After I came back from Tuscany last September, I started the daily ritual of making myself a café au lait in a large bowl every morning. When I was in Italy, I would go down early to the breakfast area each day for my coffee. Some of us started using cereal bowls to drink our café au lait. There was always warm milk in a container as well as coffee on the table.
Slowly sipping my coffee with two hands from a bowl was a lovely way to start each day as I looked out over the vineyards and olive groves onto the surrounding fields and hillsides. It made me feel so calm and peaceful and connected to the beauty all around me.
When I came back home, I maintained the daily ritual of my morning café au lait. I have other rituals of course, such as stretching, meditating and journaling first thing in the morning.
What are the daily rituals that anchor your days?
The mundane rituals as well as the ones that give you the feeling of being connected to something larger than yourself? Those daily actions that connect you to both yourself and to the Universal Energy or to the Divine?
Rituals are a set of actions regularly repeated in a precise manner. Rituals can help us connect with who we really are at our core and guide us in our search for meaning and identity.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start – or restart – any rituals that give you a sense of calm, security, peace, connection, love or joy.
I’d love to hear what your daily rituals are!