Your Daily Focus: July 16-22

An image of a woman engaging in some summer rituals, laying down in bed with a towel under her neck as she relaxes. The image is tinted with an orange-to-purple gradient.

Summer Rituals To Adopt

Often, people can feel shut out of the more practical end of spirituality — from the art of “doing,” so to speak. Rituals can look complicated from the outside. They often involve tools and supplies, whether it’s audio for meditation, herbs for tonics, candles for prayer, or crystals! It can sometimes seem like a deep pool, and the thought of jumping in can be particularly intimidating if you’re not yet sure how to swim.

This week, let’s look at some very simple rituals that you can adopt into your daily life to improve mindfulness, reconnect with your body, and regulate your emotional responses.

Just remember: the first step in any sort of manifestation is intention. If you are seeking something, let the Universe know.

Saturday, July 16

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

Sometimes the best way to clear your mind is to move your body. Something as simple as a walk outside can do wonders for your spirit and your emotional state. When people have something grounding them to the earth, like the feeling of their feet on the pavement, the wind on their face, or the sun on their skin, it becomes easier to let go of stress and instead live in the moment.

Sunday, July 17

“All my troubles wash away in the water”

Water is spiritual. It surrounds us, it’s inside us, and we are born from it. From baptisms to ritual baths, people all over the world find power and healing in water. Luckily, you don’t need some holy water or an elaborate ritual to feel this element’s influence. It’s enough for you to simply ground yourself and consciously think about washing away certain feelings, ties, or unwanted energies. Swimming in nature can also be a powerful experience, so if you hit the lake or beach this summer, take a few moments to enjoy a water ritual.

Monday, July 18

“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love, light, and compassion. Life will be beautiful.”
–Amit Ray

Making even small changes in the way you speak to yourself can have a wide ripple effect. When you first start practicing intentional affirmations like “I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am important,” it can feel a little strange. If you come up against this natural resistance, go ahead and push through it. It’s important that you don’t give up at this step. Instead, look at the places where you’re stuck and change your inner dialogue. Ask “why not?” instead of closing the book entirely. Remind yourself that you can do difficult things, be flexible, and adapt.

Tuesday, July 19

“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.”
–Amit Ray

Chanting is a great way to calm yourself down and connect with your body and mind. The act of chanting stimulates the vagus nerve, the largest nerve in the body, extending from the top of the spine downward. This nerve is the longest in the autonomic nervous system, and it is the nerve that allows your brain, lungs, heart, and other vital organs to communicate. Chanting or humming stimulates this nerve, helping you regulate your breathing, heart rate, and circulation, among many other things.

Wednesday, July 20

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.”
–Haruki Murakami

Much like chanting, singing also stimulates the vagus nerve. If chanting feels too awkward or uncomfortable for you, or like a practice for which you’d need to set aside a whole new timeslot, consider listening to some of your favorite songs and singing along as loudly as you can.

Thursday, July 21

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”
–Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness means focusing on your body, feelings, and surroundings. Even simple grounding techniques such as deep breathing, touching your bare feet to the ground, or recounting sensations as you experience them can help you enter a state of calm that you can use to handle stress in the present moment.

Friday, July 22

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.”

Meditation is a great way to set an intention and envision a path forward. Often, people think that they need to clear their minds completely to meditate. However, some people like to meditate by focusing on a thought or possibility — whether it’s healing, growth, or self-discovery. Meditation is a great way for you to spend time with your goals and think about where your hard work can take you.

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