Updated: Jan 24, 2022
Rituals have been brought into the lime light in the wellness space, and for good reason. Rituals awaken our spirit, activate our engagement with our life, and move us through intention to take action in a special way. Ritual practice are the grounds that feed our daily routine so that we promote ourselves with wellbeing and personal growth.
CREATE MORE SPACE FOR MINDFUL ROUTINES
Rituals have a spiritual aspect to the practice. They are sacred to the individual who performs them. In traditions, rituals are a series of ceremonial activities prepared in religious services. They are also practiced in cultural customs to honor the associations of marriage, to celebrate birth, and to honor death. Perhaps we've inherited our rituals in how we commemorate birthdays and anniversaries, or in how they play a role during holidays; Posadas, Navidad or La Purisima; a quintessential celebration for the Virgin Mary in Nicaragua that happens December 7th.
Rituals can be a beautiful practice that foster respect, love, devotion, and that pays tribute to the things that we value. The question is what do we value, and how can we adapt a daily practice to support what we value? It may require us to raise our awareness and to evaluate how we want to show up everyday. Having a personal ritual can help us develop daily routines that anchor us, that provide steadiness, and that build our adaptability and resiliency. In modern day, a ritual can serve as a practical approach towards supporting our intentions, our wellbeing and our goals.
High performers acclaim their dedication to daily habits or mindful practices for experiencing sustainability and great success. Tony Robbins is a master of self-discipline. His ritual is called "Priming", a three part program that include breathing, gratitude, and praying for 10 minutes everyday. Entrepreneur, investor and author Tim Ferriss is adept at reserving his mornings for his ritual of 20 minute meditations. And Oprah Winfrey fills the top of her hour with meditation followed by heart-pumping treadmill exercise. https://www.inc.com/bryan-adams/6-celebrity-morning-rituals-to-help-you-kick-ass.html
You too can bring the power of this effective practice to experience your very own personal development and growth.
INTERNALIZE ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT
IDENTIFY WHAT YOU WANT TO NURTURE
First, think about how you want to feel, or what you want to improve in your life. Do you want to have more energy, to find more peace, love and pleasure. Perhaps you want to nurture more down time.
IDENTIFY A DAILY PRACTICE THAT SUPPORTS YOU
Next think about practices that support how you want to feel, or what you want to accomplish. Does it require you to establish a bed-time routine to enhance deeper relaxation? Do you want to start your day with a morning routine that helps you feel more grounded. Do you want to implement an exercise routine to help you maintain your energy?
You can never go wrong with initiating a mindful ritual if you connect with your intentions. Here are some ideas:
10 PRACTICES TO SUPPORT WHAT YOU VALUE
Take a moment to connect with what is important to you.
Start your day with a 3 minute grounding breathing and stretch practice.
Close your eyes and visualize your intentions for the day.
Uplift yourself with positive mindset affirmations.
Eat foods that feed the energy you want to embody.
Move your body everyday and throughout your day; walk, yoga, jog, bike, dance or other.
Establish a bedtime routine where you detach from all digital devices one hour before bed.
Find a quiet space, light a candle and meditate for 10 minutes to help you sleep better.
Place your hands to the heart space and find 3 things you are grateful.
Praise yourself for all the good things you do that no one else sees.
When starting this practice, think of the low hanging fruit. Think of what in your life needs that special attention, and start there. By adding a ritual to your daily routine know that you can adjust along the way. If this is a new practice for you, allow yourself to discover this discipline with self-love and self-compassion. This is a non-judgement zone and there is no right or wrong way to perform your chosen ritual. The purpose of this practice is to empower you in promoting your wellbeing and personal growth. I encourage you to to find a mindful "anchor" or ritual that assists you in creating more of what you want to nurture in your life!
Lastly, build your ritual toolkit one day at a time. Know I would love you to hear about what your daily ritual is and how that supports your well-being.
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