Our family is in a period of transition. We are leaving our home of three years and moving overseas. In the month we have in between leaving our current home and settling in our new home, we are visiting friends and family in three different states, staying in three different “temporary homes.” As a mother, I am aware of the importance of routines for children during transitions, yet even as an adult I find myself craving a daily routine – something to give structure to the chaos and a reminder to be present. Something to help me to celebrate each day, rather than losing them all in a whirlwind of activity.
In their book Gifts of the Spirit, Philip Zalensi and Paul Kaufman, talk about the importance given to the day and the passage of time in various religious traditions. In early traditional cultures, the sun was often worshiped as a god that brought light and took it away at the end of each day. Quotes such as “Carpe Diem” and “Live each day as if it were your last” are well known in popular culture. Yet all too often, we find ourselves rushing through our days and wondering where they’ve gone or wishing them away until some future time. One way to prevent this is through Daily Consciousness Rituals. Daily Consciousness Rituals can help to give structure to your days and allow you to give priority and awareness to what matters most in your life.
In our often busy, over-scheduled lives, it can be hard to incorporate, or even fathom incorporating another “task” in our schedules. However, many consciousness rituals take 5 minutes or less, but can add so much more than they take away in terms of your perspective and feelings of peace and control over your day.
Following are some Daily Consciousness Ritual suggestions for various times throughout the day, although many routines can be done at any time that works best for you. Additionally, many daily consciousness routines can be done with children.
- Daily Intentions (or Setting a Daily Intention)
A Morning Stretch or Yoga Routine
- Savor a Cup of Tea
- Write in a Journal or Write Morning Pages
- Morning Meditation
- Mid-Day Check-In
- Savoring Tea and a Healthy Snack
- Walking or Stretching
- A Gratitude Journal Entry
- Journal Reflection of Your Day
- Three Good Things Exercise
- Conscious Preparation for the Next Day
- Evening Self-Care Rituals
- Un-Plugging 30 Minutes Before Bedtime
- Family Connection Rituals
Thanks for reading!
What about you? Do you have any daily consciousness rituals that help you maintain consciousness throughout your day?