I clock out of work at lunch on Fridays – which is a super luxury, I know. And, if I don’t have anything planned for the afternoon (which I usually don’t), then I head straight home and celebrate sinking into the weekend with a few rituals to help me down shift + ground down.
And since it’s Friday today, I thought I’d create a little post to share with you what I do and why I do it. But, first, a little about having Friday rituals. Or really about rituals in general.
We spend so much time just do the things we do. Regular, everyday things. Without thinking about them really. They’re habit or routine or just plain ole responsibility. And we feel that our life has no meaning sometimes. And if we crave something spiritual or sacred or meaningful, we feel like we have to go way out of ourselves and our regular lives to find that or make that possible. Like we have to be some saint or yogi or guru. Or that we have to be in a special place to feel those spiritual feelings.
But, I’m here to tell you that that ain’t how it is!
We are sacred beings. Every space is a sacred space. So, all we need in order to create, experience, feel, and live a sacred, meaningful life is to really just be aware. It’s so simple that it’s hard to explain.
One of the most important things that I believe that I can do is to share the message that you are sacred + special, and that every single space from our home to our workplace to our backyard to the ocean to a synagogue to every-fuckin-where is sacred. We don’t have to go anywhere or be anything. The sacred is right here, right now. It’s just to up us to awaken to that truth.
This is one of my deep truths that my priestess soul is here to share.
The reason that I love rituals, the reason that I have created my own ritual for Friday afternoons, is because I want to bring a sense of mindfulness, awareness, and magic as I transition from work mode to weekend mode. And it was just as simple as taking the things that I normally did, like changing my clothes + washing my face, when I get home + expanding them into a time of simply being present + aware.
So, here is what I do when I get home pretty much every Friday. It’s a time that I am home alone, so it has become an extended self-care ritual. A time when I give thanks for the week that has been + a time when I give thanks for the renewal that lies ahead for the weekend.
And that’s it. I’m all relaxed and in weekend mode now. I’ve released the work week that has been and set the tone for my weekend.
My Friday rituals are a chance for me to wind down + get grounded. And that’s the perfect way to ease into this first weekend in May. As I mentioned in my last post, this is the season for grounding down. So, even if we are active, even if life is busy, and even if we love that it’s active + busy, it always pays to take a few moments to slow down. 30 seconds. An afternoon. An hour. Whatever.
One very easy way to create space for slowing down is to create a ritual for yourself. Something as easy as changing your mindset as you wash your face at night or in the morning so that you are aware of what you are doing makes all the difference.
And the more you practice or create rituals, the more rituals you will practice + create. And, before you know it, you will feel, you will know, just how sacred + spiritual you and every place on earth really is.
Blessed weekend, sacred souls. xoxo. liz.