For many women, our focus is external. We put so much of our energy into taking care of our family, to balancing our duties at home and work, and to cultivating friendships that we often have little energy left to nurture ourselves. Rituals are a beautiful way to connect back to our true selves. It is time for us to reclaim our passion for life and revive the wisdom within us and integrate that into everyday life. Rituals are a simple, yet beautiful way to elevate the ordinary to extraordinary; they put meaning into each moment.
A lot of women tell me they feel guilty for taking care of themselves and taking time to relax. Many of us have grown up in an environment where our emotional needs were not met and we learned to take care of others to the exclusion of taking care of ourselves. I’ve noticed a better version of me emerges and I have more to give when I integrate meaningful rituals into my everyday life.
A ritual can be as simple as saying thank you when you wake each morning or eating with intention and being mindful of the union between food and your body. Choosing an affirmation as a centering thought for your day or meditating while holding a crystal or spending time in nature are simple rituals that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. It could be the act of cooking or washing dishes. It could be lighting a candle, listening to music, burning incense or diffusing essential oils and journaling. Showering can become a waterfall of love. When you look at it like this, the opportunities become endless.
If you are unsure of where to start, choose something that feels right for you. Find something of interests that inspires you. I find cooking relaxing and grounding. I mindfully choose what I am going to prepare and I responsibly source the ingredients. I give thanks for the energy of the earth and sky, for the farmers and all those involved in providing this food for me to nourish my mind, body and soul. An everyday activity becomes sacred.
Rituals remind us of our own sacredness and our relationship with all things around and within us.
Do you have a favorite ritual?
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