Hot Tubs Essay
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 …show more content…
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