Day 42 - Today is Sunday and we have no decimate plans as a household that require us to actually leave our space. We are a family that enjoys sleep so I have no early risers interrupting my Miracle Morning routine generally . I planned today to get up a little later 7:30 am and when I did it was still only me up. if any of you are parents I just want to share now I know this is a luxury most do not have consistently, so I say just do what works for you and your family and what comes will always be right because you know them and your routines and plans the best. I'm sharing my experiences.
Today I did my SAVERS routine starting with my Sit Spot silent meditation out in the garden, whilst just looking around I spotted two trees that I planted four years ago and took a moment to appreciate how big they had got! It made me smile because after my daughter was born I had decided (being a gardner and nature/tree enthusiast ) that when it came to this time of year we would buy a Christmas tree that had roots (create a lasting tradition) from our local nursery , look after and decorate it got the festive season and then plant it in the garden. To which we did for two years . Here I was today looking at these amazing trees on my garden. What I hadn't considered at all was that this tradition was going to mean I had a small forest appearing very quickly, certainly established and huge by the time the children left home and without the land available I would clearly run out of space very quickly! So we stopped , there was a third year and a Christmas tree that was planted in a half barrel with the intention to bring in year after year , again without my prior thought for its size . This one lasted 6 months before the summer hit and the sun came and I couldn't keep up with the water needs.
Todays Sit Spot got me thinking about traditions and why we start them , continue them and what this may mean to us.
Tradition is explained in the English dictionary as 'a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past'
By following or creating a tradition you are allowing yourself to cherish the feelings associated to that moment memorising it in a time capsule for years to come. It gives a chance to live in the moment , spend time with family or friends and enjoy something that is meaningful to you all. There is no rule book
I guess the most challenging part is to address the time as we live in the fast paced and technologically driven world we occupy today. Following tradition offers an excellent context for meaningful pause and reflection, comfort , connection and gratitude.
But I also realised in this time and wanted to share with you all that tradition can be enjoyed in many ways and all throught the year.
Many special occasions have tradition , birthday cake , different wedding rituals.
You can have special family time as traditions, movie nights, breakfasts together, walks in the woods , breakfast on the beach - the possibilities are endless. This is a great area to work on your friends and family level 10 life.
As today is Sunday and we are free from scheduled plans I have decided to partake in some of our festive family traditions . So today's plan is to put up our decorations , sing Christmas songs , make some mulled wine, and start making wrapping paper for present wrapping.
Enjoy your day and go share your traditions too!
I was asked for the recipie I use - source www.bbc.co.uk/food
1 bottle red wine
60g/2oz demerara sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange, halved
1 dried bay leaf
60ml/2fl oz sloe or damson gin (optional)
Star Anise (optional)
Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.
Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.
Off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin if you are using it.
Strain into heatproof glasses and serve.