Daily Rituals Bring Comfort

Daily Rituals Bring Comfort

  Over the years I have developed certain unconscious “rituals” to begin my day. It wasn’t until I read Janet and Chris Attwood’s recent book, “Your Hidden Riches”, that I discovered these daily routines, which brought comfort and peace of mind to my mornings. Have you ever stayed as a guest in someone’s home or when traveling on the road in hotels and found you were feeling a bit out of place or unsettled? I certainly have. I’ve come to realize how my daily rituals are missing…even something as seemingly insignificant as standing up from the bed and opening the curtains to greet the day whispering “hello” to the sun rising. Yes, this has become part of my morning ritual. To begin my day ~  give you levitra dosage an idea of what I’m talking about here’s an insight into my awakening each buy cialis dayMy eyes open and before I ingredients rise from bed I visual for a moment how magnificent my day will unfold (even if the levitra dosage day scares the crap out of me due to something I have undoubtedly procrastinated about, causing undue stress for myself) I stand up and spread open my curtains – saying “good morning” to the sun rising over the majestic desert mountains behind my apartment complex. I throw on my pink Victoria Secret sweats, make my bed, gather all the things I took to bed the night before – water, journal, Kindle – and make my 15 second commute to my kitchen and French Press. Between Point A (bedroom) and Point B (kitchen) I stop and light the candle sitting on my altar…speaking a quiet blessing to everyone in my life…near and far… OM Namah Shivaya. Moving on I make either a French Press dark roasted coffee whipped up into a yummy latte using coconut creamer and coconut oil or steeping an equally delicious loose leaf tea. When I’m being a really good girl I begin with the juice of a whole lemon in hot water. When traveling on the road by car I take a little bag whose sole purpose is to carry these important beverage items – including one of my fave coffee cups. Yes, I guess you could say I’m a bit eccentric but these little daily moments are soothing to my soul. Once my natural coffee or tea is ready I cozy into the loveseat overlooking the hummingbird feeder on the balcony. With books and a journal within arms reach…I begin my day with a smile and a full heart.     Does any of this sound familiar or remind you of daily rituals you may have developed in your life? What do they bring to your day? When my head is spinning or I’m overwhelmed…it is these simple gestures sprinkled throughout my day, which helps me regain my equilibrium, reset and move forward once again. In-Joy!...

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Dreams ~ Illusion vs Reality

Dreams ~ Illusion vs Reality

Dreaming has always been an integral piece to my personal development and processing of what life brings to my journey. The last few days have brought a flood of hidden emotions to the surface of my psyche. After an intense trip to NYC for family business I returned home to collapse from mental, emotional and physical exhaustion… cocooning into the safety of my “nest”. A week later I awoke to the most intense dream…full of details, colors, verbal and non-verbal communication, laughter and physical senses. The dream continued to run through my mind for hours after being fully alert ~ Dream: I was with a very special friend who was driving my car down a city street (yet the street was 20-30′ below the surface as if in a narrow canyon). As we rode along, we talked, laughed, shared our lives. The chatter was light and energetic and fun. Out of the blue he shared with me how his friend’s ex wife had just been released from prison… and then we were back to more lively conversation. The next minute… the car slowed and bumped gently into a huge dump truck that came out of nowhere. It was just parked in the middle of the road. My friend exited our car to check for damage to my bumper but there wasn’t a scratch… It only blocked our moving forward. There was an increased energy between us… and a deep knowing of how we felt… but we were halted in the middle of the road regardless. Then I awoke! Weeks later the dream is still as vibrant to me as it was that morning, yet as my life has unfolded I understand how pieces of the dream correlate to what is happening in my life: the relationship between two people (or even two sides of the same person) hidden below the surface of consciousness; the flow of energy blocked by a stalled out yet movable object; the intense chemistry between two people – seemingly out of control yet unable to move forward; and the ever so popular cliche “a bump in the road”! lol During this morning’s meditation practice…my mind went back to this dream. I was drawn into the concept of two people meeting and “falling out of control”. Is this what it is like when people describe “falling in love” when their knees go weak at the mere thought of the other person? Do their normally rational thoughts have no control in this situation? And how do they react to such feelings? Do they allow the fear of this “unknown” factor in the equation of life to “block” their exploring the capabilities of finding true love? Or do they embrace something so out of the ordinary as this once in a lifetime feeling – following the thread to see where it may lead them? I used to be a very type A personality. I held the “reins” of life tightly…never relinquishing control…but then the reins were ripped from my grip by circumstances “beyond” my control. At first it was devastating. Then I began to understand the journey I was to begin traveling. My self discovery involved learning to ride the currents of the unknown; releasing judgment, attachment and expectations. It has been an adventurous 17 years to date but one roller coaster ride worth every minute as I look back and see how far I have come. That fateful August day in 1993 was the best thing to ever happen to me. Every single person who has entered my life ~ whether for a moment, a day, a...

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