Good night – creating a night ritual

blackBefore bed ritual—

  1. Check next day’s schedule.
  2. Keep things required for the schedule.
  3. Sit on my bed in dhyanamudra, deep breathe, — I take ten breathes.
  4. Thank the day for its kindness—I write down specific events that I am grateful for.
  5. Sketch for 5 mnts.
  6. Read 3 pages

And good night.

For a long time, my bed time ritual would be, like taking stock of the day, and plan for the next day.

Today after three brushes with fatality and being involved with self healing and healing other, I realize that bed time can be perfect time, to sending love to the world and finding gratitude for my day.

At the end of the day, as the sweet, dark stillness of night beckons us to lay down our bones and rest is great point of transition.  Behind us lies the day that has gone ahead lies the day that is yet to be born.

Most of us culturally trained to have a morning ritual particularly dawn or predawn. Poets have sung the praises of the dawn, but the night has always been a mysterious realm.  Morning rituals help us to set our intentions.  We forget the night.

As I started working on myself, and began exploring the magic and power of night time ritual it held for me, a chance of self appreciation, for the kind of person I have been up to the moment, and send an affirmation and  love to the future for the one that I am in the process of becoming.

This simple act of honouring my personal journey, so far taking responsibility for what happened, and opening myself to wonderful possibilities ahead, I realized had me engaged in my own evolution.  My years of insomnia and nightmares vanished, leaving more relaxed and less distrusting.  The night let me sleep with completions with myself and my relationships. Knowing that the road behind me has been seen, acknowledged with respect and kindness while the path ahead now holds your own benevolence and well wishes.

Over the past three years, this ritual has empowered me to determine the meaning of my own past and hopefulness of my future. By setting this special time aside each time, I have begun to orient myself on my path of growing. It allows me to let the past have its place to the trust the future is taken care of and to simply let me be in the graceful arms of the present moment.

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