Now there is a word that scares some people! For some reason it conjures up images of witches gathered round a cauldron throwing in eyeballs, spider webs, and herbs all the while stirring faster and faster. Or it conjures an image of people naked in fields doing things no one understands. Yet we all have rituals we do every day and just don't realize it.
Have you ever noticed that you probably get dressed the same way each day, one leg will always go into your pant leg first. It could be how you brush your teeth, or your hair. It might be in how you plate your food and eat it. Wine drinking usually has a ritual, even if it is only pick a bottle, open in, pour into a glass and sip or swig!
Rituals are the way we do things and they become a ritual because we do them over and over. They become ingrained in our being and should not be frowned upon. Rituals are just one more unique way we are who we are. They allow us to do so many things without even thinking about them, they are just a part of us. Rituals are important in that they allow us to get to where we need to be.
This past week I was having trouble sleeping. I was tired, but drifting off just would not come. Part of the reason is my bedding, which is about to be changed! I did put a nice soft cotton blanket at my feet because that was the part being bothered, and that eased it somewhat, but did not "fix" the situation. On Tuesday I came across a "sweet dreams" chant. Hmmm, I am going to try this I thought, and from that, I decided that a little Lavender essential oil on the bottoms of my feet wouldn't hurt either. So a ritual was formed. Soft cotton blanket for feet, rub lavender and another essential oil blend on soles of feet, get comfy, then say the "sweet dreams" blessing.
Worked like a charm, three nights in a row... drifting off gently and sweet dreams included!
Before you pooh-hoo something because it sounds different than what you are used to ... give it a try... you might just surprise yourself and start including it along with the other rituals you do by rote!
Always thinking, always observing, always wondering and pondering the things that make life go round.