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Just trying to balance work, exercise, my faith and friends and family. I am not looking for a new ritual, just maintain what is important to me at this time. My daughter needs me right now as she is in a new program for her sobriety. My plate right now is full.
Nothing comes to mind. Should it?
I have been wanting to read the Bible for some time now. I have tried a few times but did not get too far. I do read “spiritual passages” here & there, but as of yet I have not committed to reading the Bible. Will I start today? Probably not. I am trying to keep up with my current practices & making time for spring cleaning!!!
Maybe a smaller goal would help, a book of the Bible or a few verses. You could ask people for their favorite verses and read them in context. It is so much easier to give someone else an idea than it is to come up with a solution for yourself.
One of my favorites is:
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” King James Version (KJV)
Dear Rabbit, thank you for your suggestion & sharing 1 of your favorites. The verse you wrote resonated with me. Have a beautiful day. Healthy wishes for your healing. Bless You.
We had a similar question not that long ago and I remember a discussion about the difference between rituals, practices, and habits or routines. I don’t know that I’m in search of something as formalized as a ritual. Seeking to add something to my days and weeks just to have a ritual feels like “shoulding” on myself. Since the question asks about a ritual I’ve been “longing” to bring into my life and I don’t have any of those, that’s fine.
Like many here, I will edit what is existing!
I could be more gentle on myself. I sometimes am too tough on myself and over think small things like things I have said in the past or actions I took. Instead of penalizing myself for this, I can be more gentle on myself and forgive myself.
Religious ritualistic ceremonies are to mark life milestones.. Spiritual life is a solo flight. Gain independence from the relationships and expectations that no longer serve me, us, we “two..” Pay close attention to my own wants and needs. Create, cultivate, and construct tools and practices for the life that I want to live. Take what I’ve learned and manifest something new…
My partner Laura and I have been together for 20 years and will soon be going through dialysis. I feel the biggest problems require the simplest solutions and learn how to live with it through acceptance tolerance the overall problem of birth and death, old age and disease. It’s the final rite of passage..
Well stated Luv-1-Nutter.
I thought this morning that I need to incorporate some daily exercise into my day. I am “busy” all day – working around my home. But…I don’t take time or do I ever want to exercise. However; I think it is necessary and today is as good a day as ever to start!! I also want to start journaling and writing my thoughts…So much goes through my mind- so much I want to write and I just let the opportunities pass…Life is passing very quickly- so today will be different. Thank you so much for this question and for the opportunity to “wake up” and do something.
As I contemplated this question, I
started thinking of excuses for why
it’s difficult to commit to a regular
ritual. This isn’t really a new ritual,
but I would like to make meditation
a more consistent part of my routine.
Thanks you for this question. I will
attempt to make time for this. 🙏
A daily 10-minute meditation has become one of my practices and seems to really help my mental state. To ask the monkey in my mind to set in my lap for a few each morning.
I was thinking of meditation too, Charlie. I practice mindfulness in various ways throughout the day–at least some days I do!–but formal sitting meditation isn’t part of my routine right now.
A new ritual that I need to bring into my life is finding an enjoyable replacement for my morning and mid-afternoon coffee. Sadly I have discovered that coffee and chocolate aggrevate my gastric reflux. Not keen on herbal teas. Going to try hot blackcurrant squash this afternoon but maybe too sweet for me. I will have to experiment. Apart from that I want to try to do more short, restful, breathing meditations through the day.
Not so much new, but reinvigorate ones that I have let slide.
I do not have a longing to begin any new rituals in my life that I am aware of. I am irrigating my hay fields for the first time this irrigation season and to me that is a ritual of many others before me. I read once that irrigation by ditches from surface streams began in Mesopotamia. I read somewhere else a province in China. Regardless of that discrepancy it is a very old and basic ritual of man.
Nothing comes to mind.
Learning to play chess and actively “competing” with other family members. I actually started last night by making the time during my busy evening…..win-win!
These days I am occupied enough just trying to keep up with my existing rituals, practices, and activities. I am currently not in the market for more right now!
Same for me.
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