Rituals, Routines And Reverence
My eyes open most mornings by 5:00, sometimes much earlier when insomnia stays over. Tumbling around in the covers, rubbing my feet and gliding my fingers slowly across – the sheets (I am single people) for a good five minutes, I express my gratitude to Source for another opportunity to step into all that I am.
This is my “basking” time – something I picked up from one of my spiritual teachers. Another ‘ritual’ of mine is spending a few minutes once up, while having my first mug of many coffees, is to review my vision board. That might not be the best description for it as it is not an actual board. It is not mounted on my wall and the pictures are not cut and glued to it – as I have done in the past.
My vision board is a collage created on my smart phone and I have added motion to it so it is more a movie than anything else. This past February, I celebrated my 50th birthday but my interest and use of technology is way up their with any Millennial woman. Keeping up with the times while tending to my old-school traditions of connecting with what is sacred to me is very much my approach.
Expand Your Life
Another thing that is important to me is to truly make this my Expansion Year. In the morning post, I spoke about the laughter that my declaration evoked in some quarters. In spite of the echo in my ear, I plugged on, waking up every morning, doing my rituals, then turning on my three gadgets – two laptops and a tablet – and along with my phone set to working on this blog, posting on Facebook and on Twitter.
See, part of my Expansion Year vision was to reach at least one woman every day with a story that would help her understand that she is not alone and that she too can “expand,” beyond whatever is her current situation.
It has been about 14 years or more now that I have done annual vision boards. My success, if you want to call it that, with them have varied and have been proportionate to my deepest beliefs. Many people are of the misguided notion that you simply paste some pictures to a piece of coloured paper, write some cute affirmations and put the word “God” all over it and all their dreams will become a reality. Frankly, I too was of that impression when I did my first one – and the second, okay, even the third.
Lessons Learned About Visioning Your Life
These past few weeks, I have reread some of my old journals from as far back as 2001. The entrances about the issues included on my early vision boards made me smile. Many of my desires materialized but an equal amount have not or came about in ways that were clearly not my first choice. For example – freedom from debt. That baby was on my board for years and years and years…and years. With each passing year, instead of being released from debt, I fell further into it. There were times that I felt my ‘prayer’ was falling on deaf ears.
In 2013, I became debt free. Almost 13 years later. Money did not fall from the sky, I did not win the lottery nor did I marry a millionaire. Several things happened, many lessons were taught to me the hard way and some tough decisions alongside intense “knee” work were made. These are what will help you to make your own vision board come alive, if you have one or will create one once you finish reading this post.
- “Faith without works is dead” – That must be the most important Biblical lesson of all times for me. I am not a Christian but my faith in a Power greater than any human’s is so strong. You do not have to swear allegiance to any religious or spiritual path to get this lesson.
- Words are creative but not by themselves. It is the issues of the heart, your intentions that ignite your words.
- Focus on what you want and turn your gaze or stare away from what is not working, the negativity and the distractions has to be your daily habit.
Defining Success For Yourself
My understanding of success has changed so much. No longer is it my belief that a fat bank account, stuff in my house, driving the fanciest of car, being on the town every night and wearing designer garb are the marks of success. Each of us can and must define success for ourselves and it will be different from your neighbours or closest friend. So, Mind Your Own Business (that is lesson #4) and run in your lane as Contributor, Clara Brown, often writes.
Share with me where you are so far this year with your goals, intentions or vision board – however you name it – in the comments below. Also, do join me this Sunday for a conversation on “A Practical Spirituality for the Busy Woman.” It is a FREE webinar that I have created and a time when we will together chart a course to bringing the sacred into your daily grind.
All the best for the rest of your day and remember to subscribe and receive updates when new articles are posted here.