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  1. Annie

    Each day as soon as I wake I tell Jesus I want to do everything ONLY in His will. I try to spend time in prayers every day around 3pm. But if that time doesn’t work I manage to find another time. Now if I could only get into a dally exercise routine…God knows I need to 🙂

    2 years ago
  2. KC

    Gosh – so many … drinking coffee or tea, reading, writing, drawing, meditation, yoga, walking, listening to or playing music, dancing, hiking… being in and connecting with the natural world… especially when I am mindful and grounded/ rooted. Also connecting with a person or group that I feel comfortable, connected and safe with .

    2 years ago
  3. Kylie Watson

    I like cleaning my space, lighting a candle, and reading a book. This helps me reset my energy and focus on the present moment

    2 years ago
  4. Linda

    When I notice that my neck is sore and my shoulders are up around my ears (!) I take a breath, relax my shoulders, and notice what is around me. Even as a retired person I still carry stress in the same areas I did when I was working. Go figure…

    2 years ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    For now, I would say my main spiritual practice is finding the things I love most and doing them.

    2 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    There is a voice – like you see at the tennis… the umpire says just before service, “quiet please”. Then I wait and see what shows up.

    2 years ago
  7. pkr

    My morning practice is what keeps me grounded. I meditate, pray, read spiritual passages, come to this site for inspiration. I go to “First Sip”, a website, to read poetry. I practice yoga daily & power walk almost everyday. I have also added a new one, writing in my “Five Minute Journal”, in the morning and at night. Writing in this journal has given me a focal point, badly needed after all the recent losses in my life.
    Happy Spring Sunday All.❤️🙏🐝🌼

    2 years ago
  8. Ed Schulte

    It is a Visualization meditation done facing the rising sun each morning, called “The Ray of Love” to refresh the Archangelic human form and promote maximum good health in all three bodies and radiate a White – Rosy light of love everywhere on earth, no exceptions

    2 years ago
  9. Mica

    A new one is to have music playing, louder or softer. Birthday mix cds from my daughter and yoga kirtan chant tapes.

    2 years ago
  10. sparrow

    . . . simple,
    repetitive,
    mundane tasks,
    like washing the dishes,
    ironing;
    sitting in the garden doing quiet, steady weeding . . .
    nothing frenetic.
    These kinds of things
    bring me home . . .

    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      Sparrow, I find washing dishes very soothing & centering. I sometimes do my best thinking at the kitchen sink! I also find ironing very centering too, zen-like. Have a beautiful Sunday.🌼🐝🌸

      2 years ago
      1. sparrow

        Yes,
        dear pkr,
        zen-like . . .
        a beautiful Sunday to you as well.

        2 years ago
    2. alara

      Sparrow, you remind me of the words to the song by Michael Bublé. -Feeling Good.

      2 years ago
      1. sparrow

        2 years ago
  11. Charlie T

    I am only recently appreciating my rituals and how important they are to me. My morning coffee, Sunday bike ride, yoga, meditation, and visiting this site, are all things that I do for myself. I think of them more as routines or practices. They add some discipline and consistency to my life.
    I think communal rituals that mark seasons, events, and passages are something missing from my life.

    2 years ago
  12. Marnie Jackson

    Journalling, meditating, therapy….spaces where I can figure out what I am feeling, why I am feeling this and what situation in the past are these feelings reminding me of……this helps me then to understand my behaviour and align it with who I want to be….it is along process – but one that helps me feel more authentic to me

    2 years ago
  13. Dusty Su

    Yoga, a medative prayer like walk, journaling.
    Starting the day I ground with these three morning questions…
    What can I look forward to today?
    What has the potential to cause me stress today and how will I respond to it?
    How do I want to feel at the end of the day, and how do I make that a reality?

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Dusty Su, thank you for this. If you don’t mind, I would also like to adopt these as morning questions.

      2 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Please do. I don’t remember where I got them from in the first place.

        2 years ago
  14. alara

    Shortly after I joined Gratefulness.org I started to partake in the ritual of The Angels of the Hour each day. Starting when I wake up during the night, then at sunrise, and the end of the day. I am gradually adding those other hours mentioned during the day.

    Word of the Day and the Daily Question have also become daily practices.

    The rituals have added a quality and richness that I never found in just intellectual searching.

    2 years ago
    1. alara

      I want to add that I am retired, live alone, and am 78 yrs, so I have the luxury of time. Also, I was drawn to the rituals which rather surprised me. But, then, much of my way of being over the past couple of years has surprised me.

