Take a rain bath for heav­enly re­lax­ation

Spirit and Destiny - - Feel Good -

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.

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