I always shower first to get clean, then soak in fresh water. It helps with that feeling, which is also my issue with baths (along with the “What am I supposed to be DOING in here? This is boring!”, similar to what you mentioned feeling like).

        1. Right, and since I’m usually (FINE, always) in the toddler pool with the toddlers…you see the problem. *shudder*

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