As we learn to observe our thoughts, emotions, and sensations, and live in the present moment, the cold of life does its work while we let it pass instead of panicking and trying to ward off the inevitable.
Athletes take ice baths as a form of recovery, but i decided to try a cold bath without ice to test my mindfulness. In this case, mindfulness being ability to observe the mental and physical sensations without becoming too attached to them, thus leading to more and more awareness of other sensations, and the ability to live in the present moment. in a situation where the mind is conditioned to respond with panic, instead of simply observing the moment and relaxing itself in a new circumstance, this exercise can do wonders.
I slowly immersed myself in the tub for just one minute and consciously detached myself from the mental inclination to panic, step out, or even shiver. I kept my head above the water so i could continually breathe deep, and noticed that the deeper I breathed, the easier it was to detach from thoughts that reminded me of a “better state” I could be in (warm water, drying off, etc.).
When the mind is in a situation where the “normal” anticipated conditioned human state is shattered, it begins to paint pictures of what would theoretically help balance things out. We can either live in our minds, and grasp for what we don’t have in this moment, or simply observe the artistry of the mind. Life works the same way. As we learn to observe our thoughts and live in the present moment, the cold does its work while we let it pass instead of panicking and trying to ward off the inevitable