Learn to use rituals to enhance your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
“The ritual of our daily lives permeate our very bodies.” – Banana Yoshimoto
What is the difference between a daily ritual and a daily routine?
Many people use these phrases interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same.
A routine is a series of actions that you take in a certain order. You might have an exercise routine or a skincare routine. These things are important but not necessarily integral for your mental, emotional, and spiritual clarity — though, they might be beneficial there, too.
A daily ritual is also something that you normally do in a set order, but the intention behind it is more mindful. This is why the term “ritual” is often associated with spiritual or religious ceremonies.
And there’s a reason faiths and philosophies adopted rituals, these repeated actions help put you in a mindset to connect with the Infinite. Call it God, Universe, your Higher Power, or your Source — when you’re looking for steps that will help you gain clarity and peace of mind, you’re really seeking ritual.
Today, we’re going to discuss what rituals are and why they’re important. You’ll learn how to create your own daily rituals that are tailored for your life.
I’ll also give you a few morning and evening rituals that you can implement in your life today. Rituals can help you gain clarity so that you can lean into your unique purpose.
If you’re looking for more tools to help you find and fulfill your purpose, feel free to download my free guided meditation, Developing the Mastery of Intention.
What Are Some Good Rituals?
There is no good or bad. A ritual can be something simple that you easily fit into your day for a profound impact. You can choose activities that are time-consuming and that have great preparations attached. Or it can take 5 minutes and little, if any, preparation.
I have come to believe that the true purpose for every single one of us is in discovering and then delivering on who we actually are. Many of us don’t know who we are without some real connection with our inner voice.
You can reach that place and learn to listen to your intuition through rituals that help you connect.
Here, I’m talking about personal rituals. Often, rituals are also connected with building a sense of community and belonging. Your rituals might be ones that help you connect with the ways that you can give back to the world or some aspect of the world that has special meaning for you. Your rituals might be connected with ways that you serve, or they might give you a way to focus on the things that are important to align you spiritually and mentally with your highest purpose.
You can create your own rituals or use rituals that others recommend (and I’ll give you a few in this post to start with). They can be detailed and time-consuming. Or, they can be quick and simple.
I encourage you to find the ones that fit your own life. Making your rituals personal for your goals and life will help you focus and stay committed to devoting the time and energy that they require.
It’s ideal that you go at your own pace. Five minutes of meditation every day can be as life-changing and powerful as longer stretches of carefully designed ritual.
Your Daily Morning Ritual
Your morning ritual can set the tone for your whole day. If you start the day with a morning ritual, you’re more able to bring your focus to your purpose and your mindset first.
There are a few reasons for this:
- To improve spirituality.
- To give you a sense of peace (decrease stress)
- To connect with your purpose
Your morning ritual can focus on any of the areas of your life that you’d like to improve, or it can focus on certain aspects that help put you in a positive mindset and higher vibration.
Many religions recommend morning prayers. One of the key reasons they advise prayers in the morning is because you’re devoting the whole day to God (or your Higher Power). When you do this, it helps keep you focused on the spiritual side of your nature on a daily basis.
My Morning Ritual
My morning ritual is not time-consuming, but it does help put me in the mindset of gratitude, which is so important because it’s harmonious with our soul’s purpose. You can feel free to adopt this ritual or use one that speaks to you.
I wake up in the morning and remind myself that this day has never happened before. It will never happen again in eternity. I’m being handed a day of life, and that is the greatest gift.
Nobody gets to think my thoughts today but me. No one gets to choose what I’m going to do today but me. So I start with the intention that my day serves my vision. That it brings me more alive, and that it brings more life to all those I impact.
I do this every morning to generate a radical state of gratitude before I put my feet on the floor.
You can adopt this morning ritual or find something that speaks to you in a more personal way. Maybe one of your key goals is healthy living. A morning ritual that includes Yoga might be more beneficial for you because it gives you a chance to meditate and center, while still working on your physical movement and wellness.
Make your morning ritual part of your own purpose and actions for growth.
