The rhythm of our lives are often dictated by elements beyond our control such as work and family demands. Very often we also fall into habits: switching on the phone when we are getting up, having a coffee first thing, listening to the news…

The moment we wake up is one of the most precious moments in the day. Our mind is still spacious as we transition from sleep into awakening, our habitual thought patterns do not immediately kick in and we are in that transient state of openness. It is wonderful to seize this pause every day for some rituals that will inevitably infuse our day with a greater state of awareness and awe. A ritual that I have been following every morning for the last few years is to “wake up the house!”

My dog Inspector Closeau “receiving“ the gong.

I do this by using my Tibetan singing bowl and some burning sage. As I walk around the house I stop at the various images and objects that mean a lot to me: a photograph of my deceased father, a buddha statue found in a remote region of Cambodia where my son is from, the view of the majestic spruce trees in my garden and always above my dog who obviously by now knows what to expect and ceremoniously lifts his head to “receive” the gong. He does not like the sage though……

I walk around and connect with gratitude and honor each animate or inanimate being that I encounter. As I do this I nurture my particular web of connections, of all my relations, as the Native Americans so beautifully say. I then extend my attention outwards to the rivers, the oceans, the forests and all sentient beings reminding myself that we are all connected way beyond our most intimate circle. This rituals takes only 5 minutes or so but it does provide a wonderful gateway into my day.

What ritual can you see yourself doing every morning to honor each new day? Feel free to share with me by e-mailing me, or connect with me on Instagram @FelicitasCoaching.