Take one: Your alarm goes off for the fourth time and you drowsily hit snooze. You eventually roll over, grab your iPhone, and are flooded by a barrage of updates—20 new emails, multiple Instagram notifications, and a couple of text messages. You barely look up as you make your way into the kitchen to pour the first of multiple cups of coffee to get your through your hectic day ahead.
Take two: You wake up to the sound of your old-school alarm clock that's several feet away from your bed so you actually have to get up. Once your feet hit the floor, you head to the kitchen for hot water with lemon and a delicious caffeinated concoction. Since you spend the first hour of your day sans cellphone, you head to your yoga mat for a creative combination of writing, yoga, and meditation and to set your intention for your day ahead. You doze off a little in meditation but awake feeling inspired.
This take one and take two is taken from my own life. Take one is when I'm acting out of habit or even addiction. Take two is when I design my morning from a creative, intentional space.
As co-founders of a yoga-inspired coaching movement, my partner Mary Beth and I liken rituals to guideposts in our days, weeks, and months that bring us home to ourselves, remind us of what is true and move us toward a life we love. And to be honest, they feel really good.
Ritual can be a full-on ceremony at your altar every morning with sage burning and crystals, or it can be as simple as a morning walk to your favorite coffee spot with that weird neighbor along the way who brushes her cat every day at 7 a.m. and never says hello. The magic is in the repetition, the commitment to a space where you feel that comfort. Here are our favorite rituals we've been exploring lately.