Guest written by Mara Branscombe for Head + Heart
I’ve come to believe in the power of divine timing: that there are no mistakes in life and that we all have an innate ability to self heal and self guide. In my life, this has happened via the use of intentional daily self care Rituals.
Rituals are like mirrors that we can gaze into to reflect back to us our life’s journey.
Throughout history, the power of Ritual has been at the heart of both ancient and modern civilizations. From vision quests to high holidays, to tea ceremonies, sweat lodges, to birth and death rituals, humanity has experienced the deepening of self, community, and spiritual awakening through the power of Ritual.
A Ritual is anything that is done with intention. It can be done alone or in a group, it can be formulaic or intuitive.
“Ritualism has become central to my life, and I have come to recognize its power for personal transformation.”
Some of the rituals I’ve immersed myself in include studying yoga in India for nearly one year, sitting in several silent Meditation retreats, becoming a Reiki Practitioner, being initiated into Pagan and Earth based Rituals under “Sisters of the Shields”, studying the Medicine Wheel and being initiated as a Mesa carrier in the Incan Shamanic lineage. I’ve also studied African, Indian, and Contemporary Dance along with Authentic Movement, planted trees for 6 years, trekked through the Himalayas, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean; all of these experiences have been equally powerful as healing, artistic and spiritual mediums.
No matter where you are, what your own journey has been, or how your life looks right now, ritual is available to you, and can be harnessed as a powerful tool for healing and transformation.
Let’s take a moment right now to enter into ritual.
Close your eyes, take a breath, and go back in time to remember all of the most influential teachers in your life.
Ask yourself the following questions:
*What gifts did I receive by being in their presence?
*What did these great teachers bring out in me?
*How would I like to share my gifts with the world now?
This recalling of your wisdom teachers is a portal to coming back to your natural state of balance where you can recalibrate, remember, and re-vision what you want in your life at this time.
This practice can help us see more clearly where toxic energies or old patterns may be ruling our lives or where old narratives have taken on a harmful life of their own. This recalling exercise is a Ritual in itself, as it calls forth your wisdom teachers, past, present and future, and opens your energy field to receive the teachings once again that will support you to awaken to your full potential.
I believe that small daily Rituals are a remedy to feeling “disconnected” in our “connected” world. When we awaken the impulse to become our own guide, we can connect to our full potential, to our most essential self, to our intuitive power, and we can strengthen our inner bodies and minds so that we can self direct the life we choose.
The next time you find yourself in a place of doubt, fear, stress or imbalance, ask yourself “Am I feeding this situation?” This is a golden moment to shift your awareness back to gratitude, breath, to nature’s gifts, to trusting in divine timing. Slowly, you begin the process of shifting your default drive from feeding toxic energy in your life into fueling your life with truth, positivity, and compassion.
Engaging in Ritual, whether solo or shared, offers us a way to relate intimately with the primordial force of life, and allows us to embrace the sacred power that informs and fuels all existence. Ritual is our lifeline to the divine.
10 Daily Self Care Rituals to Support Your Full Potential
1. Upon waking, call forth 3 or more gratitudes.
2. Light a candle and welcome in your intentions for the day.
3. Consciously connect to your breath everyday.
4. Practice intentional acts of kindness and compassion.
5. Become aware of your negative thought patterns and in the moment begin to re-direct them. Journal these limiting thought patterns and heighten your awareness as you replace them with positive ones.
6. Forgive yourself, so you can be forgiving of others.
7. Connect with Nature as a healing and inspiring source to reset your nervous system.
8. Light a candle at dinnertime, place your hands over your meal, and be grateful for your inner nourishment.
9. “What You Feed Grows” – open to this mantra from every angle of your life and spark creativity in your day.
10. Rub Lavender Oil on the soles of your feet before bed and release feelings/thoughts that no longer serve your highest self.
Learn more about Mara on her website or follow her on Instagram for daily inspiration. Inspired to harness the power of ritual for your own growth and transformation? We recommend Mara’s Art of Ritual program, which launches soon!