This is my daily ritual.
It’s not set in stone. And I don’t do it every day.
But when I do, my day goes smoother, my life feels grounded and my sense of humor is quick to the draw.
And when I don’t, my frustrations snare me quicker, my doubts creep in faster and life feels overwhelming.
Funny: knowing that, you’d think that when I start to feel overwhelmed, this ritual would be the first thing I turn to.
But often if I’m overwhelmed it’s too late — I am deep in forgetful mode.
I forget that my daily ritual will help.
I forget that it’s not hard to do.
I forget that life is one thing at a time, one moment at a time.
I forget that the past is the past and the future is the future and both exist mostly in my imagination.
I forget that no matter what is going on I have the power, right now, to take a breath and listen to my body, my mind, my voice.
I forget to listen to that little voice that says, hey, when’s the last time you checked in with me? Why did you stop doing your morning ritual?
For a while, anyway. Until I slow down enough to hear it, and listen to what it’s telling me.
That’s why I try to do this every day. So I can keep from getting to that overwhelmed, stressed out, frustrated place. Because it seems so small but doing my ritual for five minutes every day is what keeps me grounded, calm and light on my feet.
I’m calling it MY RITUAL like it’s a big fancy thing but my ritual is basically just taking deep breaths, listening to my thoughts and sitting with them.
I do this different ways depending on my mood. I can sit in a quiet spot, or go for a walk and do it on my feet. I can end with 2 minutes of dancing to Cyndi Lauper. I can write down words I want to remember in sharpie and stick them on my wall. But it usually goes something like this:
- Stop what you’re doing
- Put your hand on your heart
- Close your eyes
- Take 3 deep breaths
- Ask yourself: what is stressing you out?
- Write down one thought that is stressing you out
- Breathe with that thought and let some questions in. Don’t fix it, don’t solve it. Sit with it and let questions come: is it true? How do you know? Are you sure?
And honestly, if all you do is the first four steps, that is the most important part. Giving yourself a moment to take three deep breaths with your hand on your heart. Trust me: spending a moment doing this will get you so much more than two minutes of scanning the New York Times or scrolling through Facebook.
I’d love to hear what your daily rituals are! And if you don’t have one, steal mine, or make one up yourself.