Joy, Gratitude and a Hot Shower

According to the Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams, gratitude is said to be one of the top three predictors of how much joy we will experience in our lives.

Often the things that we feel the deepest gratitude for are things that we first long for and don’t get right away.

The real work lies in keeping gratitude alive for the day-to-day things. Like our significant others, our work, trees, air, water and sunlight – well sunlight is a bit of an anomaly if you live in the Pacific Northwest like we do, but you get the point.

This week, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for something that most of us in the Western world take for granted.

A hot shower.

This week we got a beautiful outdoor shower hooked up on our land and I’m feeling – well – ecstatic about it.

We moved to this land back in June of 2016, hauling my tiny house from it’s previous spot on a friend’s land to this new spot which is right downtown.

Downtown being a relative thing of course – the whole island has 800 or so year round residents so downtown is not as happening as in some places, and that’s why we love it.

We especially love our new spot because we can walk everywhere – to the organic natural foods Co-op, to the lake, to the ocean…what more do you need really?

Well, it turns out you need a SHOWER.

A shower is not something that either my partner or I built INTO our homes due to wanting to use the space we have most efficiently.

My house is 10×20′ and my partner’s is 10×24′ , which gives you some perspective on the value of every square foot.

Over the summer my creative and industrious partner – Arnaud – put together a lovely solar shower which consisted of a lot of black waterline coiled up on a sloped roof of a very simple plywood shower stall.

It worked awesome.

When it was sunny.

Except when it was TOO hot.

Or if you missed the 2 hour window when the sun hit it just perfectly.

Arnaud’s brother visited from Quebec in July and lovingly dubbed it the, “Polar Shower” because the truth was it was more often cold than warm.

But the truth is that showering in cold water actually makes you feel very ALIVE.

Now I DO love bathing and showering outside.

And I even learned to love the cold water.

Yes I am – wild child through & through and I believe in strengthening our bodies through challenging them both with temperature and physical exercise.

But when it got to be November and below 0 degrees celcius …

that was just too freaking cold and I couldn’t do it anymore.

Context: We’re homesteading, building a house, parenting and running several businesses.

You know how sometimes even when you have a shower right down the hall it can sometimes feel like you still don’t have time?

If you are or have ever been an entrepreneur or parent of young children or built a house then you know what I’m talking about.

So that was what was happening for us except the shower wasn’t right down the hall.

We had to build it before we could actually take a shower.

So we’ve found ourselves showering at friends houses for the past several months which has been awesome (thank you if you are one of those friends!!) and I now know all the best bathtubs in our neighbourhood..haha..

Until finally…my amazing, gorgeous and multi-talented man – just this week – put together our new outdoor shower.

Have you ever had that kind of experience – maybe travelling or just camping for a weekend?

Where for a period of time you suddenly don’t have something that you usually take totally for granted in our modern Western world and then when you have it again you are just SO deeply grateful?

But really – there actually is NOTHING more miraculous than HOT RUNNING WATER in the MIDDLE OF THE FOREST!

Outdoor HOT shower…miracle of miracles.

With all this showering I’m doing now I’m getting inspired to share with you my favorite tips for turning your shower into a deeper cleansing experience ~ both physically AND spiritually ~ so stay tuned for next Sacred Saturday where I will be giving you 5 tips on that goodness.

In our family we make it a daily practice to share what we are grateful for with each other before meals and also before having any more difficult conversations. It helps a lot.

Gratitude is said to be one of the top three predictors of how much joy we will experience in our lives.

What are you grateful for?

Please share below in the comments 🙂 I can’t wait to read them.

In love & light,

Josea