Why not start the year with greater Self-Care with some Daily Love-Me Rituals? As a teacher, writer, musician, wife and mother I fit a lot into my day. The thing is, I love everything I do, so I have found a way to have the energy for all the things I love and maintain a healthy balance: ‘My daily love-me rituals’. This does not mean life won’t hit us with some big challenges – it will and believe me my loved ones and I have had our share of those. A daily dose of Selfing, as we call it, is not selfish but helps maintain daily balance. A little dose of daily self-love and care will go a Long way. So maybe this is something you need to add to your day…
People often ask how I maintain my energy levels? The answer is simple really: I have my daily dose of LOVE-ME RITUALS and I don’t mind what happens anymore. YEP, I have become a life surfer ! Mindfulness has taught me that if we can surf the big waves when they hit, enjoy the little ones, and relax when in still waters, then life becomes an amazing ride.
By letting go of cravings for what we think we need and bravely admitting to and dropping aversion to the things we try to avoid we can pretty much accept what comes along and deal with life in a healthy way. So I am going to share my secret daily love rituals with you.
My Daily LOVE-ME RITUALS are:
- Morning Meditation Practice
- Morning Yoga Practice
- Morning Chai
- Spend time in Nature
- Gratitude with Mindfulness
- Moon walk before bed
1. Morning Meditation Practice
This is so important and depending where I am in the world and my daily commitments my sit is shorter or longer. I vary my meditation throughout the year so that I practice periods of Vipassana, Kriya Yoga and Mindfulness together with Mantra singing. All my periods of meditation end with 5-10 mins of silence. Sometimes on really busy schedules, I will practice on a flight or do a yoga nidra on a break.
2. Morning Yoga Practice
My body loves to stretch and move. After living in an Ashram for 8 years this is a deeply engrained love ritual. When I have time I really enjoy a long yoga session, but when I am traveling 10-15 mins will still give me a great stretch and relax. My practice usually includes Surya Namaskara or salutations to the Sun.
3. Morning Chai
Might I add here, usually with my darling husband, Terry Oldfield. We love to sit in nature (ideally) and sip a warm cup of freshly brewed organic chai tea. I make my own and have perfected the recipe with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and star anise. This is a yummy time when Terry and I come together and share some philosophy gleaned from our separate morning rituals, or sometimes we sit sipping in silence listening to the birds.
4. Spend time in Nature
Nature nourishes the soul. When I have time, I walk in the deep forest, go to the beach or work in my garden or if I am in a city, I visit a beautiful park or have freshly cut flowers on stage if we are performing. I might lie on the deck at night and look at the stars with Terry after a long day. Tuning into nature every day keeps me grounded, nourished and real. The view from my home workspace is pure nature by the way.
5. Gratitude with Mindfulness
Every day I maintain a state of open mindful presence, as best I can. When I feel any sense of resistance in my body or mind, I take notice. There is always something to learn about what is happening here, in this body/mind/spirit. I also take every opportunity I can to acknowledge Gratitude for the little blessings that come my way, especially on the most challenging days. I often begin my day with a gratitude prayer while lying in bed – feeling grateful for another day to dance in this wonderful playground of life.
6. Moonwalk before Bed
This may seem a little weird but it is something I love love love. When we are traveling it is not always possible but at home Terry and I hold hands and wander down the Country Road, often with our little dog Ralph, or one of our children and look up at the moon and stars. It reminds us of how tiny we are in this magnificent mystery called life, and what a wide and wonderful universe it is. It is a rather magical way to end the day.
What daily LOVE-ME RITUALS keep you in balance?