04 Apr 6 Rituals To Make Each Day Sacred
Since ancient times, human beings have always had a longing for rituals. Here is an article where we outline 6 rituals to make every day sacred.
It’s still true today, although now we are more likely to call them “routines.” They may not necessarily have any religious or superstitious reasons behind them, but we all have our habits, and little idiosyncrasies that we adhere to. We feel lost if we don’t.
The thing about habits is that they can be good or bad. And sadly, despite all our progress, technology, convenience and luxury, most people today have more bad habits than good. Our routines no longer serve to connect us with the sacred, to give our lives meaning. They’re just things we do over and over as cruise through life on autopilot.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We can choose to turn off autopilot, to stop and be present in the moment. We can choose to become more aware of the mystery of life, our place in the cosmos, and our connection to a greater harmony and wholeness. And it can be as simple as incorporating a few rituals into our daily lives.
Here are some 6 examples of rituals you can use to make every day sacred.
1. Morning Movement
Greet each day with movement and exercise. This can take many forms, from the ancient hatha yoga practice of Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) to a simple morning jog. Or you can just put on your favorite music and dance!
Starting your day with movement has many practical benefits, like improved productivity and increased metabolism. But when it is done with ritual intent, it honors the body as the temple of the Spirit, and makes us more aware of our connection to the Divine Source of all life.
2. Loving Your Reflection
We all spend time in front of the mirror every morning, combing our hair, brushing our teeth, grooming ourselves and preparing for the day ahead. This is the perfect time to practice self-love, and say some daily affirmations.
Write down your favorite affirmations – like “I am healthy and beautiful,” or “I am loved and supported in every way” – on little post-it notes, and stick them to your bathroom mirror. When you step out of the shower, take a minute to look in the mirror and love your reflection.
Look deep into your own eyes, down into your soul, the Divine spark within, and recite your daily affirmations. This has a tremendous affect on your attitude and self-esteem, and helps set a positive and sacred tone for the rest of your day.
3. Sun Bathing
Since the dawn of time, human beings have looked at the sun as a powerful symbol of the Divine, the source of all life. There is no better way to strengthen your awareness and connection to the Divine Source than to practice a “sun bathing” ritual every day.
In the early afternoon (your lunch break at work is the perfect time!) when the day is warmest and the sun is near it’s peak, take a few minutes to step outside. Stand facing the sun, with your head held high and your feet together. Close your eyes, and take some slow, deep breaths.
Feel the light and the warmth of the sun washing over you, and imagine rays of pure, white, life-giving light penetrating every cell of your body, infusing with you positive energy. Do this for 2 – 3 minutes, or longer if you wish. See what a difference it makes in your mood and your energy level!
4. Welcome Home
One of the best times for a daily ritual is when you first arrive home at the end of a long day. Just as your morning rituals set the tone for the rest of your day, what you do when you first come home will largely determine the quality of your evening.
So welcome yourself home with love and gratitude.
Go to your altar and light a candle, or a stick of incense. Look around your home and give thanks for this space, for the shelter, warmth, comfort and safety it provides you. Take a moment to reflect on how blessed you are to have a roof over your head. Be grateful.
Then you may wish to shower, bathe, change clothes, or make yourself comfortable. Develop your own personal routine that helps you relax and enjoy the place you call home.
If you work from home, you can prepare a special “welcome home” for your partner, your roommate, or your children when they come home from school.
5. Sacred Mealtime
Sacred mealtime begins with fresh, healthy ingredients. As you prepare the meal, reflect on all the work that has gone into growing, harvesting, packaging and shipping the food you are about to consume. Honor everyone involved in the process.
Invite your family to help with the cooking, or have them set the table. Put on some positive music, or practice a mantra as you cook. Infuse the food with love and gratitude and good vibrations.
Lastly, gather your loved ones around the table, turn off the TV, and put away your cell phones and other distractions. Say grace, bless the food and give thanks, then dig in! Enjoy a wholesome meal, and quality, sacred time with the ones you love.
6. Cleansing & Releasing
At the end of the day, before going to bed, take some time to sit before your altar and reflect on the day. Is there anything you regret? Are you holding onto any grudges, any anger or resentment, toward yourself or others?
What do you need to release, in order to sleep in peace?
If there is anything you would like to let go of, write it down on a piece of paper. Then burn it, as a symbol of releasing that burden once and for all. Or tear it up and throw it in the garbage. Then light some sage, or sweet grass, and smudge yourself. Or smear some essential oil on your forehead, over your “third eye.”
Then spend a few minutes in quiet meditation to relax, and prepare for a good night’s sleep.
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