#DailyWritingChallenge Day 28: Rituals

A ritual is a ceremony or action performed in a customary way. … We also call the ceremony itself a ritual. Although it comes from religious ceremonies, ritual can also be used for any time-honored tradition, like the Superbowl, or Mardi Gras, or Sunday morning pancake breakfast.

What is the difference between a routine and a ritual?

For me a routine are those daily habits that we perform unconsciously, the things we are programmed like robots to do: we shower, we brush our teeth, we dress, we brush our hair, we eat breakfast, we put our shoes on, we travel to work. We do these things on auto-pilot, we hit each repeat each day.

By contrast a ritual involves the things we do to nourish our soul. The things we choose to do: meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journalling, massages, baths and gratitude logs. We do these things mindfully, we do these things consciously.

Before-Covid my rituals were my monthly self-care activities like going for an acupuncture session, for a massage, for a spa day, for a hair cut. A mid-week G&T and a bath if I had a bad day. Most of these rituals have a price tag.

Mid-Covid my rituals are my daily self-care practices. My morning starts early each day with a glass of water, a coffee and sitting contemplating the theme of the day. I open all of the doors and the windows and let the outside in. I love the fresh air and the sound of nature filling my lounge. My brain wakes up as I tap on my key board and reflect.

I make my own lunch, fresh each day – I have cooked more in the last 4 weeks than I have in the last 4 years. After lunch I lie on my Shakti mat and feel my spine align. At the end of each day in the home office I go for a walk in the sunshine.

Each night I speak to one of my peer support circles and connect with phenomenal women. We talk about life, how we are feeling, how we are coping, what we are exploring.

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I go to bed religiously at 10pm each night, normally after a G&T, sometimes after a bath.

Weekly I go to the local farm shop and fill my fridge up with vibrant colours. I go to the Post Office and post the cards I have written to loved ones that week.

Each Saturday I clean my house (when I was promoted to AHT 10 years ago I started paying for a weekly cleaner) and there is something quite satisfying in that.

On the weekends I read, I garden and I listen too music. I light candles and I sit and think. I pass time idly away. I potter.

My days and my weeks have found a new rhythm. I feel calm. I enjoy the stillness and the quietness. In some ways it feels like we are on a spiritual or a meditative retreat, but this one is free.

Post-Covid, I am hopeful that these new habits and intentional rituals will be embedded and will remain to punctuate my day, replacing the exclamation marks of before with the ellipses of today.

Published by Ethical Leader

Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Speaker and Writer. Experience of teaching schools, initial teacher education, mentoring & coaching, diversity and equality. Passionate about integrity, ethics and values.

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