Life is a journey, filled with ups and downs, unexpected twists, and everyday challenges. Throughout this sometimes hectic and chaotic dance, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters to us as human beings. What if there was a way to infuse more meaning into your life?
The answer lies in the art of ritualizing – turning the mundane into something more special.
The Impact of Ritual
As a Life Coach and Human Design Guide, I’ve had the privilege of empowering countless professionals change what isn’t working in their lives to make way for more of what is. Time and time again, I’ve seen the transformative power of small ‘r’ rituals in shaping a more purposeful and meaningful life.
Let’s explore the profound impact of rituals and how you can incorporate them into your routine to find more meaning and contentment in your life.
What’s a Small ‘R’ Ritual Anyway?
We usually think of ritual around religious ceremonies anchored to a specific place, led by a particular person, or connected to a specific holiday or time of year. The anthem(s) played before a sporting event or the singing of “Happy Birthday” are also rituals that many of us have taken part in. We know what to expect if we go to a wedding ceremony, a funeral mass, a hockey game, or a birthday party. There is comfort and safety in this knowledge and as a collective it creates connection.
Rituals are a set of actions or behaviors performed regularly and intentionally, carrying personal significance, and meaning. That said, a small ‘r’ ritual can be:
- as simple as sipping your morning coffee with more intention
- as profound as a joyful monthly reflection session
- or as unique as your calming bedtime routine
We come to know what to expect out of this time, creating comfort and connection with ourselves in the process of ritualizing every day. In a sense, returning home to ourselves.
Creating Your Own Ritual
As an illustration, here are some sample rituals you can consider incorporating into your life:
Morning Gratitude Ritual – Start each day by listing three things you’re grateful for. This sets a positive tone for the day ahead. Make it sacred with a journal, some coffee, and a scented candle.
Weekly Goal Setting Ritual – Allocate time before you step out of work each week to set 5 goals or priorities for the upcoming week. Log out, shut down and make it joyful with a hype-song dance party!
Monthly Life Review Ritual – Take a step back at the end of each month to review your progress and celebrate your successes. Pour some tea or a glass of wine and get writing using a special pen and planner used for these reflections.
Tune Inward Ritual – Growing a daily meditation practice is a beautiful example of creating a small ‘r’ ritual. Create a space in your home where you can spend this time. Make it special with cushions, essential oils, and music. Keep this space a no phone zone by kicking it old school with a simple iPod or CD player.
Daily Walk Ritual – Finally, your already established daily walk is a wonderful habit to ritualize. This is a perfect example of making something you are already doing a full sensory experience. Try walking without a podcast, music or audio book playing in your ears. Really experience the sights, sounds and smells of where you are walking. Feel the temperature of the air on your skin, the breath moving in and out of your nostrils. Take a moment of pause along your route, expressing gratitude for one thing you’ve noticed.
Take the First Step
Above all, Ritualizing your life is a powerful tool for personal development and growth. Not only does it allow you to infuse meaning into your daily routine, but also helps you chart an intentional course towards your goals. Remember, the art of ritualizing is a dynamic journey, not a destination. Embrace the process, and let your rituals be the compass that guides you towards a more purposeful and meaningful life.
Ready to learn more or continue the discussion? Attend the Calgary Circle as a guest on November 28, 2023 where I will be sharing more about the power of rituals.
Content provided by Women Belong member Kristell Court