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Finding Peace Within

Lessons on Healing Yourself and Creating a More Compassionate World

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Lesson 1, Day 6: Include healing rituals every day.

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Healing is a Decision

Inhale deeply through the nose, hold the breath, exhale completely through the mouth. Hands on your heart. Soften your shoulders and your jaw. Fill your belly on the inhale, push the air out of your mouth, making the sound of “ha” as you slowly exhale. Tell yourself, “I love and respect you.”

This practice will become as natural to you as washing your hands. In fact, this ritual can be done every time you wash your hands as you mindfully commit to healing. We all have habits, daily rituals that we adhere to without a thought. We perform these acts several times each day.

Lesson 1 in this course has introduced three healing rituals that will become daily habits for you if you allow it. Controlled breathing, the affirmation to love and respect yourself, and the act of journaling and recognizing people and things for which you are grateful are daily healing rituals. Washing hands, taking a shower or brushing your teeth become easy activities to add on to with these new practices.

How many times a day do you look at your phone? What is on your lock screen? Is there an image that immediately invokes a feeling of love? Is there a peaceful place you go to for just a few seconds each time you see it? Or is there a message of hate or separation? A joke that is derisive or vulgar? An image that invokes cruelty or empty materialism? Be aware of the rituals you unknowingly created. Change that image to invoke healing.

Set a reminder for your rituals. Look back at your list of toxic choices from Day 2. Write down where you can replace one of these with the activity of sitting, breathing and allowing love and acceptance to flow through you. Program an alarm on your phone or other device, or simply write it on a calendar as a reminder to breathe and center yourself.

Choose a time of day for writing in your journal. First thing in the morning, on a lunch break or right before bed, depending upon your schedule. Consistency leads to ritual.

Affirmation: I commit to include healing rituals every day, several times a day. The life I have led, the choices I have made and the environment in which I exist have all contributed to my dis-ease. I choose today to create new rituals, new choices and a new environment.


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