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Sep 23

The Little Rituals of Life that Bond and Nourish

Baby John's 1st Football Saturday!

Baby John’s 1st Football Saturday!

In the hustle and bustle of life, I have often found that the little rituals of life that I have setup not only help ground me, but also help to nourish various parts of my life, by maintaining important bonds with my friends and family. For example:

1) Every morning, when I get to the office, I always have my first cup of coffee in silence, before I even turn my computer on. This lets me relax, and focus on the tasks at hand, as well ground myself.

2) On days when I can, I always try to set aside 10 to 20 minutes during lunch for meditation or contemplation.

3) Every Tuesday or Thursday, my in-laws host a big family dinner. While this may seem horrible to many people, I am blessed to have great in-laws, and it is always a great time to catch-up and just spend time together.

4) Every Friday I try to have a big lunch with friends. This gives us a chance to catch-up, and stay connected. Some Friday’s we may have four people, and some Friday’s it may be standing room only, but no matter what it is a great time!

5) Every Saturday morning my son and I go to the doughnut shop together. While not the healthiest ritual, it gives us a chance for “guy time” as my four year old calls it. We talk about the previous week of school, and our big plans for the weekend.

6) I am extremely lucky that I married someone who likes college football almost as much as I do. So when football season comes around we will try to get all of our chores done by 11:00 am, so that we can watch the first kick-off, and generally we will stay up until the last game is over.

While these little rituals may seem trivial, they have become very important to my life, and they each serve a unique purpose. I often hear people say that they don’t have time to take care of themselves, to meditate, to spend time with friends, or to spend time with their families. I have found that I have to make time for myself, my friends, and my family. I have a very hectic work schedule, and with an almost two hour round-trip commute, I have to make a habit out of the little rituals that help fulfill and nourish the various areas of my life.

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” – Warren Buffett

As always, thanks for reading, and please share what little rituals you have carved out of your time for grounding, bonding, or nourishment.

Also, please check out my book, “The Path: Using the Religions of the World as a Guide to Personal and Spiritual Development.” (Click the Book Cover to view on Amazon.com)

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  1. Maarit Suokas-Alanko's blog

    I really liked to read about your rituals. Thanks for sharing.
    One of my own rituals is this: a 15-20 minutes morning walk during which I try to remain open to the nature around me. No hurry, no goal, just keeping my senses open, and no thinking – which is of course the most difficult part. 😉

  2. Jessica J Marshall

    I have been anxiously awaiting football season so we could enjoy our relaxing Saturdays watching ball together as a family. I love the little things in life that make me happy :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jessica J Marshall

    I have been anxiously awaiting football season so we could enjoy our relaxing Saturdays watching ball together as a family. I love the little things in life that make me happy :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kristi

    Thanks for sharing your awesome routine. I have a similar routines. I’d like to add more time with family and friends to my week, but time seems to slip out of my hands. Meditation is my favorite activity. Do you also practice unofficial meditation like during eating, walking etc?

    1. Jason E. Marshall

      I do try to incorporate mindfulness techniques in my daily activities like walking, eating, or just enjoying a cup of coffee. I have found that mindfulness allows me to stay more connected to my inner-self and the world around me, rather than let me “monkey mind” wreak havoc.

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