CELEBRATING THE EVERYDAY -’SELF CARE’ RITUALS
“We lose ourselves in
the things we love, we find ourselves there too.”
– Kristin Mantz
I know that at crazy busy times, even I am guilty of joining all of those busy people on the roundabout. But as I dive deeper into my own paradigm shift to live more consciously – when I hear others start to talk like this, something inside stops, all time slows and I have to try really hard to not start lecturing on the importance of having ‘self care’ rituals.
Whenever I meet someone for the first time or am catching up with dear friends I want to know more about what they dream of, what they are passionate about and how they celebrate the everyday and sustain the hectic whir of the 21st century with their own self care rituals.
Everyday before I get out of bed, I think about the best version of myself that I want to project – what kind of person I want to be… usually drawing on a particular virtue to practice. A big part of enacting that ideal throughout the day is avoiding any tape loops that pop into my head. We all have tape loops floating up there, from how we may have been parented as a child, to famous lines from teachers in school and even employers, colleagues and role models.
When I feel the loop creeping in, I quietly utter to myself, “not today my friend, not today.” Some may see this as verging on an element of crazy but it really does allow me to think consciously about what I should say – with the best version of myself in mind.