Integrate these 4 simple rituals into your day to get in touch with your soul, your higher self, your innate inspiration, and your connection to nature and the divine.
1. Morning and Mantra
Practicing mantra meditation as soon as you rise from your slumber (and after you eliminate) is the perfect way to ensure you’ll get into a regular meditation practice.
When I wake up, I typically make a large glass of warm water (sometimes with lemon and sometimes not), a cup of coffee, and then go straight to my meditation cushion. I have my drinks to sip on if I want to while I practice for about 20-30 minutes.
Chanting seems a bit too “yang” for the morning, so I simply listen to mantras while closing my eyes and focusing on the third eye — sometimes visualizing what I want to accomplish for the day and also visualizing what I want to bring forth from my imagination into material reality.
The quiet hours of the early morning are perfect for this. It’s one of the true highlights of my day.
2. An Afternoon Tea Walk
When I’ve had enough sitting and thinking in front of my computer, when my eyes have had too much electronic stimuli and my hands a bit too much typing, I make a cup of peppermint or lemongrass tea, bundle up (depending upon the weather) and slip on my tennis shoes.
For the next twenty to thirty minutes or so I simply walk and sip, sometimes intentionally practicing mindfulness as I walk — noticing all the sights, sounds and smells around me. Other times chanting a mantra in my head while walking, while other times allowing my mind to wander — not having any sort of goal or practice in mind.
It’s a solitary time to relax and reboot and appreciate the beauty of nature.
3. An Evening Yin Class Online
Even if I did an hour long yoga practice during daylight hours, I often find my body desires a bit more restorative movement during evening hours.
Sometimes, I’d rather not sit on the couch after dinner to watch a movie, read, or work at my desk. Sometimes I find more pleasure in a slow Yin practice that really brings the body and mind into a state of relaxation that’s necessary for good sleep.
Whether it’s a Yin or Restorative class, and whether it’s a full hour or a mere ten minutes, I find that just a bit of movement is really nourishing for my soul.
4. Nighttime Gratitude Journaling
Before bed, it’s really nice to spend just a bit of time journaling. This doesn’t have to be anything major — just a half a page or full page to jot down whatever thoughts come to mind and then close with a few minutes of gratitude.
I like to write down who and what I’m grateful for and something positive or surprising that happened that day. There’s always something, however big or small.
This little ritual brings me in touch with nature, the Universe, and my own higher self. Saying “thank you” helps me go to sleep, knowing that tomorrow will be just as beautiful as today — no matter what comes.
What are some daily rituals that you have? Share with us in the comments below!