Rituals are grounding. They give us a space to pause and reflect; a place to put our happy and sad emotions and every one in between.
I start my mornings with a very simple ritual:
Reading a chapter in whatever book I'm devouring while sipping 1 cup of coffee out of my favorite mug.*
That's it. Nothing crazy, no chants, nothing mystical, no big time commitment. Just a pause before the day begins to ground myself in something that brings me great pleasure. Something I can hold onto all day. Even if everything else turns to hell, This. Was. Good.
Stacked day after day, that's a lot of good to hang on to. Because I think we often run right past the good. Good doesn't always make you stop and say "thank you" like bad makes you stop and say "why me".
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*2019 - The above pictured mug is no longer my favorite. One for Cafe Du Monde holds the honor now. Don’t be afraid to grow, change and discover new favorites. 😽