Chances are, every day you wake up, get out of bed and then follow the same old routine. Maybe, first thing you have is a cup of coffee or tea, or feed the cat or crawl in the shower. You probably don’t even think about it, you just do it. It might be such a habit that it feels unconscious. If your day doesn’t unfold this way, something is out of sorts. We all have rituals, whether we know it or not.
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Some people think of rituals as being religious, perhaps even pagan or shamanic. But a ritual is just an action taken repeatedly that takes on meaning. The power lies in the meaning we give it.
Every day we have the opportunity to set clear intention using our routines and daily structures to create a ritual or rituals that support us in life.
Imagine taking that first sip of coffee or tea in the spirit of gratitude. Maybe it’s gratitude for the joy it brings you, for its delicious flavor or for this quiet moment that helps you settle your energy before the day gets busy. Maybe it’s the appreciation of doing something just for you.
Or you can be busy in your mind about all the things you have to do today or didn’t do yesterday. You might not even taste your coffee or tea, and you definitely won’t be savoring the moment. How would your day be different if you started it with gratitude? How would your life be different?
It is so easy to take any action and create intention while doing it. It doesn’t have to be an hour of prayer, meditation or yoga, or anything else that might create internal resistance or burden. And of course, we can set aside an hour for ritual if that is what we choose.
In truth, within a few moments you can achieve the level of clarity that conscious intention can offer, but in order for it to become a ritual, you must do it regularly.
You don’t even necessarily have to change your routine to create ritual, simply add conscious intention when you take action. Try feeding your cat with love and an open heart or intending in the shower that the water cascading from the shower head not only cleanses your body but clears your energy field as well.
Ritual doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning; you can implement them any time through the day. However, mornings are great to set the energy for the day, and it can be a simple as making your bed with intention.
Evenings are great times to clear any energy you may have picked up through the day or to calm a busy mind. Try lighting a candle with the intention that it burn off any confusion or mental chatter and watch the flame for a moment or two. That’s it, that’s all you need to do.
What soon begins to happen as you practice your daily rituals is that they take on a life of their own. Your unconscious mind gets the message you have intended and sets up the energy that you have instilled in your action. It becomes more and more powerful with repetition. Now you can start your day with more and more gratitude, an open heart, appreciation and love. You can benefit your energy system with cleansing, find more peace and harmony.