      2 years ago
      1. sparrow

        Welcome to this space,
        dear alara…
        and thank you for reminding me
        of Angels of the Hours . . .
        looking forward to sharing your wisdom
        with love…
        sparrow ♥

        2 years ago
        1. alara

          Thank you, Sparrow, I do feel welcomed here.

          2 years ago
  15. Antoinette

    Meditation is my practice- ❤️🌻
    Happy Easter everyone!

    2 years ago
  16. Mary Pat

    Meditation. Journaling. Sometimes being in the moment I am in. That one is difficult for me, but I try…

    2 years ago
  17. Laura

    A couple of cleansing breaths, taking note of my surroundings, meditation, journaling. Never thought of them as rituals before. I also like to recall this wisdom from Thich Nhat Hahn:
    You should go home to your hermitage; it is inside you. Close the doors, light the fire, and make it cozy again.

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Hi Laura, is there a particular book by Thich Nhat Hahn that you would recommend? His words of wisdom sort of call me …

      2 years ago
      1. Laura

        Hello, Pilgrim, I have not read many of his works, “You Are Here,” is the one I remember but I read it many years ago.
        I think I pulled the quote from mindfulbalance.org. The curator of that site has a couple of lists of books that he’s found helpful, most with a Buddhist focus. Hope this helps you in your search.

        2 years ago
        1. Pilgrim

          Thank you, Laura!

          2 years ago
  18. Butterfly

    Focusing on my breath works for me. I take a deep breath in to a count of four, hold it for a count of four and let it go to a count of eight. I may do this just once or four or five times as I go through my day. I find it very calming and it brings me back to a feeling of centredness.

    2 years ago
  19. Nelson

    Meditation. Yoga. Daily affirmations in front of a mirror. Relaxing in the sun.

    2 years ago
  20. Pilgrim

    Morning coffee with reading, followed by yoga and planning (loosely) my day.

    2 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    Meditation. Yoga. Cooking. Surfing. Yardwork.

    2 years ago
  22. EJP

    Enjoying the early morning sights and sounds of a new day,.a fresh start with a positive, grateful attitude.

    2 years ago
  23. c
    carol

    mindful of the breath

    2 years ago
  24. Holly in Ohio

    What an interesting question.
    Reading, writing, cooking, gardening, baking, creating, hiking – all in bits, and gratitude, but I have not thought of them as rituals or practices, and I think that if I did so consciously, the ability of it to restore me and “bring me home to myself” would be stronger for it.

    2 years ago
  25. Mark Piper

    The practice or ritual that has been most consistent: Sunday Mass.

    Some rituals and practces are not as consistnet as that, but a close second is also Saturday mornings. I joke that as tough as the last week may have been, as I clean my coffee maker every Saturday morning (after I’ve drunk the days coffee) I’m engaging in a hope-filled action — a future affirming action — by going through the ritual of cleaning the coffee maker as it prepares the way for another seven days coffee; a preperation for another seven mornings.

    2 years ago
  26. devy

    M’y daily meditations, watched the sun rise in the morning, my contacts with gratitude.org. Going for walks in nature to enjoy her beauty. Practicing playing my guitars ..

    2 years ago
  27. Maurice Frank

    My journal which I have written in for over twenty years. The writing is cathartic, and reading old entries is insightful.

    2 years ago
    1. Butterfly

      I do this too, Maurice. I too find it very helpful and useful to go back and reread my diaries from years ago.

      2 years ago
  28. Michele

    My daily morning practice of coming onto this website starts my day off grateful. My evening practice before bed of watching some ASMR videos helps relax me to finish my day.

    2 years ago
  29. Kevin

    Photography, being with my family, rowing with my teammates, and participating in my faith community all help to ground me as a person each and every day.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      I thought of you this morning – it’s National Farm Animals Day:)

      2 years ago
  30. Hermann-Josef

    Sitting on a railway station. Any train that is coming, is a thought. Not entering the train. Just being there. It is like sitting on a dot that is exactly in the middle of likes and dislikes; pleasure and pain. It is a yes to how the moment is presenting itself. I am that wellwishing yes. But also praying, serving, Philosophie is helping me a lot. Have good day everyone…

    2 years ago
  31. Christine

    My Morning Ritual. After a cup of coffee into nature, watching the sun rise and then I do a morning prayer. It feels good that I haven’t seen any messages from the news, haven’t looked at any mail yet, haven’t looked at the apps on my mobile yet. I still feel the peace that sleep has given me in the night..🌞🕊

    2 years ago

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