In preparation for hosting the Self Care Mastery Jumpstart, I created an Inner Child Ritual and practiced it regularly for 42 days. I decided to drop any idea of how I should do this Inner Child Activation. It called to my being as a prerequisite to lead this adventure of conscious co-creators.
So I did what I always do before I launch one of these consciousness events. I relaxed and trusted the force that lives within me to guide me. I came up with a ritual that served me for the duration of my activation and I practiced it regularly.
I'll share the two essential elements for creating your own unique self care ritual below. And I urge you to create your own ritual for this adventure. But first let's explore the power of rituals …
It’s a simple act, but doing it the same way each [day] habitualizes it – makes it repeatable, easy to do. It reduces the chance that I [will] skip it or do it differently . . . when you [follow daily rituals], they impel you to get started. Whether it’s the act of carrying a hot coffee mug to an outdoor porch, or the rock’n’roll that gets a painter revved up to splash color on a canvas, or the stillness of an herb garden that puts a chef in a culinary trance, moving inside each of these routines gives you no choice but to do something. It’s Pavlovian: follow the routine, get a creative payoff.
~ Twyla Tharp
Why perform rituals? Because they work.
Francesca Gino and Michael I. Norton, behavioral scientists and professors at Harvard Business School, wrote an article for Scientific American, Why Rituals Work. They conclude that, “Performing rituals with the intention of producing a certain result appears to be sufficient for that result to come true.” In other words, rituals work.
Here are 5 Reasons You Should Include Ritual on Your Self Care Jumpstart:
1. Rituals invoke intentional, sacred space. Whether it's reciting the rosary or diving into your morning pages, rituals invite you to explore your higher nature, your sacred substance.
2. Rituals connect you to your power source. Whether you believe in God, the Universe or some other highly organized intelligence, rituals connect you to the ephemeral world of energy and nonphysical reality.
3. Rituals create certainty in uncertain times. They create a framework within which to experience the ever changing world in a balanced way. Rituals bring order to the chaos of the unknown.
4. Rituals clarify what's meaningful. They help us define what matters most and brings our energy and attention to it so that it can have a more active role in our lives.
5. Rituals activate your power to make your dream come true. The more you energize what you envision the more you are likely to take action on bringing your vision to life. It's a self fulfilling prophecy.
Ready to create your own self care ritual? Here are 3 elements to include, and I also share how they looked for me in the Inner Child Activation I referred to above:
A ritual becomes the match that lights the kindred celebration candle of sacred moments long ago… tantalizing these entombed spirits to surface again.
~ Wes Adamson
I gleaned many insights from the 42 days of practice and I feel both feet solidly in both worlds now – the inner and the outer. I'm ready for the self care adventure. How about you?
PS Are you ready to create your own self care ritual? Make sure to share it below, or you can join us on the Evolutionary Adventurers Facebook Group!
The 30-Day Self Care Mastery Jumpstart weekday activations begin Jan 4. Let's lay the groundwork to percolate and power up what's possible.
Whenever you plan for a trip, what you pack has a lot to do with where you're going. It's no different for a Self Care Adventure.
One thing I never leave out on my self care adventure is an ongoing awareness practice. All the tips, tools and practices that boost your self care will never be applied if you don't deeply attune to the essence of self care. And that, my lovelies, is something that can not be taught. It can only be experienced.
There are many, many, many awareness practices. . .
Mindfulness, Buddhist Meditation, Emotional Intelligence, The Wheel of Awareness, Sky of Awareness Practice, Gestalt Awareness Practice, UCLA's Mindful Awareness, Transcendental Meditation, The Self Realization Fellowship, Awareness of Thinking, Integral Awareness Practice, Kundalini Awareness Meditation, Situational Awareness, Body Awareness Practice, The Enneagram and Somatic Awareness Practice and oh so many more.
Clearly, awareness is something that many of us are seeking – to the tune of 248,000,000 results for a Google search on ‘awareness practice.' My awareness practice wasn't even mentioned on the first 5 pages of results, but it is one of the most powerful tools for self awareness.
My favorite awareness practice is writing.
I'm not downplaying the power of meditation and mindfulness. I practice those too, but for most people, it takes time to get results. Writing is an awareness tool that can deliver quick results, in even one writing session. Here are two of my favorite ways to utilize writing as an awareness practice:
You'll get to experience all 3 of these writing awareness practices during the Self Care Mastery Jumpstart. Be on the lookout for the event schedule and jot down the dates to experience the power of writing as an awareness practice.
In the meantime, here's an article that I wrote on 4 Ways That the Power of Handwriting in Your Journal Impacts Your Brain. I hope you take the dive and try out a writing practice during our time together. Why don't you try out
So, next thing to do is get yourself a journal for the Self Care Mastery Jumpstart. We'll be doing lots of writing and you'll have one place to capture it all. Happy writing!
The 30-Day Self Care Mastery Jumpstart weekday ‘energy shifts' begin Jan 4. Let's lay the groundwork to percolate and power up what's possible.