Skip Your Morning Meditation & Watch this Instead.

Via Kristin Luce
on Apr 22, 2012
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This video will do in five minutes what takes your meditation two hours.

What separates “boring” from “peaceful”?

Arguably it is the magic and beauty of innocence that emerges when we are truly open. Anyone who has practiced sitting meditation for more than a few minutes knows that you have to sit through a lot of “boring” (and sometimes worse) before the peace and magic begins.

This video of a baby’s first bath, on the other hand, cuts straight to the chase!

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Editor: Tanya L. Markul, Photo courtesy: Kristin Luce

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About Kristin Luce

Kristin Luce is slowly going sane by using her actual life and relationships to wake up. Her quest for truth has led her through a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Buddhist Psychology, intensive retreat practice, certification as a Meditation Instructor, two life-changing relationships and two life-changing kids. She now provides in-depth coaching for individuals and couples who want profound and dramatic transformation. An avid writer, she has been featured in such publications as Mothering Magazine and The Buddhadharma, and is a regular contributor to elephant journal. Friend her on Facebook, Twitter, her website or contact her at [email protected].


262 Responses to “Skip Your Morning Meditation & Watch this Instead.”

  1. Mel says:

    I think this video is the perfect learning tool. It teaches us to let go of our panic and trust. I found myself relaxing after 1 minute realizing baby will be fine. Mouth & nose were not covered at all. How relaxing for baby's first bath and massage after was wonderful for growth & digestion.

  2. Frnkeeee says:

    Don't make a claim about something being better than meditation, unless you make that claim to folks who regularly meditate and they all agree with you. Otherwise you are just someone else who thinks they know about the effects of meditation and don't have a practice themselves. Don't just do something, SIT THERE!

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  5. Lux says:

    Thank you.

  6. Summer says:

    What makes this video a great meditation is that you can learn a lot about yourself by observing your own reaction to it. Those who reacted with fear or even pity(!) for the baby, for example, could learn a powerful lesson about how fear (and all the "dos" and "don'ts" we're inundated with in our society) can limit your ability to access or appreciate some of the most amazing and beautiful moments life has to offer. It's also interesting to observe how people are projecting their fears onto the nurse and baby, as if something wrong was being done, instead of owning their own fear as something that originated within (and thus was caused by) themselves.

    Also, I don't think the author was suggesting replacing your regular meditation practice with this video. But as a one-time swap? MORE than worth it, if you have the ability to open yourself to what this video has to teach you.

  7. KristinSLuce says:

    Beautifully articulated, in my opinion! Thanks, Summer.

  8. tanyananda says:

    Oh to be a baby in this woman's hands!

  9. Tina says:

    I agree yes it made nervous especially submerging the ears with too much water Thank you

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  11. Elisa Nielsen says:

    what a wondeful video…it touched me so moch i had to weep…and wanting to be a baby for a moment …while
    a loving person cared for me….yes love is all there is!!!!

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  16. Guest says:

    She was very skilled at what she was doing. My son had a similar bath after his water birth he loved it. I was not as confident as her to get the water so close to his nose. But she surely get a lot of practice. Beautiful video!

  17. jasmin says:

    I agree with you. I couldn't finish watching it.

  18. Abby says:

    It’s cute and all but I just don’t get why this is such a popular post/video. But then, I’m 35 and have never wanted to have a baby and I’ve never been a “kid person,” so perhaps the warm fuzziness of it is lost on me. 🙂 There seems to be a lot of concern about the nurse getting the water so close to the baby’s nose, but she’s clearly very skilled.

  19. suze says:

    No, she was extremely careful with supporting and positioning the baby's head so their nostrils were never under water. She was in full control and knew what she was doing.I was not nervous at all, after I realized that.

