Rituals you should consider making for yourself for 2018

I'm still reading, or perhaps re-reading one of my latest and favourite book purchases in 2017.  I'd thought I share parts of the book, Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy Abundance because it touches so well on rituals. The author uses words so well and expresses the concepts in a straightforward and clear manner so I choose to post the parts that resonate most. I haven't stopped recommending this book to anyone that I am touched by. In hopes that it may resonate with them in similar positive ways in which it has with me. Here are the rituals, that I have manifested and have been practicing almost 3 years now, I've found them in the book and concluded that I am onto something and that I want to share. If you took a read of my journal entry that shared a list of my 2018 resolutions you'd see that most of my resolutions begin with "to continue"... I believe that bringing already mastered or practiced habits into the new year and keeping them going are more effective than the concept and wait to start in the new year.

A Solitude Ritual

Stressed souls need the reassuring rhythm of self-nurturing rituals.
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Location 607). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
There is no companion so companionable as Solitude,” Thoreau reminds me as I carry a hot cup of tea back to bed. The house is hushed now after the hustle and bustle of a weekday morning.
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 574-575). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

A Beauty Ritual

Starting today, shun the world’s ideal of beauty, because it’s constantly changing. Cleopatra longed for varicose veins, Middle Age beauties padded their bellies. Don’t wait for the world to celebrate you. Carve your own niche. Focus on what’s great, forget what’s not. Find joy in your own reflection. Instead of obsessing about a body that’s impossible to achieve without a personal trainer, begin to discover how you can feel better about living in the one you now inhabit. Learn firsthand the transforming power of nurture over nature. Nourish your body with healthy food and pure water.

Slow down and remember to breathe before taking a bite. Breathe out stress and negativity, breathe in oxygen and positive energy. Rediscover how marvelous it is simply to move: stretch, dance, walk, run, jump, skip, play, embrace. Pamper your body with comfortable clothes, quiet moments, and soothing beauty rituals. “A woman’s relationship with her body is the most important relationship she’ll ever have. More important than husband, lover, children, friends, colleagues. This isn’t selfishness—it’s just fact,” health and fitness expert Diana K. Roesch tells us. “The body is, quite literally, our vehicle for being—for giving, for loving, for moving, for feeling—and if it doesn’t work, it’s fairly certain that nothing else in our lives will work, either.”

— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 2177-2186). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Even the ritual of putting makeup on, when it comes from the heart, can be spiritual.
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Location 2330). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

Spring Rituals of Replenishment

Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store. All that you have within you, all that your heart desires, all that your nature so specially fits you for—that or the counterpart of it waits embedded in the great Whole, for you. It will surely come to you. Yet equally surely not one moment before its appointed time will it come. All your crying and fever and reaching out of hands will make no difference. Therefore do not begin that game at all. —EDWARD CARPENTER
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 2335-2339). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
While you are waiting patiently, take comfort and joy in simple springtime rituals of rejuvenation. A favorite of mine is to search for a new sacred space out in the world. This reminds me that we carry our serenity with us. A shady grove of trees in an old cemetery, a beautiful public garden that’s new to you, a museum gallery, the stacks of an old library, the hush of a quiet chapel where you can light a candle, even an outdoor

café where you can sit basking in the sunshine can help you realize the boundless treasure and spiritual replenishment of a perfect solitary hour. Joseph Campbell tells us that “Sacred space and sacred time and something joyous to do is all we need. Almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy.”
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 2345-2347). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

 

Home Making  Ritual

When we are authentic, when we keep our spaces simple, simply beautiful living takes place. —ALEXANDRA STODDARD
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 3777-3779). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
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Here, generations of families are tangibly linked as china, crystal, and silver passed from parents to children are lovingly removed from open-shelved cupboards and placed on the table in a comforting reenactment of a timeless ritual of hospitality, homecoming, and Wholeness. The Victorian English novelist and Jewish scholar Grace Aquilar wrote in 1847 that “The Real is the sole foundation of the Ideal.” As I prepare this place and my heart to gratefully receive another authentic blessing, I have often wondered if she divined this profound awakening in her dining room.
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 3796-3800). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
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A Gardening Ritual

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Balm brings you sympathy and Marjoram joy Sage is long life… Sweet Woodruff augurs well for health— A blessing richer far than wealth. While Lavender means deep devotion, Herb of sweet omen, Rosemary conveys Affection and remembrance all your days. May Heaven and Earth and Man combine To keep these blessings ever thine. —RACHEL PAGE ELLIOTT
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 4311-4316). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
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For centuries in Benedictine cloisters, gardening—particularly herb gardening—has been considered an important ritual in the daily round of religious life.
— Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy (Kindle Locations 4316-4317). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
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