Most often when we hear the word ritual we think of an elaborate ceremony carried about by witches or priests and ritual is that but more simply it is the act of repeating an action over and over again. Ritual can be defined as an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner. Why is ritual important and why are we talking about it in relationship to your daily practice?
It is important to create a ritual, to carry out a set of repeated steps on a daily basis, in order to develop a strong, safe spiritual practice. Our spiritual program may be a simple practice of self-care, it may include yoga and meditation, or it made include devotional relationship with a diety. Whatever the case maybe our ritual, our daily practice, is our foundation for maintaining a healthy spiritual practice.
Our daily practice should be our spiritual or energetic martial art. It is the same concept. In martial arts we are taught to repeat a form or movement over and over again until it becomes so ingrained that it is second nature. Our daily practice should be the same. We create a ritual out of our practice of self-care, out of our spiritual practice, out of our devotion to our gods. Create a pattern of carrying out the same actions over and over again until they become second nature. The more we do this, the stronger our practice will become. Our spiritual practice will become second nature and therefore it will be easier to access in times of need. The ritual of daily practice can be tedious. It may seem overwhelming and exhausting at first but it will become easier overtime.
As we train out spiritual muscles we also become aligned with our own intuition. We begin to understand our own unique patterns and gifts. The more time we spend in our ritual, the more we come to know the essence of who we are and the more open we become to the wisdom of the universe. When we carry out a daily ritual we teach our bodies to know that we are making time to care for them. Our ritual will also train our bodies to rest, to be calm, to reset in times of need. Ritual becomes our safe place. It is the place we come back to when our life has become imbalanced, when we have experienced pain or grief, when daily living has become hectic, when we have gotten lost in the search for more. Return to the ritual. Return to the safety of daily practice.
The ritual of daily practice is an essential component of my personal spiritual program and my program of self-care. In the next blog, I will share examples of what my ritual looks like.