How to turn routines into rituals
I think the most appropriate way to start this blog post is with a few definitions because you may be asking yourself what’s the difference between routine and ritual?
A routine is a set of tasks that we do over and over again with a specific outcome. Routines can become habits where we do them so often that our brain goes on autopilot so much so that you don’t even know that you’re doing it.
It’s kind of like when you drive yourself home from work in the evening and your mind is busy thinking about the work you still have to do or how tired you are and without even thinking you’ve driven yourself home. That’s because the routine has been done so many times it’s become a habit and is so second nature to. You didn’t even notice your friend honking their horn and waving at you.
Intention is what makes ritual different from routine.
Doing things with intention means your being mindful and aware of what you’re doing. It means you are present in the moment.
In our busy lives, we have so many routines that you probably don’t even realize. You wake up in the morning, put on the coffee, shower, commute to work, eat lunch, prepare dinner and the list goes on.
Life can be pretty routine and mundane if we allow it to be. But what if you could make everyday feel sacred and infused with intention? How would that change your life? How would you feel?
It’s actually a lot easier than you think and it doesn’t take a lot of effort either.
Taking the time to be mindful and aware of the little things that you do is all the difference.
When preparing a meal, instead of just chopping up and cooking, why not start with a little prayer of gratitude. Thank mother earth for the food she has provided and set an intention that it nourishes those who you’ve prepared it for. This makes the cooking process so much more intentional and filled with love. You can taste it!
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault
The act of cooking can be turned into a ritual that makes you feel sacred and connected to spirit. Food is energy and it’s what’s fueling you and your families bodies. So the next time you’re preparing to chop those carrots, feel them in your hands and thank them for the nourishment they will give to your body. Even take a moment to be grateful for the farmers who made it possible to get those carrots to you.
Take deep intentional breaths while you make your coffee or tea. Breath in the aromas and be thankful for your morning beverage. Just being still in the moment feels very sacred and is an act of gratitude.Make waking up your kids in the morning a ritual that feels good.
David and I sing to our children to get them out of bed in the morning. We call it the morning song - I know the name isn’t super creative but it works. When we do that, the morning starts with a smile on everyone’s face and I love it! The only challenge we’ve found is that on weekends when we want to sleep in, they’re buzzing in our ears with this damn morning song! LOL
I encourage you to think about the things you do on a daily basis and see how you can turn the mundane things into a ritual and make those little moments sacred.
If you'd like to go even deeper with me to develop some of your own rituals to live with more intention you can check out my intentional living coaching program here.
Love & Light,
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