I will give this year a chance to be a great one by indulging in the parts of life I enjoy most. I’m finding happiness amidst this chaos. Here are the new rituals I’m incorporating into my daily life to get this decade off to a positive start.
- Use the sun to help wake up. I set an alarm for about half an hour before I need to get up, slide out of bed and open my curtain, and let the light gradually ease me from sleep.
- Start with a stretch. I like to stretch in my bed as I wake up. A great one to begin the day with is tedaka mudra, or pencil stretch. I intertwine my thumbs and stretch my arms and legs long, then relax into the covers.
- Do a quick body scan. I notice my feet, toes, ankles, shins, calves, knees, thighs, butt, pelvis, hips, belly, breasts, arm pits, back, arms, elbows, wrists, neck, face, head.
- Pet a friend. If you have a human in your house, you can pet them with their consent. But I don’t, so I start my morning by giving love to my kitties and pup. Ahhhh, oxytocin.
- Do something productive. Make the first thing you do when you get out of bed something that makes you feel productive and capable. I make my bed and clean the litter box.
- Open to the day. I draw back the curtains to fill the house with light, light a candle or some incense, and perhaps play some music that makes me enjoy life just a little bit more.
- Meditate and pray. Each day, I make time to sit quietly, at least for a few minutes.
- Prepare a warm beverage. My favorite morning beverages are black coffee, peppermint tea, and hot lemon water. Whatever I drink, I try to make preparation an enjoyable ritual instead of an annoying task.
- Journal. I like to enjoy my warm beverage while I journal about my feelings, dreams, or whatever comes up.
- Brush teeth thoroughly. I like Trader Joe’s toothpaste and enjoy the feeling of the spinning bristles on my teeth and gums.
- Hot/cold shower. I invigorate my body with a shower that’s very hot and very cold.
- Read from core. This year, I’m developing a group of books that form the core of my personal ideology and taking the time to study them more deeply.
- Practice yoga. Before I read new material, I use asana practice to prepare my body for stillness and concentration.
- Read new books. I take time each day to read books I haven’t read before.
- Avoid phone. My smartphone won’t be the first thing I touch in the morning.
- Drink kombucha. My gut thanks me, profoundly.
- Nightly restorative yoga. My dreams and sleep thank me, profoundly.
- Make the room a little more wonderful. I look around whatever room I’m in and try to think of a quick way to improve it. Little changes add up.
- Let go. Only objects that serve me may remain, the rest will be thanked and sent along.
What are you doing differently in 2021?