Intention and presence are the key ingredients in turning a daily routine into ritual. Within the intention of being present, your daily routines become moments of gratitude and pleasure. At Grow To Be, we believe in daily self-care ritual as a foundation for self-love. When we are able to thoughtfully connect and care for ourselves, we are tending to our soul. This type of attention creates a lasting beauty that radiates love from within.
BUILDING YOUR CAPACITY TO STAY IN THE MOMENT
In order to create a meaningful wellness ritual we must practice towards staying present. Building your capacity to stay in the moment takes time, just the same as building any other muscle. The mind’s nature is to be busy, so we must give it something to focus on. A great way to start is by focusing on your breath. Observe when your attention drifts into thought, then gently bring your awareness back to the breath. As you move through each moment feel the sensations within your body involved in breathing and being. You can also thread a positive mantra of gratitude into each experience. This type of awareness will turn a rushed morning of getting ready into an act of intimacy and connection with yourself.
KATIE’S MORNING RITUAL
A morning ritual should be intuitive to you. Do as little or as much as you feel called to and trust your intuition.
When I wake up in the morning I rub my palms together to build energy and create heat. I cup my eyes with my palms, take a couple deep breaths and thank the sun for blessing us with this day. I go into the bathroom, splash my face with water and dry brush my skin. After that I put about a tablespoon of Fresh Daily Swish Mouth Oil into my mouth. I swish for about five minutes while I shower, then I scrape my tongue with a tongue scraper. After my shower I spray my face with Balanced Rose Water Face Toner and apply about five drops of Timeless Youth Preserving Face Oil to my face. I massage my face in gentle upward motions. Then, I chug a full glass of room temperature water and prepare warm water with a squeeze of lemon to enjoy while I practice abhyanga (self-massage). To begin my self-massage, I move to a cozy spot in my room and anoint myself with body oil. I massage my body with the oil starting at my feet and hands and making my way to my core. I massage with long motions on my bones and circular motions on my joints and breasts. Always massage the belly in a clockwise circular motion. Finally, I allow myself about fifteen minutes to focus on my breath and meditate.