  20. I have been so moved, I cried recalling my 1st baby’s 1st bath. I remember having been terrified, not knowing..unsure…new Mom. The woman who sent me this was that baby. I did this and my baby taught me about total trust for the 1st time in my life, and with it, total vulnerability and total responsibility, just the beginnning of what being a Mother is. That new identity is rarely spoken about, rarely described or taught, mostly instructed in a dry, emotionless book or class. This video, worth 10,000 words, says what cannot be told. Thank you for this very precious memory. Thank you Anne, for sending it to me. Love, your Mom

  21. DTecza says:

    I wish my babies first bath would have been like this. Instead they were wiped with a cold, hard wash cloth! It is obvious that the babies felt very comfortable and safe! Put them right to sleep!

  22. @simplytaty says:

    People, defending meditation or analyzing every bit of video with a critical eye might be why this is akin to meditation. It's important to know yourself to find out why a moment of peace and love between this little trusting being and caring hands who obviously watched out for the well being of this child would cause you to have such a defensive attitude. Meditation is not a chore to be quiet, it's moving inner knowledge, it's alive and free. Letting yourself be moved by the now is more important than how many minutes you sat down today.

  23. annie says:

    i agree with you, although it does not seem that anyone else does! also, maybe a liittle too much massaging?? seems a bit odd to me……

  24. Margaret says:

    How wonderful. The music and the beautiful pictures of that baby are just mind blowing. I put it on just to relax and enjoy special moments.

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  27. Tony in Berkely says:

    The sheer fact that this is such a popular blog is testament to how many women out there are baby crazy!

  28. KristinSLuce says:

    Unbelievably beautiful post. Thank you. Your heart must have made such a perfect Mama…

  29. Nana says:

    I thought the same! I guess I will watch this almost every day from now on!

  30. Amy Whelan says:

    This was so beautiful and relaxing. Thank you.

  31. Amy Whelan says:

    I used to do this years ago with my babies, and I wasn't trained (or even saw this before). You use your mother instincts and common sense.

  32. Lucia says:

    I work labor and delivery and offer to do the baby's first bath with the mother the first time she bathes after delivery. This would be a great alterntive for the baby whose mother had a cesarean and can't bathe! Thank you.

  33. Regina from Germany says:

    I Love It. I have done it to my son too,when he was 1 week old. It´s fantastic.
    I was ralaxing too,when I saw it.

  34. Regina from Germany says:

    I think, it´s only true and sensible love what you need to do this.You feel it.

  35. Regina from Germany says:

    Sorry, I don´t think so. What does proffessionals can do better than the true love of the parents? It´s just relaxing !(?)

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  37. Anita.Kata says:

    Peaceful to the mind…

  38. Chuck says:

    Beautiful. It really shows how wonderfully aware a newborn is. But baby's first bath should be given by mom. Nurses steal a lot of the first intimate moments that belong to the mother and father of the new born. For example, the first time the baby gazes into the face of another human being it should be the mother, not a nurse. In the delivery room, the baby is whisked away from mother at birth to be rubbed vigorously, sucked, immunized, and inspected. Newborns cry because they are being traumatized! We need more conscious midwives and natural home births.

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  40. Rachel Cune says:

    Wow, who would not like just to sit down not knowing you are already doing an important thing. Having a peace of mind is truly amazing and sometimes, not easy to achieve in this busy world. A good idea to achieve it as well, is to visit a new place and stay in a place where you can find peace, which is why is created.

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  42. Very calming and beautiful video!

  43. Heartwarming, thank your so much

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  45. Cecilia says:

    Precioso…cuánto amor y empatía hacia el bebé. Cuánta dulzura y respeto…se me han saltado las lágrimas de emoción y efectivamente, aunque no reemplazaría mi meditación, me ha relajado ver este video.

  46. Landon says:

    I think the point is not that it's his first bath, but that he's deaf – and the massage and touch are important sensory experiences for the baby. The setting is the "Clinic for the Deaf".

  47. fitnessgames says:

    Incredible video. I am going to share it with my sister and his new born.

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