You want to include rituals in your life, like the ones your favorite authors/bloggers/gurus have. You read about them waking up before sunrise to meditate at their altar of crystals and candles or how they set up the most beautiful full moon ritual complete with singing bowls and dancing naked.
It all sounds so dreamy and you really, really want to infuse your own life with those practices, but...but...life happens.
I've had "do a moon ritual" on my list for ages. Inevitably, something comes up or, you know, I just get lazy and don't do it.
Does this happen to you too?
Magic and rituals don't have to be grand events. There are simple, under-five-minutes kind of rituals we can put into practice and satisfy our need for daily mysticism.
So here you go - five itty bitty rituals you can start and end your day with.
Be the Lighthouse
This is a visualization you can do before you get your day started and/or before you go to bed.
I learned this from Danger Dame's Veronica Varlow and it's such a simple, but powerful way to attract the people and things you want into your life.
Close your eyes and see yourself as a lighthouse in the middle of the ocean. See your light beaming out in all directions, attracting boats full of the right people or things or ideas - the ones you really want in your life. There can be glass-bottom boats filled with creative ideas or intricately carved wooden boats with people who adore your work or neon pink leopard striped boats with your dream house on it.
Whatever it is you want to attract, put it on a boat and let it sail towards you. As Anne Lamott says,
Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
stir some magic
Here's something you can do if you start your day with a cup of coffee, tea, cappuccino, or what have you. When you go to stir the cup, imagine yourself stirring magic into the drink. Stir in positive vibes, dreams, an affirmation, or an intention for the day. Smile while you stir. It makes all the difference.
Unlock your dreams
Doors and keys are portals to your dream world. All you have to do is imagine it.
Throughout the day, whenever you use a key to unlock a door or whenever you open a door, imagine that you're unlocking and opening up opportunities that will get you closer to your dreams. And when you step through the door, imagine that you're stepping into your dreams.
Say thank you
End the day by saying thank you to the universe for all of the blessings that have come your way and that are on their way. If you have more time and want to take the ritual further, light a candle, say a prayer, then list seven things that make you happy. You can write them down or list them in your head. Then, right before you blow out the candle say, "May I be blessed so that I can bless others."
Love, Love, Love
One of the most important things we can do in a day's time is to give love. Call your parents just to say I love you or stick a love note that says You're over-the-moon awesome between the pages of a library book. Even something as simple as a smile and a "hello" to a passing stranger can boost positive vibes for everyone.
And don't forget to show yourself some love!
Do you have any small rituals you do each day or night?
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