My friend CJ wakes up each morning, lights the candle on her table, say a short prayer and prepares for work. Before she leaves, she returns to the candle, ask for God to bless her day and everyone she encounters, blows out the candle and out she goes.
Another friend rises in the morning, makes a cup of tea, lights a candle, writes out her intentions for the day, expresses her deepest gratitude for all that she has and prepares for work.
My morning ritual is similar; it includes lighting a candle upon rising, a 20-30 minute meditation and walking my dog around our neighborhood twice each morning before leaving for work. However, there are times when my 30 minute meditation becomes 10 minutes or I walk my dog a few city blocks instead of around the neighborhood. But I try to make sure I take time because it's a part of me, and if I miss a day of ritual, my day is a bit off.
What are Rituals (an excerpt from our "Do You Ritual" e-book)
Ritual is a way to connect with something higher, whether it is your higher self or higher powers. They can be simple or complex, and every religion uses them in some form or another. Yet mentioning ‘ritual’ to some individuals causes them to instantly become wary, nervous or suspicious in some way. Many people feel that ritual equates with complex ceremonies, the wearing of robes, and the chanting of difficult verses that they must learn by heart, so the whole idea feels off-putting or intimidating or even boring. However, the daily practice of personal rituals is a very individualistic thing, and can be as simple a drinking a cup of tea upon rising each morning or a simple 10 minute meditation before bed. Rituals can be as plain, creative, peaceful, or stimulating, as you feel is necessary or beneficial for their intended purpose.
SoulConnection.org coaches are in the process of writing a series of e-books, one of which include "Do You Ritual." While working on this e-book, I began to wonder how others ritual. Let us know.