In order to make life lovely, I believe you need rituals. I’m not talking about rituals for yearly events like Christmas and birthdays. Think rituals for the everyday things we do.
Like eating, sleeping and bathing. Even paying the bills and cleaning the house can be made into a lovely reminder that you are alive.
We spend an awful lot of time every single day doing things that are ordinary, even - dare I say it - mundane. Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.
In order to create simple little rituals to make our lives beautiful, we need to begin with order and organisation. It’s so much easier to do something when everything you need is on hand or easily found. I will go into that in more depth another time. For now, I want to give you some ideas on how to make those boring tasks something special.
Do you eat breakfast on the run, while you are rushing out the door to face another frantic day?
Stop. Take a deep breath - and slow down.
Starting your morning with a gentle breakfast ritual will make you feel good for the whole day. We are all busy in the mornings, but try setting your breakfast table the evening before, with a pretty cloth, a flower in a jar, bowls and cutlery. All that remains in the morning is to rise maybe a half hour earlier and ease your way into the day calmly and quietly.
It can be done, if you want to do it badly enough. Your family will love you for it, not to mention how good you will feel on your way out the door.
Showering and Bathing
It’s relatively easy to create a ritual when you are having a bath. Unfortunately, we don’t get the luxury of having the time to do that very often.
Why not create the same relaxing atmosphere when you have a shower. Again, it’s simply a matter of having everything on hand to make shower time a retreat.
Scented candles can still be placed around the bathroom - try lots of them so you can turn the harsh lights off and shower completely by candlelight. I don’t know about you, but I have washed my hair so many times, I really don’t need a glaring light to do it!
Have your exfoliating scrub in the shower and your favourite moisturiser for when you get out. Soft, fluffy towels are a must and something that shouldn’t be reserved for guests or a stay in a hotel. Little luxuries, everyday, make for a life worth savouring.
More ideas for creating rituals to come soon…