10 Rituals To Bring to Your Everyday: Part 1

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After completing the Wellness Series that was inspired by Lamu Island, I figured it would be kind of neat to share some of the little things that are part of my everyday. Things I ALWAYS do without fail and that have contributed a large part to a more holistic and orgasmic lifestyle.

I happen to love having a routine that helps me Go With The Flow. I love it simple and non-fussy.

In this 2 part blog post, I will share with you 10 practices that have transformed my own life and that I am hopeful will help transform yours too.

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The good thing about most of these practises is that they are very easy to assimilate into your day to day without feeling like a chore or too much work to do.

1| Morning Pages

This is by far my most favourite method of connecting with my inner voice and the artist in me.

Most people will tell you that they journal faithfully. It is a great form of release.

The morning pages is slightly more than that. I learnt about the Morning Pages from Julia Cameron here; three pages of uncensored short hand that you do first thing in the morning.

The beauty of the Morning Pages lies in the freedom to write whatever is in your heart.

My own pages have revealed me to me. This practice has transformed my relationship with my self. The thoughts that I refuse to acknowledge publicly for fears both known and unknown, have been given space to unleash themselves. Frustrations have been vented and released on these pages. Ideas that seem too good to be true are dreamt up here. This is my chance to write it all down with no judgment, no condemnation- just what is at that moment.

My pages have taught me that if we seek, we shall find. Help is always close at hand. There is no shortage of creative ideas. Most importantly, we are wiser than we give ourselves credit for.

I could tell you stories about the miracles, solutions and synchronicity that has occurred as a result, but that would need a whole day. Or you could ask me about it.

Sure I have had to wake up at least half an hour earlier to get my thoughts down, but the level of clarity I have experienced has made all the difference.

It's something I do without fail- every morning.

2| Walk Time

Walking is a brilliant form of exercise, but it can also be transformed into a moment of self-reflection. Twenty minutes at least twice a week will inspire creative solutions to problems that seem to be eating at you.  As Julia says ‘you may walk out with a problem and walk back in with a solution.’

I purposely set out to walk everywhere. Sometimes I have my earphones on, sometimes I don't.

I use that moment to observe the world as it moves around me, wondering what  thoughts other people have.

I enjoy feeling the wind in my back, seeing the cars whoosh by and getting lost in my own thoughts.  It is almost like a quiet form of meditation.

I also enjoy walking with my mother, as we talk and have conversations about any and everything that catches our fancy. These are special memories that I keep with me, celebrating friendship, companionship and a quiet understanding between mother and daughter.

I long ago seized to look at walking as my form of exercise and view it more as my moment of transformative reflection.

20 minutes at least three times a week- that's all you are asked to commit.

3| Decluttering

This should actually be number 1 on this list. 

Ever since I got started on my decluttering journey, I have made it a point of constantly re-arranging, re-doing, changing, moving, re-purposing and recycling.  With every small step I have taken, I have experienced a level of clarity and awareness around my relationship with things.

Being a gatherer of stuff leads to an unnecessary sense of overwhelm that you can very well do without.

Being a gatherer of stuff points to an unhealthy attachment to material things that end up filling your space and your life.

Being a gatherer of stuff slows you down and makes you feel stuck and bound by the chain of ‘too-muchness’ floating around.

One of my friends shared the story of helping her ailing mother clear out her belongings. Her mother could not believe that she had been imprisoned all her life by the piles and mounds of all that stuff.  AHA! That’s what it is…being a gatherer of stuff makes you a prisoner.  

Refuse to be bound. Take charge of your stuff and streamline. Let go and release the stories of pain, struggle, drama, insecurity and sometimes fear that are reflected in your belongings.

In its place welcome lightness and freedom and space that is worth its weight in gold!

4| Artist's Dates

Creativity thrives in play. {tweet this}

Simply put, an artist’s date is a play date with yourself. It is a deliberate intention to be with yourself doing fun things- like playing with plasticine or going to a museum or buying flowers. It takes you back to a child-like state that enables you to experience the world through curious eyes.

The greatest challenge is that we find it so difficult to play, especially as adults.

The rules of this game are simple; make a point to do one thing every week that is fun.

There are no short cuts about it- you have to schedule it. And you have to enjoy it.

My own artist's dates have taken me to music festivals, window shopping, walking tours, pottery classes and plays. It's always a new adventure that leaves me inspired and motivated to create.

Play is good, remember that.

p.s: Frolicking in the grass with your legs up does count as well.

5| Exercise

You have to move your body.

I hate the gym. I used to find the machines heavy and intimidating but I found my sweet spot in yoga. It has given me a new found respect for my body and I make every effort to attend my weekly yoga classes at the Africa Yoga Project.

This story about Don that I wrote about way back in 2012 reminds me of the power of exercise. Don was then a 24 year old male who could easily pass for an 18 year old. What made him special was that he had sickle cell anaemia.  His story read like a medical miracle.  On a routine visit to the doctor, he was told he needed to do some form of exercise. Lucky for him, he had just been to Sarakasi and had learnt about yoga. He told this to his doctor who encouraged him to take it up.

Sickle cell anaemia, as a hereditary disease, prevents someone from doing what other ‘normal’ people do. Tasks that we take for granted, such as running, are a tad more difficult for him. When I ask him how yoga had helped him, he responded that he enjoyed it because it was a personal experience, it was his practice. His friends and family had noticed the change in his health and outlook. He gained endurance, and was able to do the whole two hour sequence comfortably. Thanks to yoga, he felt ‘normal’ again.

Find what exercise makes you happy and do it. I love to say that the truth is in your body.


Your Turn:

Let me know in the comments below: 

What does your everyday ritual look like?

Are there any tweaks you can add or remove from your daily routine?

{p.s.s: keep it here for part II. It's going to be rad, I promise}

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