daily rituals for 2021

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Meditate and pray. Each day, I make time to sit quietly, at least for a few minutes.
  8. 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.
  9. Journal. I like to enjoy my warm beverage while I journal about my feelings, dreams, or whatever comes up.
  10. Brush teeth thoroughly. I like Trader Joe’s toothpaste and enjoy the feeling of the spinning bristles on my teeth and gums.
  11. Hot/cold shower. I invigorate my body with a shower that’s very hot and very cold.
  12. 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.
  13. Practice yoga. Before I read new material, I use asana practice to prepare my body for stillness and concentration.
  14. Read new books. I take time each day to read books I haven’t read before.
  15. Avoid phone. My smartphone won’t be the first thing I touch in the morning.
  16. Drink kombucha. My gut thanks me, profoundly.
  17. Nightly restorative yoga. My dreams and sleep thank me, profoundly.
  18. 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.
  19. Let go. Only objects that serve me may remain, the rest will be thanked and sent along.

What are you doing differently in 2021?

love always,

amanda

One thought on “daily rituals for 2021

  1. I love all of these rituals! I for sure want to spend more time reading everyday, than on my phone. I also want to practice more yoga – I used to practice a lot more and it made my mind and body feel so good. I just need to make it a habit again. Thanks for sharing these little practices!

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