Most people hear the word “ritual” and automatically assume that a ritual HAS to be associated with a religious experience. Even though this often is true, it is not always true.
Buried in the definition of the word ritual is, “an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner.” We have rituals that we do every day. Rituals bring us comfort and set a mood because we do them routinely.
We may have a night time ritual of getting ready for bed. We may turn on our lamp, pull the covers down, or make a cup of tea. A morning ritual could include lighting a candle and beginning the day with journaling. We may just sit quietly in the afternoon maybe sketching or reading.
Each one of these things has something in common. We are completing a series of acts in a certain manner. Some would call these habits or routines. But I think “ritual” is when we are also creating a mood or atmosphere.
I don’t think the name or title is important, but creating these little moments throughout your day is what brings us comfort and calmness. Think about what you want to include in each day, and then create little rituals to make these moments happen!
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Do you have a pile of books that you keep meaning to read, that this year you will read them, or that you are determined to read. That pile continues to grow as friends recommend a new bestseller or Amazon sends you a price you can’t refuse! Not only do I have a physical pile of books, but my digital library is growing as well.
I finally pick a book and start to read. Months later, my bookmark hasn’t moved.
As a student in college, we would finish an entire textbook in just 18 weeks or less, and those books are big with fine print. I spent hours reading and taking notes, but I finished that book! So how can I apply that same determination to other books of my choosing.
First, I decide when I want to finish the book. A month, six weeks, or a year? Take the number of pages in the book and divide by the number of days you have to finish that book. Easy! Ten to twenty pages per day is actually doable. More than that is a little difficult for me, but you may want to schedule more time to read. (If the number is too high, for example, 100 pages per day, you may need to give yourself more time.)
Next, you will need to decide when will you take time to read. For me, first thing in the morning works best with a cup of tea. I tried before going to bed, but I found myself falling asleep and the book on the floor. Do what works for you. It may also be nice to break up your day by reading at lunchtime.
Finally, read. Enjoy this quiet time.
One last note, give yourself permission to stop reading a boring book! I had held on to this book for about 7 years and when I started to read it, found it to be no longer relevant so I moved on to the next book on my list.
Before long, your library of piled up books will diminish and you will have grown or been entertained! Yay for you!! So pick your first book and begin! And then finish it!!
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The bestselling book by Brian Tracy called, Eat That Frog, coined this term. It means to do your least favorite thing first, then the rest of your day will be easy and you will accomplish more as a result. And it works!
When we have a long list of to do’s, there is usually one or two items on that list that we really don’t want to do or we don’t know how to do. It is easy to recognize these ”frog like” tasks because they keep showing up on our to do list. Day after day, there it is. We think if we ignore it, it may go away. Sometimes this works, but more often we become less productive because this one task is holding us back.
So start each day eating your frog for breakfast. Let your one goal for the day be to get this task DONE for good!
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