The kind folks at GaiamTV recently asked a diverse group of bloggers, including yours truly, to describe our rituals and habits for starting and ending our days. Their article, Daily Rituals: Find Your Everyday Zen, is a collection of the responses, which are quite varied, as you might expect.
“A lot of the time we sit on the sidelines, wondering which way is the optimal decision. We watch other people seemingly get it all together from their fasted cardio session or 6 am yoga class. But as you will discover, there is no one way to start and end your day!”
For me, that’s a beautiful thing to contemplate. Having spent most of my adult life trying to follow other people’s diets, I now know that success is found in continuing to search for what works for me. That’s true for weight loss, and life in general.
One prevalent ritual I noticed in the article is the habit of taking/making time for simply being still. We might do it at different times of day or in different forms, but at some point, we take time to reflect and unwind. For me, that quiet, contemplative time is the main contributor to my (almost) everyday Zen. In the unpredictability of the past few weeks, I wasn’t as consistent with it, and I felt it!.
But I’m back on an even keel now, building up my reserves for the next time one (or three) of life’s little bumps comes along.
What are your rituals for starting and ending your day? (I know, I’m so nosy! I’m also not above borrowing your ideas, if I think they’ll work for me, so please do share.)