Routine and Ritual

Soothing music, candles, essential oils, low lighting, these are tools that I have used to set the stage when teaching yoga classes. It allowed students to begin to bring their awareness to the mat and leave their stress at the door.

Taking a bath, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, the reading of a favorite book, are cues used to help my children be ready for bed. They knew it was time to wind down, relax and prepare to sleep.

A cup of tea, my journal, inhaling deeply as I extend my arms wide, sweeping them over my head until my palms touch, then exhaling as I bring thumbs to my heart prepares my mind to express thoughts.

This week, I realized that while I had established several routines and rituals in my life, I had yet to create one to open or close my studio time. This event has always been worked around my family schedule. Run kids to school. Work for 2 hours. Go to grocery store. Work for 1 hour. Eat lunch. Work for an hour or two. Pick up kids from school. Run to lessons or sports. Fix dinner. Clean up. Put kids to bed. Work until the work gets done. Sound familiar?

Now I find myself in a transition. Next fall my kids will, for the most part be on the same school day time schedule. Yipee! Goodbye 3 separate drop off and pick up times. Hello, consistent extended studio time and a new routine.

How shall I open and close my creative studio hours? Maybe it’s lighting a candle when I come into my studio, playing my favorite song or preparing another cup of tea. Perhaps, I will ceremoniously close the door and take a quick walk around the block to clear my head and be ready for family time at the close business each day. I’m not sure what it will look like but I have learned that it is important to have those transition markers. Let me ask you, how do you make it work?