Monday, January 14, 2019

#MicroblogMondays: purposeful rituals

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too.

Jess's post about rituals had me reflecting last night, remember my own crazy ones but also thinking about why we subject ourselves to such practices. All on the heels of me remembering how I shunned rituals for a period prior to embarking on creating new resolutions for this year.

One resolution Grey and I have been working hard to keep is getting outdoors a lot more than we have in the past. Despite the government shutdown, we've been working hard to locate hiking trails and local parks, finding ways to explore our surroundings without the buzz of technology in the background. 

It's not always an easy endeavor, especially following weeks where we're both feeling drained, but the benefits are always readily available as we've begun settling into something of a routine.

And I think that's the difference, compared to years past, is finding rituals that bring purpose and release. That instead of subjecting myself to practices out of a sense of obligation and guilt, that the focus is on refueling the soul.


  1. Your focus on refueling is so lovely and such a great reminder. The perspective you adopt (refuel vs. obligation) can make so much difference in the enjoyment. I need to hold on to that - thank you for sharing!

    I also just have to say that your pictures make me so nostalgic! Those look like the hills in Marin where I grew up. So beautiful and restorative!

  2. Ohhhh, your photos are refueling my soul vicariously! What a wonderful resolution -- something that can be attained and gets you out in nature, which is great for the body and soul. I love this -- rituals that bring release and purpose, rather than a way to try to make something happen that is likely out of your control, or something you feel you have to do because it's expected.

  3. Yes! What good is a ritual if it doesn't feed our souls? I love this. "... finding rituals that bring purpose and release." So well said. And lovely photos too.

  4. I"m so glad you are doing this, and doing it together. Nature and connection are so therapeutic!


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