I want to share something with you. I have been writing a lot about scheduling and being organized for the last few weeks in my newsletters. Both of these two things are so integral to opening the doors to your creative self.
However, that then gets me thinking about being TOO organized and TOO structured and so I come back to this ritual; Writing a List of the Things I Love. Below, I share this ritual that was given to me through several different coaches over the years. It is very simple, yet very profound.
About every 6 months or so, I will come back to this ritual and explore what I am noticing. It is about finding JOY that is already present in your daily life. A ritual to help you to notice those little things in your life that just light you up, make you happy and bring you peace. They are very, very simple things that you do already.
What if it was that easy? To find the joy and simplicity in what you do already and bring that to the forefront of your days.
Here are the steps for the ritual of writing a list of the things you love.
1. Get out your journal and a favorite pen or pencil
2. Get into a comfortable spot
3. Plan out 20 minutes for your time to write
4. List out every single thing that you LOVE to do…big, small, crazy, comfortable…anything that brings you joy
5. If you hear that voice in your head telling you something negative, let it pass. This is YOUR list. Everything that is important to you can be listed there. You are safe.
6. Once you are finished writing, read back though your list and bask in the joys that are a part of you
7. Close your journal
8. Later, open that journal up again and add more to your list at any time
9. When your journal is open again, circle the top three things on your list
10. Choose one of the things from your circled list. Do that thing as many times in the coming week as you can.
11. Enjoy the beautiful things in life that bring you joy! They are important. YOU are important.
Number your list 1-50. Really dig in and find 50 things that bring you joy. It might seem daunting at first, but stick with it! If you get 25 things written, and need to take some time away, do that. Then, as you go through your days, see what comes up while noticing all of the things in a day that bring you joy.
When I first created my list, I began in my journal it was daunting to list 50 things! Then, as the days went by and I would notice another moment of joy, I would write on whatever was at hand; a sticky note, a napkin, a nearby notebook!. I then brought all of those thoughts together into one location, one big list.
I discovered that the things on my list were anything from petting the cat, sitting and having a cup of tea, walking in nature, practicing yoga…reading. Those very simple things that you might think, sheesh, I won’t put THAT on the list. Your mind might sneak in and start to tell you your ideas a silly, but you are nudged to notice that that activity brings you JOY! So put that on your list!
Take some time out to discover what brings you true joy. Seek out the moments that bring you back to who you truly are. Revel in the little activities that bring you back to your own unique center.
I would love to hear what you discover!