If you have been practicing stillness, movement and indulgence from our week one theme of "Feeling Good", then you are well on your way to forming your daily rituals. Rituals are about honouring who you are and acknowledging what is truly important to you.
It is interesting to think of all the different ways we can define our daily repetitive actions - Routines, habits, rituals - they may have the same meaning to you until you really examine life and break it down to what is meaningful when you focus on truly nurturing and honouring yourself.
A habit is defined as: "a usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way" (merriam-webster.com).
A routine is defined as 'a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program" and "performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason" (Oxford).
A ritual is defined as "the prescribed order of performing a ceremony" or "a series of actions or types of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone" (Oxford)
In her interview with Layla Martin, Natalie MacNeil has a powerful way of describing the difference between a habit and a ritual:
"Habits are great but the nature of a habit is to make it automatic. There are so many things we do throughout the day that are just automatic reactions to things instead of really stopping and responding to life ... consciously choosing how we show up moment to moment... Rituals return us to this place of presence and in that place of presence, everything opens up for us."
Although the definitions have similarities, I encourage you to hone in on creating meaningful rituals into your daily routine. Focus on the magical components of a ritual and words such as "ceremony" and "presence". A ritual is performed as a way to connect us to who we are, to ground us in the moment, to help us be more present and most importantly, a ritual is about honouring yourself along with all of the different parts of your life, to create what is meaningful to you.
You can take almost any experience to turn it into a ritual when you complete it with the intention to be present, to honour yourself and find meaning in it:
A blissful shower
A relaxing bath
Time in nature
Having a campfire
Lighting a candle
It is the intention that you put into the activity and the meaning behind it that determines it's place in your life as a daily ritual.
Take some time to explore ways you can take the activities you already created in your life through your Feeling Good Self Care practice, and strengthen these activities to become your daily rituals. When you are ready, continue below or click to complete the self care task for daily rituals.
Check out this video explaining the research of rituals and why rituals remain important in todays society.
Check out this video if you are looking for further inspiration for cultivating daily rituals..
Follow the simple steps below to practice rituals in your daily routine
Consider your choices made during week one "Feeling Good". Reflect for a few minutes on the commitments made to your stillness practice, your movement practice and your indulgence practice. Are you experiencing the benefits of creating meaningful practices in your life? Are you ready to take it up a notch?
Write down the answers to these questions (or submit your responses below) :
Have you been able to maintain these self care practices? What will it take to expand these practices into daily rituals? How can you take an extra moment to ensure these practices are honouring you and creating deeper meaning in your life each day?
Make a list of the practices that you commit to expanding to become part of your daily rituals. Create a 'ceremony' around this commitment: find a symbol of your commitment to honouring yourself such as a special rock, piece of jewellery, creating a sacred space in your home. Turn your commitment into a ritual by solidifying your commitment in a special way and finding a symbol to be your constant reminder to focus on self care and rituals.
Once you complete the above process, congratulate yourself - you have officially completed your first ritual!
I would love to hear about your commitments, challenges and what went well!
You can also ask me any questions you might have about the process. Simply fill out the form on this page and hit "send" - I look forward to hearing from you!