In my previous blog featuring midwinter rituals, we suggested ways to replace unproductive time habits with dynamic new systems.
Your midwinter rituals invigorate mind, body and spirit by adding a fresh chapter to your day! As you warmly enrich yourself on all levels, you provide the perfect antidote to the, “Will spring ever come?” blahs.
So, building on that, here are 3 additional Timely Tips to craft rituals that both enliven and inspire you.
1. Use rituals to revive intention and restore direction.
When lifeless midwinter routines sap your energy, focus and drive, create a regenerative ritual. Your best energy is always waiting right inside of you, eager to emerge!
Let’s say you realize that you are simply going through the motions for part of each day. Ask yourself these questions:
- What drives your choices during this period?
- How does your motivation impact you throughout your day?
- What would enrich these hours for you?
Next, use powerful imagery to frame and give voice to a deep and heartfelt intention. Confirm and connect with who you are and where you are going. Find music, poetry, or anything that kindles your original passion for what you do and then create a compelling ritual for yourself.
For example, you might start with music or recorded nature sounds. Read something from a favorite poet that touches your heart. Sit quietly and allow a single word to bubble up – one that embodies the energy you wish to bring to your day. (Words that anchor or amplify your resilience might include persistence, openness, patience and compassion.) Your word serves as a touchstone, throughout your day, to ground and energize you.
2. Safeguard your rituals.
Protect the time you assign for your most important, health-giving activities. And your rituals belong in that category. Think of them as feeding the root system of your spirit.
So set aside the time you need for this vital activity. Make whatever arrangements are required so that you can enter wholly into this restorative time and space. Know in your heart that claiming part of your day for yourself needn’t be subject to anyone’s approval; it’s your assertive right AND your responsibility!
Well-tended boundaries encircle your ritual in peacefulness. Consciously include steps to create an inner sanctuary free from outside demands as you begin your ritual. And end with a mindful closure so you return to your tasks alert and refreshed.
3. Set aside time for your ritual’s evaluation and evolution.
Remember that your ritual is dynamic. Make it responsive to your changing needs, moods, and seasonal energy. Assess where you are by asking yourself:
- How does your ritual feel to you?
- What do you receive from it?
- How do you anticipate continuing to grow through this special part of your day?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Record what works and what needs revision. This constancy is your loyalty to yourself.
Remember to carry forward your ‘ceremonial wisdom’ to enrich other times of year, as well. Start jotting down ideas now that will help you celebrate place, time, and potential through these coming months.
© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.