What If you did everything with intention?
Have you ever had one of those days that just flies by? Like you blinked after waking up and it was night time, and you were doing your nightly routine? I have a lot of these days. I asked myself why does it feel like today flew by?
I realized that when I’m not fully present, when I’m pre-occupied, when I’m thinking about one thing while doing another, time seems to compress. Then I’m left feeling like I didn’t do what I planned to do, but I spent my time and energy doing something, so I can’t get it back. This state of being frustrates me. I want to have less days and moments like this.
So I started putting intention and presence into everything I did. When I sat down to work, the intention was to focus and complete whatever task I had in front of me. I brought my awareness into the moment with a few deep breaths. I allowed this intention to keep my mind on track.
This is an example of turning work into a ritual. Placing just a sprinkle of sacred energy onto what’s in front of me to make it more unique, more special, and more complete.
You can channel this intention of the importance of the moment at any point in time. Even if you’re doing something seemingly mundane, you can always remember that there won’t ever be an exact re-creation of the moment you’re in right now. The current state of your mind, body, spirit, and the world around you is in a special place, one that can’t ever be re-created exactly.
How does your day change if you move with this awareness, with appreciation for each moment? Appreciating the moment doesn’t mean you have to have your eyes closed or sit down for some ceremony. It’s more of how you go about things. Do you wash the dishes for reverence that you have temperature controlled water at your disposal at the turn of a tap? Do you make and eat dinner with an appreciation for the complex supply chains and chemistry that occurs when you interact with food?
This may feel like a lot. But I’d argue that approaching every day as a ritual feels better than approaching every day on automatic.
What are some of your favorite rituals? I’d love to hear about them.