Many of my students start their day with mentorship to help them keep their spiritual focus in mind. If you’d like to add mentorship to your morning ritual, I’d love to offer you My Morning Mentor. With this free video course, you’ll get short, daily lessons to deepen your spiritual study.
Your Daily Evening Ritual
Your evening ritual can be simple, or you can take some time with it. As you’ll see below, there is a specific reason that I believe the bedtime routine really starts your whole day.
I begin my spiritual habits when I go to bed. I know that’s different from many people, who think of daily habits as something you do in the morning.
Why do I start my spiritual routine before bed? What you tell yourself, how you feel, and what you’re holding in your mind as you drift off to sleep keeps working in your subconscious mind all night long. It’s the same reason that some people use audio recordings as they sleep, of rainforest sounds or even positive thinking meditations.
Your subconscious mind is still working with those thoughts. Even if you don’t consciously remember it. So, to me, the evening ritual before bed is the most important.
My Bedtime Ritual
In the absence of a vision, your life is highly likely to stay the same. So, in terms of my daily practice, I focus on holding a vision for the four areas of my life. If I continue to live in and align myself with that vision, I will have results in all of those areas.
As I lay down in bed, I ask myself: What are the results you would really love?
The results formula is that our thoughts influence our feelings, which influence our actions, which influence our results. If you desire different results, you must think new thoughts.
I have a vision for my health, my relationships, my vocation, and what I would do with time and money freedom. I hold that vision in my mind.
Every night I hold that vision and make it as clear as possible. I use all of my five senses to see and feel myself with that life that I would love. And I generate gratitude for this life that I am living. I fill up my whole body with gratitude for this vision that I’m holding.
I see myself living that life, having that impact, and making that difference.
To adopt this practice, you must start with the question:
What would I really love?
Whatever you would love, in each of the four quadrants of your life, I encourage you to hold that in your mind as you drift off to sleep. Not as something you want. But as something you are.
How Do I Make Daily Rituals?
Creating daily rituals that work for you can be fun and exciting. I talked a bit about the importance of a bedtime ritual, and I would encourage you to prioritize that one, if you only have time in your day for one.
However, we all have our own circumstances and conditions. If you’re a parent with young children, for instance, it might be very difficult to get that time for yourself at bedtime. You might have more time in the morning, or be more able to concentrate during their nap.
Young parents aren’t the only ones with time constraints. Perhaps you’re well into your career and have a hectic schedule in the mornings, volunteer duties outside of work, and a list of family and social obligations. Fitting in daily rituals may be challenging, but it is well worth the effort.
There’s also something called “Peak Time”. This is when your own internal clock sets your energy and focus at the highest point. This might be a good time for you to schedule your daily ritual.
I suggest that you start with something that you can commit to on a regular, daily basis. That will help you form a habit of your rituals, and you’ll be more likely to become consistent in this spiritual practice. If you start with something that’s very time-consuming, it might be difficult to keep up.
For example, if you started with a daily ritual that includes a 45-minute yoga session every morning, how long would it be until you missed one?
You can still, of course, reach for lofty goals. But keeping yourself in practice is more important than striving for something more difficult to fit into your schedule.
Making Meditation Part of Your Daily Ritual
Meditation is a part of my own daily ritual, and it can be a focal point for yours, as well. You might also include journaling, movement, and even deep breathing exercises.
Today we’ve discussed the difference between daily rituals and daily routines. You’ve learned how to tailor your rituals to help you live into your own unique purpose. I’ve also given you some examples of both morning rituals and bedtime rituals (and explained why bedtime rituals are so important!).
I invite you to take some time to consider how to add rituals into your life for a stronger connection to your higher purpose.
If you’d like more resources to help you tune into your inner voice and connect with your purpose, I’d love to offer you a free gift. My guided meditation, Developing the Mastery of Intention, will help you identify your discontent and longing and design your own intention that’s in perfect alignment with your one of a kind purpose.
Think Bravely and Act Boldly!