I am feeling called to burrow deep within myself for a while.
Retreat, generate and renew.
When I do this I like to do daily rituals. The ancients knew that rituals guided us beyond the limits of our brains. They knew that rituals had the power to take what was on the inside and manifest it on the outside.
Rituals do something else besides guide us and help manifest our intentions. They can help us experience focused passion. Passion is what gets us out of bed and makes our day productive and keeps us weird – in a good way.
A 2005 study found that pursuing our passion is essential to happiness. When we put our attention on what we care about, we become conscious creators of our lives.
According to the Passion Test, we can only really get our heads around 5-7 items at a time. So best to write a list of 10 passions, and then narrow it down to about 5.
Let’s say you start with Relationships, Health, Home and then some that are very personal to you. For me its raising my child, supporting moms and moms-to-be and connecting with teachers. If you can’t think of any, say it this way: “When my life is ideal, I am __________________”.
Then, compare each one to the rest of the list, and take the winner each time. Go through the whole list that way until you have 5-7.
To retreat, regenerate, and renew for 30 days, pick a ritual for each one.
For health: maybe a green smoothie or nurturing breath meditation or 2 glasses of warm water upon waking…
For raising a child, I love starting every day saying “what do you want to create today?” When they’re old enough, let them give you 3 things. This teaches them that they have a lot of power to choose how they will experience life.
Pick a ritual that seems enjoyable to you and also incorporate a particular passion. Retreat, regenerate and renew.
My philosophy teacher used to say: the universe speaks in symbolism. This is who we convey our deep desires to – the creative forces that flow beyond our control. And sometimes, these forces rise up to support our passionate pursuits.