Posts tagged rituals
Ep. 27 Summer Rituals

As much as we dream of long summer nights, weekend adventures, times to chill out and relax, Summer can oftentimes feel chaotic and stressful and just the opposite of what you want it to be.

In this episodes, I share my top three simple summer practices to keep in mind to help us slow down in some ways, perk up in some ways, and overall savor this time of the year.

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Make Forest Bathing a Walk in the Park

When was the last time you laid down on a patch of grass? Not on a lounge chair or even a blanket. But directly onto the earth, relaxing as the sun bathes over you and breathing deeply with the breeze.

Ok, if that seems like a weird thing to do, how about simply going for a walk through nature? A place that is dense with trees and grasses and wildlife. A stroll without phones or music or any other modern distractions. Just pure connection with the nature around you. 

We all know that going outside is good for us and when we finally take the time to do it, it's so refreshing. But oftentimes we dismiss the profound benefits of daily intentional time connecting with the natural world. 

If you think that sounds boring, don't worry, the Japanese have turned it into a hip new thing that is now sweeping the nation, and it's called Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku

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Age 31: The Year of Daily Rituals

A little over a month ago, I turned the spry age of 31. A very humdrum number, with it shadowed by the ever-so-defining age of 30. I had a wonderful, relaxing, satisfied-with-life birthday, filled with loved ones, brunch, naps, and cake. But there was a precedent set in my 30th year that I was now left contemplating. 

When I turned 30, I decided to celebrate by creating a "30 While 30 Book List," which consisted of reading 30 books in my 30th year. The list consisted of my reading weaknesses, i.e. classics I've been putting off, books that have been on my shelf for years, books left unfinished, etc. My book review will be posted shortly, but I am happy to report that I did it!

So now what? I felt so accomplished and now there was a sort of goal-driven void. So I thought, why can't turning 31 be just as exciting, filled with reflection and goal setting? How can I spice it up? So I decided to keep with the yearly goal train and have dedicated my 31st year to a different weakness of mine: daily rituals. 

But Randi, you may be wondering, you're a yoga teacher and seem so put together! Aren't you a master of discipline? Why would daily rituals be a weakness of yours? Don't you have it all figured out? 

I'm sorry to disappoint, but the answer is no. And secret, no one has it all figured out. But, I'm more of a free spirit, you see. I'm not defined by rules or schedules or disciplines! I'm defined by being spontaneous, adventurous, easy going! None of this daily ritual business. Or at least this is what I have been.

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