Ritual helps us mark a moment in time, designating that something important is going to happen. It’s a way to work with our environment and to use external form to anchor something deeply into our consciousness.
Optional items to get for the ritual and this month’s cycle:
How to create your ritual...
1. Set the scene
Create the setting for your ritual by either tidying up your space, burning some nice smells, decorating it with seasonal things like autumn leaves.
2. Light a candle (or a fire)
Bring in the element of fire to officially open the ritual.
3. Sit in silence
For a few minutes, just sit in silence, letting the rest of the day subside, and bring your focus to the present moment, so you can really land “in” the ritual.
4. Put on the Alalaho November Cycle playlist
You can keep it on for the duration of the ritual or turn it off at any moment.
5. Reflect on what you are grateful for
Don't force it, be open to what comes up and make a mental note of it. This is a great way to begin, by opening up to all that is available to us in our lives.
6. Read this month's poem
Out loud or in your head.
7. Free-flow writing
Put 10 minutes on your timer or a meditation app (Insight Timer for example) and write free-style, being open to whatever may come up. The idea is to access your subconscious mind by writing freely rather than thinking about and analysing or critiquing what you are writing. A good way to do this is just to keep writing without letting the pen come off the page.
8. Reflect on your intentions for the month, use our meditation as a guide for this process
Like the trees shedding their leaves, what can you let go of this season? What no longer serves you?
And harvesting the growth and learning of this year, what seeds are you planting and nourishing over the next month, so that they may sprout and blossom later on?
Find between 1 and 3 things for each question. Write them down clearly and succinctly, ready to put them somewhere in your home or place of work, so that you can see them daily.
Take a moment to tune into your longing and your intention for joining the programme. What is it that you long for most deeply in your life? Why did you sign up? Feel into the parts of you that had enough trust to sign up, and whether you can commit to trusting the process for this one cycle, to go through the motions, even when you meet resistance, impatience, scepticism? How many times a week feels right for you to do the weekly practice? How do you want to engage with the community?
9. Speak your intentions and commitment to the programme out loud.
This might feel silly, but there is a power in hearing the sounds of your intention spoken, and a commitment that comes from speaking it.
10. Close the ritual by singing the song for this month
Let it go
Let it out
Let it all
Let it free
And it can be
On which to travel
11. Seal the ritual by blowing out the candle.