There are true gems of wisdom in Robin Sharma’s list of Rituals. Each one has a universe of knowledge within it. Instead of trying to do all of them at once, focus on one new ritual a week, or even a month, so that you come to deeply know its value.
1. Ritual of Solitude
Take 15 mins to an hour reflecting on yourself wherein you explore the healing power of silence and come to know who you really are. Somewhere quiet. Know what you want from life, who you are now and whom you want to be.
2. Ritual of Physicality
A healthy body equals a healthy mind. As you prepare your body, you prepare your mind. As you train your body, you train your mind. Breathe deeply throughout the day to increase energy levels. Take a min or two to breathe deeply from the abdomen.
3. Ritual of Live Nourishment
Your diet affects your moods and it hampers the clarity of the mind. Live foods are those that are created through the interaction of the sun, air, soil and water in other words vegetables, fruits and grains!! Try not to have dead foods such as meat.
4. Ritual of Abundant Knowledge
The notion of lifelong learning and expanding your knowledge base for the good of yourself and all those around you. Take daily consistent action to apply the knowledge to realize your dreams.
5. Ritual of Personal Reflection
Taking time to get to know yourself. Every evening take time to reflect on your day thinking of your actions and whether they were positive or need improving. In order to make improvements in your life we need to find out what to improve. The only way to improve tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today.
6. Ritual of Early Awakening
We need to rise with the sun and start the day off well. Most of us sleep far more than we need to. The average person can get by on just 6 hours of sleep and remain perfectly healthy and alert. Sleep is nothing more than a habit and we can program ourselves to achieve the results we want. The ten minute period before you sleep and after you wake up profoundly influences your subconscious mind. Only the most inspiring and serene thoughts should be programmed into your mind at those times.
7. Ritual of Music
Never forget the power of music, it is one of the biggest motivators. It can change your mood instantly. Listen to something u like each day.
8. Ritual of the Spoken Word
Each morning, day and night recite a few words that will create a positive effect and instil confidence. These words should be about who you would like to be as a person but in the present tense. E.g. I am strong, I am confident, I am a business man/woman. This can be said anywhere and especially when you need to feel motivated. Remember while what you say to others is important, even more important is what you say to yourself. You are what you think about all day long. Your actions are related to your self-image.
9.Ritual of a Congruent Character
Take daily, incremental action to build your character. Strengthening your character affects the way you see yourself and the actions you take. Because the actions you take come together to form your habits, and it is your habits that will lead you to your destiny. Live by the principles of industry, compassion, humility, patience, honesty and courage and this will lead you to spiritual success.
Do the right things, act in a way that is congruent with your true character. Do things everyday to help build your character.
10. Ritual of Simplicity
Live a simple life. Focus only on your priorities, those activities that are truly meaningful and beneficial to your well-being. Your life will then be uncluttered, rewarding and exceptionally peaceful. Take pleasure in the small things and do not take anything for granted as you don’t know how long they will be around.
But the fundamental aspect to all of the rituals is time. Most of the above cannot be achieved without first planning, preparing and prioritizing your time. Time mastery is life mastery and is the basis through which we can realize our potential. Time mastery isn’t about creating time to become a workaholic, it’s about creating time to do the things you love. Start planning your weeks in advanced, sit down for an hour on a Sunday and plan your week. Or take 15 mins the night before to plan your day. But as you plan make sure to include your personal, social and spiritual development goals for the week. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Have the discipline to focus your time around your priorities. Always ask yourself “How is this benefiting ME?” whenever you do anything no matter how small.
The Ten Rituals for living a Radiant Life is from Robin Sharma’s fabulous book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
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