Take a rain bath for heavenly relaxation
Love the gentle sound and feel of raindrops? Why not enjoy a soothing ‘rain bath’ while tucked up indoors.
For centuries, Native Americans have used rain sticks in their ceremonies to encourage the heavens to open on their arid land.
Made from the hollow body of dried cacti with items such as pebbles, and dried beans inside, a rain stick produces a similar sound to gently falling rain, helping to create stillness and induce a state of calm.
You can buy a rain stick for as little as £5, (try soundtravels. co.uk) or download a free app that recreates the soft sound of this ancient instrument.
To give yourself a rain bath, find somewhere peaceful to sit, with your rain stick close to hand, and close your eyes.
Visualise yourself outdoors, looking up at the sky, and begin to ‘feel’ large drops of rain gently hit your face. Use your rain stick to create its restful sound, and then imagine the rain growing heavier. Keep playing for around five minutes and, as the ‘water’ washes over you, feel your mind emptying, your body relaxing and tension falling away.