Of all the holidays it seems like Valentine’s Day gets the most flack. The most common arguments I hear about why Valentine’s Day sucks are the following:
- It is a holiday created for the sole purpose of financial gain.
- You should be telling the people you love them every day, not only on Valentine’s Day.
- It is a holiday which makes you feel bad if you don’t have someone special to share it with.
All arguments that I can see the truth in, yet I still love the holiday. I only have one Valentine’s Day I remember spending with someone special. I have been single for all the rest. And from what I remember the Valentine’s Day where I actually had a boyfriend was probably my least favourite of them all. It wasn’t because we didn’t have a great day, or that he wasn’t a wonderful guy, to be honest I don’t really know why I didn’t have a great day that year. I think it had something to do with that the day held so much more pressure to be awesome when I actually had someone to spend it with. No one expects you to have a good time on February 14th if you aren’t attached.
Today’s Gratefulness Challenge post makes my Saturday sound a lot calmer than it actually was. Perhaps I should go to yoga before a full work day more often. Apparently the zen feeling carries all the way through the day.
1. Ritual: It can be as simple as always having the same morning routine, but there is something about ritual that is so soothing and spiritual. Some rituals that are very important to me include my warm up before starting a dance class, making my bed before leaving the house, journaling before going to bed and checking post secrets every Sunday morning around 12:30am. Also, all my favourite physical activities include a form of ritual. C-I Training, yoga and dance are all very full of ritual. I even find myself drawn to the teachers who make the ritualistic component of these activities a focus in their teaching style. For me ritual brings brings a sense of peace and helps me remain centred within my body. Partaking in rituals grounds me and brings focus to my busy life. When I am centred within myself I feel free to enjoy chaos that might be taking place around me.