How are rituals different than habits?

Much is said about routine, which is understood as a series of consecutive activities. Morning and evening routines have been a hot topic recently. However, they do not have much in common with rituals – they come closer to habits. It is worth to look into the difference.

Habits and rituals may look similar, but in reality they differ in their essence. A habit is an acquired tendency to perform a given activity in a mechanical and simplifying way. You can develop a habit consciously or not, but you do not think about each action. We habitually carry out hygienic activities, drive a car, overcome the road to work. Habits are performed almost automatically.

develop the habits that serve you

Habits create our lives. Every day you decide about your physical and mental health. You can smoke cigarettes, drink too much coffee, finish the week with a bottle of wine. However, habits also have their good side – they free us from the need to constantly make decisions.

Reflecting on each, repeated daily activity could be very tiring and would not leave room for making really important decisions and new challenges. So there is nothing wrong with the brain organizing its work so that some of the tasks are performed automatically.

For you, it’s important that you look carefully at your habits and leave the ones that really serve you. Fortunately, habits can be transformed or shaped anew to create the life you want.

rituals

From the outside, the ritual may look the same as a habit. Drinking coffee or tea, removing your make-up, or returning home from work are just some of the possible rituals that do not seem overly magical or exciting. What makes them different from habits? Intention! The ritual requires commitment, focus and awareness. In cultivating rituals, we don’t care about an automated operation, on the contrary – you will want to celebrate the moment and perhaps combine the rituals in pairs.

how to create rituals

We create rituals using items that you will find in our store. Salt lamps that give warm light, fragrant Palo Santo or ceramic burners for Sage and incense are so appreciated by us because they connect us with our senses. Meanwhile, the senses allow you to settle in the here and now.

To understand how strongly the senses are related to mindfulness, you can do the following mindfulness practice.
Focus on:

  • 5 things you see
  • 4 things you feel (soft pillow you sit on, bracelet on your hand, texture of the fabric on the skin, etc.)
  • 3 things you hear
  • 2 scents that you can smell

That way, it will be easy for you to understand how to stay conscious and mindful with the help of your own body. You managed to stop and get in touch with your body and your inner self. We find that beautiful objects help to keep our attention and make the ritual a pleasure.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be a bundle of Sage, or even koshi bells. It can be a special bamboo kit and beautiful ceramics that will make your morning matcha a ritual drink for you. It can be a unique silver spoon from the flea market, bought somewhere during the trip, with which you will carefully mix your afternoon coffee. After all, it may be a tree passed on the way from work to home that you will notice and greet in your mind.

Rituals don’t have to be sophisticated. Instead, they should be full of awareness and intention. What should they bring you? How do you want to feel? Is it about peace? Becoming more energized? Sending love to yourself? Acceptance of your current situation?

why practice rituals?

Rituals enrich your life, help you appreciate and feel the joy of simple activities. They can restore peace of mind and connect us to the outside world. Think about the rituals that you can practice alone and the ones you would like to practice with others. Combine rituals with ordinary activities or create only those that are unique in themselves.

Here are some examples:

a ritual of brushing your hair

Use a brush that will simultaneously brush your hair and massage your scalp. You can use an essential oil (e.g. rosemary). Brush your hair in continuous movements and imagine how unwanted thoughts disapear with each brush stroke. Focus on the nice feeling on the skin and a pleasant smell. Use this moment to relax.

journaling

It can be a letter, a note in a notebook, or an e-mail. The letter will of course be more personal and will engage your senses more. Choose stationery, paper weight and pen, pencil or pen. Maybe you would like to write a letter, put on a special outfit or light a fragrant candle and place it on the table next to you? If you don’t have anyone to exchange paper letters with, you can use this ritual to keep a journal or fill out the morning pages. It is these small details that make an ordinary activity a beautiful act.

rituals related to setting intentions

It can be a new ritual, but also a new job, a new relationship or a change of home. Set up a corner in your apartment, in which you will place several items that are important to you. You can put a picture there that represents something important to you, your favourite stone, crystal, painting. Write your intentions on a piece of paper and leave in a place created for this occasion. Light a candle. Pay attention to your intentions and trust that your intentions will soon turn into manifestations.

the ritual of cleaning the space after an argument

When there are bad emotions at home, it is not worth staying in this negative energy. A tool that can help you balance the energy in your space is the ritual of smudging. Light the incense of your choice by holding it at an angle of 45 degrees. After a moment, blow out the flame and smudge your home, bringing it back to peace and clearing the energy.

We recommend the following incense for this ritual:

Yerba Santa, which supports in nurturing self-care and love, creates conditions for the release of emotional pain, regulates self-esteem, strengthens self-confidence and own abilities.

White sage with eucalyptus, which restores protection and balance, effectively cleanses & has a relaxing effect

Dragon’s blood with sage, which traditionally has been used in bad energy purification rituals and introduces an atmosphere of peace, relieves anxiety, depression and hyperactivity

Consider periodic rituals, such as those associated with changing seasons, days or moon cycles, but also look at which of the small, everyday activities you can turn into a meaningful ritual.

Choose only the rituals that you feel will support you. We assure you, that consciously practiced rituals provide support in dealing with stress, and can calm down even the most hectic mind.

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