Letting Go with Ceremony
LET IT GO. Such a simple little phrase which can be incredibly difficult to embrace.
Why A Ceremony?
Momentous occasions in life are often celebrated in meaningful and potent ways. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, births, and deaths - each one is honoured with ceremony. We need to commemorate the releasing of our old wounds with the same respect.
If we consciously create the space to recognize our struggles, develop a personal toolbox of healing elements, and find forgiveness and acceptance for our journeys, we discover ways to move beyond our darkness and into our light.
Whether you are carving out five minutes during your work day or dedicating several hours deep in nature, your intention is what matters the most. Ceremonies allow us to recognize the universal qualities between beings, and things. They highlight our importance as specks of dust in the macrocosm of life.
Choosing your tools.
Create your ceremony and space with purpose. Add the elements of nature, so that the Universe is with you. The size or shape of the item doesn’t matter, as long as it is significant to you.
Earth - soil, flora, spices, herbs, wood, bones, or stones.
Air - pranayama (breath work), incense, or a feather.
Water - rain, a bath, or a body of water.
Fire - a candle, a fire pit, or a shell with two sticks burning inside.
Know why you are using each item and how it will support your intention. Spend some time with every piece. Notice the detail and then zoom out and see it with a soft eye.
Feel its texture and temperature, smell it, taste it, caress it. Make it a part of you - blow into the object and share your essence, your DNA.
In those moments find forgiveness and acceptance.
"Know that every feeling that comes up is valid. Feel it for all it is worth, for as long as you need."
As you are performing your ceremony, ask yourself two questions:
The answers to these questions could be simple - one word that is the distillation of what you are working towards or away from, or it could be very specific.
Know that every feeling that comes up is valid. Feel it for all it is worth, for as long as you need. There is no right or wrong. Your ceremony is your ceremony. Free yourself from the confines of being polite or proper and do what your intuition is guiding you to do.
Shake a rattle, bang a drum, cry, scream, howl, moan, laugh, dance, crumble, stand tall. Do not shy away from your primal nature, but be tender with the integration.
Feel it all.
Hear it all.
Taste it all.
Then let it go.
Whenever Jes von Henzke isn’t in school studying to be a Registered Massage Therapist, you can find her teaching yoga, climbing mountains, dipping her head and toes in the ocean, or beating her drum and singing. For more information about her or her schedule, scope out http://www.facebook.com/SadayaYogaJes.