Thank You Thursday: Life Rituals

Today have appreciation for the Life Rituals.

Usually, when we think of rituals, we think of a rite of passage. A rite of passage is a form of ritual, but more formal, where we recognize one's reaching a milestone in their life. This transition is marked in forms of graduations, milestone birthdays, marriages, death, and social or religious ceremonies. As a society, we have placed much emphasizes on these milestones, yet we have forgotten about what we do daily. Each day is a form of a milestone itself.

I say this because, those who are not as physically healthy see it as a challenge to preform small tasks, while those who are in great physical health seem to take it for granted. We each have different levels of appreciation for what is experienced daily. There are some days where the appreciation is greater because of an experience. Now how can we take moments in our everyday to have a milestone feeling, to have a ritual allowing us to be present in appreciation?

Personally I have a few rituals in the day. Some of my rituals are, having a bowl of cereal, taking a warm shower while meditating, and a cup of warm tea. What a ritual does for me is, it allows me to present with myself. While being present with myself, it allows me to know I'm taking care of myself. A ritual is a moment to know you are taking care of yourself. As an American society, do we really pause to have these moments of self-appreciation?

Through my personal observation, I would say we live in a hodgepodge culture. We bring in other ideas and practices from other cultures to see what works for the individual. We may go read, study, and even participate in another's cultural experience to understand why this ritual works for them. We may then incorporate what we learned into our life, from all what we learned. We may end up being a Jack of all rituals, but what have we mastered?

When we look at rituals and what other cultures are doing, they are all doing the same thing, but in different ways. A ritual is to celebrate, a ritual is to have inner-peace. A ritual is to celebrate inner-peace. How do we get to our personal inner-peace and then celebrate it?  For everyone inner-peace is different. When we are still, it is the inner-peace allowing us to stay centered, calm, no matter what is going on around us. Inner-peace is love, having joy for who you are and what is fulfilling you.

This can come in many splendid forms, being still while active. What this means is, having a heighten awareness while preforming a task. It can be a caretaker, a teacher, writer, a philanthropist, or any amateur or professional career. There is no difference in what you do as long there is love and love offers inner-peace. Each moment of the day is presenting you with the inner-peace you have asked for. Are you aware of the peace greeting you?

The peace to greet you has been pre-sent to welcome you into a place of inner-knowing. Knowing who you are and to allow change if you deem it be. Knowing who are is courage enough to change what do don't like or see. All contrast is, is showing you what you don't want, shining the light on what you do want. This change can be anything from the physical to non-physical. Keep in mind all things are energy and it transforms to your personal will, it transforms to the choices you make. The peace arising from your thoughts are the ones planted eons ago, in the universal DNA, preparing for the ascension or transformation. Each level is giving you a seat at the table to witness the self arising to Self. 

This is why we have rituals. We have them to witness self to evolve in moments of stillness. This is why small moments of the day are important to track progress of Self. There are questions like "Am I where I'm supposed to be?" or "How do I get to where I truly desire?" Each question is a marker on the path to the transformation. Be aware of your thoughts, be aware of what you are a fulfilling, be aware of who you are. The awareness settling in grant you higher levels of peace and guides you to complete fulfillment. 

Fulfillment is joy, no matter how, when, or what comes. It can be a moment when you are watching your favorite TV show, on a rooftop, in the shower, or even in your sleep. Those are the moments when you are aware of self and make it into a ritual. You do it because it brings you joy. You take time to celebrate yourself where you are. This is saying to the universe “I appreciate me where I am.” By doing this you allow more of the same feeling good, life ritual, fulfilling moments; you stop to honor yourself. This is how you become aware, evolve and appreciate yourself. 

Today and each day have appreciation for where you are in your life.
Today and each day have appreciation for the small moments making you smile, inside and out.
Today and each day have appreciation for the question arising to be more aware of where you are now. 

Prism Star 

A vision of stars shining pulsating with every glimmer
Outstretched infinitely
Reaching me
Sending messages 

With approach
Notice light passing through becoming more infinite colors
One color bleeding into the next

A fractal piece of a larger whole
I am you
You are me
We are one
We are light
We are Source
Being all there is
No greater experience
In the process of knowing feeling being

I am the conductor of a grand orchestra
Playing out a symphony I wrote
A symphonious magistery 

Infinitely bound
Honoring each muse
Giving what's given
Understanding the vibrational match of what's called forth

Infinitely existed
Manifested in many ways many forms
Interpreted by sound
Interpreted by words
Appreciation shown and expressed greatly 

Creating shapes
Lines bend
I notice you
I see you
This is who I am

Energy no longer contained
Expressed gracefully
All in harmony
All in unison

More than physical projection
Being a signature
Being a light
Being a star

Reaching for the Heavens
Letting go
Being here now
Being there always

Allowing an effervescent presence to sweep in
Now guided by joy bringers
All has light to bring what is attracted
What is our focus
Where is our light cast

A star among stars
Light with Light
We are here
We are loved
We are all that IS
May you remember all that you are
Eyes closed
Soul open


Peter fox 10th October 2013 9:13 am

Great and inspiring posting,Hillis. Thank you very much.

Hillis 10th October 2013 9:26 am

Greetings Peter,I'm glad you found it inspiring! And you are welcome!

Tiff 10th October 2013 10:10 pm

Until reading this I didn't realize that I have at least a couple self appreciation rituals myself. Infinite thanks, Hillis.

Hillis 11th October 2013 6:58 am

Greetings Tiff, I am happy you realized that. You my dear are infinitely welcome!


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