"Closings are often marked by a 'letting go' ritual, a construction to help participants transition out to whatever comes next. Time markers, clocks, bells, gongs, breathing exercises and other oral or visual markers can be used to announce and recognize a closing." - Closing, GroupWorksDeck.org
"They must provide space, breathing room, before moving on to what's next." - Closing, GroupWorksDeck.org
When you feel complete with your ritual, conclude it in a way that feels sweet to you. It might mean blowing out your candle, making a wish, or taking a last sip of tea.
But first, find a way to capture the hygge essence of your ritual and take it with you. You might imagine filling up your heart space, or you might place your hands over your heart to feel it happening physically.
As you head back into your day, think about what's ahead for you. What can you take from your ritual experience to make the rest of your day or night even better?
See you next time!
"A journal can help one cultivate the ability to live in the present, to become deeply aware and appreciative of life. A journal records the movement of one’s inner experience. The more mindful the writer becomes, the more likely it is that he will capture the essence of each day." ~ Journaling, ContemplativeMind.org
As part of your hygge ritual, during this step, you take note of any guidance that has come your way, and you make sure to write something down so you don't forget it.
Hygge practices offer an opportunity to relax deeply and slow down your experience so that you're likely to be more open to the wisdom that comes your way. This step creates space for that to happen and places your journal nearby so you can capture it when it comes.
But if you are seeking guidance during your hygge ritual, and nothing seems to be coming to you, there are ways to prime the pump, so to speak. The exercise below is one of them...
Journaling Exercise for Intuitive Guidance
Free writing: "It is a method of inner inquiry: you never know what you will learn until you start writing; then you discover truths that you did not know existed." ~ same source
Do you have a question or concern on your mind or heart today? This exercise may help
If you have been reading along this week, you know that this intuitive guidance exercise would take place within a hygge ritual. And the first few steps would create a familiar container of comfort and safety, so that by the time you get to the wisdom portion of this ritual, you're relaxed, and things are cozy.
To review, start by going to the most comfortable place in your home. Take your journal, and a cup or glass of tea with you and light your favorite candle.
Get cozy in all the ways that you love. Spend a few minutes imagining your wishes coming true, meditating/daydreaming about whatever is most on your mind at the moment.
Then, hold in your mind for a moment, whatever it is that you're wanting guidance about and then, start the writing exercise. Write for 5 minutes or so without lifting your pen from the paper.
If you get stuck, just write "I have no idea what to write right now," etc. But keep writing and you are likely to surprise yourself with the wisdom and insight that shows up on those pages.
Tomorrow, step five. See you then!
"Reflective practices are a way for us to become aware of our own state of being. Mindful reflection brings us back to ourselves, allowing us to come closer to our own body, emotions, thoughts, and spirit. In reflection and contemplation we find an openness to seeing things as they are, not how we think they should be. We find we can let go of our usual self-imposed boundaries and hierarchies, along with our many doubts, anxieties, plans, regrets, ambitions, and other distracting thoughts." - Reflective Practices, Whole Systems Healing
This week, we're looking at suggested practices for a hygge ritual. Today's step is meditation and it can be a brief one or a longer one, whenever you have more time. And the possibilities for what to focus on are endless.
If you're just getting started with meditation, it might be easier to start by just focusing on your breathing, noticing that you begin to relax as you breathe more slowly & deeply. You also could try a recorded guided meditation, and all you'll have to do is listen and let it bring you peace.
And right now, you can try this brief, virtual meditation below...
Give Yourself this 1 1/2-Minute Experience