Daily practice/ritual of love

Join me for 30 days of love!

A daily gratitude practice that goes beyond just reflecting on the people, things, moments in your life you are grateful for, and extends into a ritual of love as action.

On and off for the past few years I have engaged in some kind of daily gratitude practice. Generally listing off 5 or so things I am grateful for in my life. Any thing from a person who I love, a person whose work inspires me, an element of myself, my other daily rituals, my favourite food, anything really – anything that adds value to my life and I feel I should acknowledge.

I have decided to take my gratitude further. Step up a little more! Live out my ethics, my values, my beliefs a little stronger.

And I would like you to join me.

Every day, for the month of June, make space and set an intent to spread our actions of love. Choose one of the things we are grateful for, set aside some time to write and reflect on it; what impact this thing/person/moment has on your life? how you engage with it? what you offer it in return? how you actively love it? whether you need to increase your love action for it? or whether you need to pass it or an element of it on to someone/thing else, lovely? (you can see an example of how I have written about this previously in my last blog post)

And then engage, or make a solid plan to engage, in that action of love.

Share what you feel comfortable of this process on a social media platform of your choice (at this stage I will be using Instagram, @dustforthedancers), use the #dailyritualsoflove

One of the reasons I want to share this on social media, is as a way to hold me accountable. I am trying to encourage myself to form a better relationship with social media, and one of the ways I am doing this is through how I use it as a tool in my every day life – one of the tools is accountability (but that is another story to share).

As I mentioned in my last post, Daily practices – gratitude, I owe much gratitude and love to, adrienne maree brown, whose writing and work set off a light bulb moment around deepening my gratitude practice.

Daily practices – gratitude

I have always tried to have daily practices/rituals in my life. A consistent daily ritual has been my morning coffee. Daily yoga, tarot, magick meditation/journey work, morning pages (inspired by the book, The Artists Way), watering my garden, all tools to connect me to myself, to the world around me, tools to ground me into all that exists.

For a while now I have been engaging in a daily practice of gratitude. Listing 5+ things I am grateful for every morning. If I read back over my lists; coffee, yoga, podcasts, my fam and my lover all feature very strongly.

I am *heart beating out of my chest* grateful for the amazing human adrienne maree brown, whose podcast How to Survive the End of the World, and book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds has my brain exploding with excitement for life and engaging in the world in really wonderful ways.

I was recently 11 pages into Emergent Strategy and had this lightbulb moment. A daily practice of gratitude is great for me as an individual. It gives me a moment to reflect on all that I have in my life and gives me reasons to hang onto hope and excitement for my day to day, my existence. It grounds me in a moment. It centers me. I feel better. I smile more. I complain less. Though I find it really insular. It is about me. And while I find that helpful… I also want to feel more connected externally. I want that appreciation to be actively engaged. I want to share back. I want to love.

So I have started a daily love practice. Replaced the word gratitude for the word love.

I am grateful for the amazing podcasts I listen to, they make me feel connected to a larger world of movement. I love the amazing podcasts I listen to, they inspire me to engage in the world in new and exciting ways and I want them to continue, so when I have a stable income I will become a sustaining member and donate.

Maybe I could still actively engage in loving ways using the word gratitude, but I want to practice love more openly and be responsive to those beings/things/moments I love.

A little empathetic reflection #1

I’ve done a lot of reflecting on what has supported the growth of my empathy, the tools I’ve used over the years to support a greater cultivation of empathetic engagement. I could write a thesis on my own reflections alone. One of the things that stand out strongly for me – in this moment at least – is a comfort in stillness and observation. Just watching and taking in the people and interactions that surround me. Just watching, letting my eyes rest on moments. Not holding the moments for deliberation, just letting my eyes softly stop and rest on the sight. – Jessie Giles