I decided to prepare my room this morning before I sat down to write
todays issue of Monday Morning Coach. And, like always, I lit a
candle to invite Spirit to be with me as I put my pen to paper. I
like to have a candle lit when I write and when I coach to remind
me of Spirits presence as well as my intention to be fully present
in my heart.
There is something innately grounding and comforting about
rituals. Taking time to slow down and to be intentional is a gift
in itself. Rituals and routines, like enjoying your morning cup of
coffee or tea bring a sense of satisfaction as well as comfort.
Parents of small children often learn the importance of routine for
both them and their little ones. In creating routines, both parents
and children feel a sense of order, and in turn, inner peace.
Ive often said that the world seems to be spinning faster than
ever. Last week I read that scientists have now actually proven
this to be true. The world is, indeed, moving more rapidly than
ever before! Rituals and routines are great tools to help us find
our center when life around us is moving at the speed of sound.
In our home we celebrate "movie night" every Friday evening. We eat
pizza and watch a movie together, usually something my 7-year-old
daughter has picked out. There is something soothing about knowing
that no matter how hectic our week has been, Friday night we will
all be snuggled on our couch, tummies filled with hot pizza,
watching a film together. All three of us treasure our movie
nights (despite that Ania and I had pizza at lunch that day at
school; another tradition of ours).
Another custom enjoyed by our family is "donut Sunday". (Hmm, are
you beginning to see a pattern revolving around food . . . oh my, I
might need to look more closely at that.) Every other Sunday, Barry
and Ania head to the bakery on the other side of town to forage for
donuts and bagels. My daughter cherishes her special time with her
Dad and gets to satisfy her sweet tooth while I get to enjoy a few
minutes alone quietly reading the Sunday newspaper. Truthfully, I
really dont care much for the bagels but I sure do enjoy that
tranquil cup of tea with my Sunday edition of the paper.
When I think of some of my favorite rituals I think of journaling,
yoga, prayer, date night, Sunday family dinners, Thanksgiving
feasts, hot chocolate after playing in the snow, meditation,
smores on camping trips, cookouts, sending holiday cards, birthday
celebrations, and most importantly, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
exercise classes. (I have to put this on the list since over half
of my list involves food!)
What habits and rituals do you enjoy in your life? Are you craving
a few more? It might surprise you to see just how much joy these
little pleasures can bring!
Have a comforting week,