Importance of Everyday Rituals
Rituals are a major part of our lives. Whether it’s your morning routine of a cup of coffee before you get your day started, walking the dog after work, or even gathering with family for the holidays, our lives are filled with them.
As society has slowly gone back into our normal routine, it's quite a change from what we've been experiencing these past two years. Your once more relaxed schedule has now been interrupted by going back into the office, early mornings of getting your kids off to school, or going out and enjoying concerts and nightlife. Your "quarantine ritual" is no more, but it's important to still slow down and take time for yourself.
“Rituals provide meaning and make those experiences memorable.” (Kalpana Jain)
While societal rituals paused, it brought to light the importance of personal daily rituals in our every day. When life slowed down, it pulled back the curtain in our own lives. A time when rituals were paramount for our human brains to feel a sense of purpose and happiness.
“Rituals give us clear rules and objectives, which help us enter a state of flow.” (Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles)
Daily rituals give us purpose. Help us work into our flow to be our best selves. Rituals do not have to be larger than life. They can present themselves in simple ways like writing down 5 things you’re grateful for right away in the morning or reading for 15 minutes before bed.
“Focus on enjoying your daily rituals, using them as tools to enter a state of flow. Don’t worry about the outcome -- it will come naturally. Happiness is in the doing, not in the result.” (Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles)
From morning to evening, rituals can be found throughout and should never be rushed. Here at Grasshopper Goods, we have a lovely selection of products that can help jump start a new ritual in your life or add to the ones you’ve already created. Below you’ll find daily Grasshopper Goods rituals with products you can find in our shop.
A MORNING CUP
Take your time, put your phone away, stay in the moment, and begin your day with a Chai Powder latte. We offer both caffeine and caffeine-free options at the shop. This bold, spicy-sweet, and soul-warming drink is sure to start your day on the best foot. Using your favorite mug is always an added bonus to the experience. We offer tons of handmade, ceramic mugs, such as this Ceramic Cow Splotch Mug.
Use part of your morning to journal. It can be about anything! Writing down what you’re grateful for, your top priorities to get done that day, or whatever feels right. Journaling is an incredibly meditative experience and helps us tap into ourselves on a deeper level. Our minds tend to race; journaling is an amazing way to focus your mind to help quiet it down to begin your day intuitively. We have an amazing variety of inspiring journals available in our shop. And if you're not sure where to start, this Grateful Journal is full of prompts to inspire.
TIME WITH FAMILY AND YOURSELF
Creating a habit of eating dinner with the family mute of distractions is a hard one these days. However, being present and eating together helps to foster deeper connections with each other. One of our favorite products in our shop is the 100 Questions Toolkit from The School of Life Organization. Simply pull a card from the deck and present the thought-provoking, fun question to help move conversation along and learn more about one another.
And if you need some time with yourself and your thoughts, pulling a card from The School of Life's Calm Card Set. Through ironic humor, consoling cultural references, and a small amount of pessimistic wisdom, they help to summon up our best and calmest selves.
SOAK UP THE SELFCARE
Evening rituals are just as important as morning rituals. Mornings begin your day while evening rituals slow you down to ensure a restful night's sleep is in your future; a beautiful bookend to the day. A special ritual to slow down and be present is a nice bath soak. These Sugar Cube Body Scrub Sets are a perfect way to elevate your nightly ritual. They come in three different sets: the Bestseller Collection, Luxe Collection, and Brunch Collection--so there is sure to be a scent trio perfectly made for you. Not into baths? These cubes are perfect for showers too!
What are some rituals you have in your life at the moment? Share below!
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