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« Topic Start: June 27, 2011, 03:16:10 pm »

Good evening.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the worst day's in a long time. I wont bore you with the details, unless you want me too Smiley

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated Cheesy
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« Reply #1: June 27, 2011, 03:27:03 pm »

Good evening.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the worst day's in a long time. I wont bore you with the details, unless you want me too Smiley

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated Cheesy

Well, it's not a ritual in the religious sense, but I find that two hours of yoga a week keep me calm for a couple days. However I don't know if you like doing sports at all.
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« Reply #2: June 27, 2011, 03:35:52 pm »

Good evening.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the worst day's in a long time. I wont bore you with the details, unless you want me too Smiley

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated Cheesy

Have you smudged yourself in a while? To drive off the negative energies and get yourself more centered?
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« Reply #3: June 27, 2011, 03:39:12 pm »

Good evening.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the worst day's in a long time. I wont bore you with the details, unless you want me too Smiley

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated Cheesy
You could have a nice relaxing purification bath, and to the Lesser Pentagram rituals, Banishing to banish the negativity, and Invoking to bring the energies more soothing. Yoga, as mentioned, is good too, especially the pranayama exercises that can be tied into meditation. 
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« Reply #4: June 27, 2011, 03:50:46 pm »

Good evening.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the worst day's in a long time. I wont bore you with the details, unless you want me too Smiley

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated Cheesy

How about 5 or 10 mins of meditation/grounding?  Sometimes just deep breaths help.  Or a nice relaxing cup of tea.

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« Reply #5: June 27, 2011, 03:58:57 pm »

Well, it's not a ritual in the religious sense, but I find that two hours of yoga a week keep me calm for a couple days. However I don't know if you like doing sports at all.

I do this. Only with hockey instead of yoga. It's not just being active, since I don't get the same calm and general happy feeling just by going for a run. Something about being on ice just does something extra. And although not religious on it's own, I can incorporate it in a little bit. Of course, for me, that's just talking to the gods and perhaps an offering of beer.
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« Reply #6: June 27, 2011, 03:59:32 pm »

How about 5 or 10 mins of meditation/grounding?  Sometimes just deep breaths help.  Or a nice relaxing cup of tea.


Meditation sounds like a great idea, I will definately try it Smiley



Yoga is not quite my style, I do however work out at the gym and play soccer once a week, but its not quite relaxing Tongue

UlsterYank, could you explain the rituals you mentioned? They seemed really interresting Smiley
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« Reply #7: June 27, 2011, 09:11:45 pm »

Late to the discussion, because I've had a complicated (but I hope really good) day with a day-long interview...

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

I usually start with a long bath, with a bunch of cleansing/purifying stuff thrown in. My usual default starting place is a combination of:

1) a handful or two of sea salt or a mix of sea salt and epsom salts

2) some appropriate essential oils (total of 5-10 drops per bath): rosemary and lavender are both pretty cheap, but I have other stuff around so my current favorite blend is a mix of juniper, clary sage, grapefruit, and fennel (all of which are detoxing/cleansing effects medicinally)

3) some sort of appropriate soap or other stuff. (I usually have a bar of a sea-salt based soap handy, usually some sort of face mask, etc.)

Generally, I apply the face mask to myself, myself to the bath, and sit there reading something that makes me feel better until the water is cooling, at which point I do a more deliberate energetic cleansing. (there's more on that over on my website here: http://gleewood.org/seeking/practices/energetic-self-care/ though you might find other stuff under the Practices tab also useful.)

Other stuff that's helpful to me:
- a playlist of music that makes me feel better. (adapted for what kind of 'better' is helpful.)

- reading stuff that reminds me of what I care about - sometimes that's fiction, sometimes it's non-fiction, sometimes it's Pagan stuff.

- being extra careful to take care of myself as much as I can: eat foods that make me feel good and that I enjoy, an extra little treat I might not always do, plenty of sleep, that kind of thing.

- meditation or ritual work, depending on how much energy I have: this one has fallen out of my repertoire a bit over the last 18 months, because for health reasons, energy and focus were the things I was short on, and I wasn't able to use some of my preferred approaches as easily. (These days, it's a bit better.)
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« Reply #8: June 28, 2011, 10:31:00 am »

Good evening.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the worst day's in a long time. I wont bore you with the details, unless you want me too Smiley

Basically what I'm asking for is an idea or suggestion for a ritual or ceremony, which is calm and soothing and just helps me to relax and become motivated for the next couple of days.

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated Cheesy

What helps me the most is regular exercise and grounding/centering/shielding when I need an extra boost. Getting out into nature, too, even in the form of just a short walk through the woods, really helps with emotional balance as well. There are lots of great suggestions in this thread, you could try them all out and see what works for you.
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