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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”

Joseph Campbell

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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”

The Elements of Ritual

  • Create your environment, because it will affect your practice.
  • As you start, set an intention for the ritual.
  • Bring presence and full appreciation to the act.
  • Rituals can be a space for contemplating what’s important to you.
  • Close in gratitude for whatever you just did.

Rituals to Consider

  • Start your day with intention, gratitude and reflection.
  • Email & messages: Transform them into a ritual of connecting to others, of carefully considering issues, of crafting language.
  • Exercise: Bring it to be an act of love for your body, an act of connection to your environment, an act of full presence.
  • Meditation: Make it a simple ritual of full appreciation for the moment.
  • Sleep: Make it a time when you reflect on your day, prepare for your time of rest, slow down and appreciate your life.

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Goals as tools

Goals are not the answer to everything, but neither are they evil. They’re simply tools. 

And like any tool, they can be used to bludgeon ourselves over the head with shame and gu...

Intentionally working with goals
  • Think of your goal as an intention, not as a fixed path;
  • If you notice you are attached to the fantasy of your goal, bring your focus to the present and what you can do now, in line with yout intention;
  • Allow yourself to be flexibile - you can shift as you learn more;
  • If/when you do arrive at your destination, stop and be present with it, appreciating your journey, appreciating where you are, without immediately turning to the next thing.
Really see each other

Making eye contact with someone can relieve stress and create a deeper sense of connection. 

Even making eye contact with a stranger can soften your heart.

Listen with all of your senses

When you talk with someone in person, notice the posture and body language of the other person. Focus on the tone in their voice. Consider the meaning of their words.

Reach out and touch someone

Touch is a way we communicate and essential to our development. Touch makes us feel safe and encourage trust, love, and compassion.

Reach out to your loved ones and see if you notice a difference.

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