Evolution of the spirit occurs cyclically. We are always within a cycle that brings us back to the same points repeatedly but from a deeper angle than before. As you find yourself in the middle of a shift, you also find things from the past continue to come up. Things that you had thought were done or dealt with show up in a new way, testing this new expansion of self- tempting you into old habits. It is why creating routine and ritual for yourself is so important, when you develop a routine or ritual to incorporate into your day you create space to become the space that is the tool or strategy that can overcome the old habits.
The old habits, thoughts, emotional trip-ups are all part of your journey and it is okay that you had them at that time….because that is what brought you to today- to this moment of being you now. Acknowledging and finding the empathy and love for those old pieces is important- they cannot be swept under the rug or tucked away, they need to be there as an awareness but not as part of your current consciousness. When you are still fighting internally with those old habits, actions, strategies, you give them back their power over you. If you can look at them from a space of objectivity- as if reading them in a book- they no longer hold sway and you are free to simply BE in this space that is you NOW.
Developing a routine or ritual that helps you to get into the moment and to be present helps you to develop a deeper sense of personal worth. When you carve out the time in your day to just support your connection to your inner voice, you energetically show the Universe and yourself that you know you are worth it. That you are in tune with the expansive, limitless love and creativity that is you and is this amazing Universe we live within.
One of the most important tools to connect with yourself is to develop a meditation practice. There are many forms of meditation available to you, to help you find that space of stillness and being inside. From silent meditation to moving meditations to guided meditations, there are many ways to develop a practice that speaks to your heart and spirit. Take time to allow yourself to explore the different practices and what suits you.
Creating and maintaining my own daily ritual has been an amazing journey. It is one that I have started, fallen off the wagon and restarted many times. The thing is, when I am actively doing a ritual for myself daily I feel amazing and expressive and able to connect deeper with my gifts. Life can sometimes knock us off track, and that is okay. If I allowed myself to remain in a place of guilt or disappointment in myself for falling off- I am only continuing the self-sabotage cycle. I hold my past hiccups in a space of empathy and gratitude because it has brought me here today and I may not have the same capacity to take the time for myself.
When I first started developing a personal ritual for the day- it was maybe 5 minutes in the morning because that’s all I felt I could give myself. Over time this has evolved into creating a space where I have dedicated an hour to an hour and a half in the morning before I start my day. I spend 45-60 minutes in meditation followed by an energetic cleansing and an oracle card for the day or a short tarot spread to check in with the energies around me. I have been doing this for several weeks now, and it has inspired me to step back into my creativity- into my writing and being here in the space sharing with you now.
It doesn’t matter how long you dedicate time to yourself- all that matters is that you start even with 5 minutes of doing something to help you ground-centre and be in the moment before going out into the world.