Hot Tubs Essay

1774 Words Apr 14th, 2015 8 Pages
The Fully Realized Hot Tub Human
-Marilyn Owen
Poet and speaker, David Whyte, likes to sprinkle his talks about poetry, creativity, and philosophy with wry references to the “fully realized hot tub humans in California”. (1) I understand the stereotype he gently mocks; those who believe enlightenment will come easily through the pursuit of pseudo-spiritual states of ‘bliss out’. The remark never fails to make me smile and wince, because I am one of those humans. Sort of. Here’s the case for my thesis. You be the judge.

My love affair with hot tubs started, appropriately, with sex. Not just any sex, but passionate, sensual, first-of-its-kind cosmic sex in a backyard Jacuzzi. You don’t have to be a brain scientist to imagine the
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Survival instincts led to a focused pursuit of healing experiences, which eventually zeroed in on everything mythic and Jungian. During a really stressful few years where it seemed like my life was a case study for all top ten psycho-social stressors, I found myself retreating to a local hot tub resort more and more frequently. This haven of private little hot tubs, with a view of lake, sunset and stars, became my secret retreat. The silence and solitude allowed me to reflect, sob, sing, dance, create, float, and even pray to whatever god was alive in my imagination at the time. And this, I propose, has become my highly personalized spiritual practice.

Not Zazen. Spazen. You think I jest? Let me lay out the evidence.

Transformational Elements of Hot Tubbing

Let’s take a (slightly) more academic and considered approach hot tub bliss. Can hot tubbing be seriously considered as a spiritual practice? Let’s start by defining spiritual practice as a set of behaviors, performed regularly, that facilitate a greater sense of connection to that which transcends the personal ego—whether you call it God, Goddess, Great Spirit, the Self, the Tao, or the Evolutionary Impulse of the Unfolding Universe. Spiritual practices come in a variety of denominations, structures, frequencies, and intensities. Most importantly, though, is that the practice fit the person: it should

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