And it's not because I'm excessively dirty (although working as a hot yoga teacher and teaching paddle yoga can definitely work up a stink) or because I like to waste water, but mainly because shower time is my reset time. I can literally wash away what happened earlier in the day and prep myself for the next thing I need to do. And while it's not perfect meditation because my body is still active, I try and let my mind just be - observing thoughts without running away with them, staying super present and just showering. It's those little moments of mindfulness, those mini-meditations that make all the difference for me.
In teacher training this week we talked about meditation. Purists would argue that moments of "flow" or mindfulness are not necessarily meditation. In terms of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, maybe they're more concentration or dharana than meditation, dhyana.
But especially for those first starting a meditation practice, finding those moments in your life can help make meditation more approachable and understandable. When we're in the flow - surfing, drawing, dancing, whatever it is for you - we're present, happy, and feel a sense of peace. And ultimately that blissful feeling is what meditation is all about.