Hushed reticence – nightly ritual

It is vital that we consider the care of our own bodies, soul and spirits in maintaining health and wellness.

Balance is key in anything we do with this life and learning ways to relax become important components in letting go of stress, both the good and the negative.

Quite awhile ago, I began to become intentional about my nighttime routines.

I choose a room where I know I will not be disturbed by phones, TV, noise or distractions, letting my husband know I will be entering into my alone time.

Taking time at the end of my day to collect my thoughts and let go of what causes stress, focusing on the good feelings I remember from my day, lifting all that bothers me to God in asking for His continued guidance and intervention have become moments I guard as sacred times.

I eagerly anticipate these spaces of hushed reticence where I can just be me, with no pressure in having to do tasks, not having to attend to anyone, not having to do anything, but just allowing all of whom I am to sink into that space of quiet.

I begin to slowly unwind from my day in silence lying down or sometimes put on some soft melodic music, tapering my energies in allowing myself to drift into this state of just being.

I breathe deeply in, exhaling slowing, in and out, in and out, harmonizing my breath in the solace of space.

There are times I light a couple of candles to help in creating a soft environment, conducive for relaxation in aiding me to untangle myself from all the stuff left over from the tasks of my day and events of the world.

I may drop one or two of my favorite organic essential oils in my diffuser in saturating my senses with pleasant fragrances, conducive for sleep.

I reflect on scriptures, God and life in these moments, grateful, thankful and honored to be alive and to have this gift called life.ย  Special, sacred blessed solace in being known by God and seeking to know Him deeper.

Creating spaces where we can learn to let go of all the stuff from our day so we don’t carry or harbor high energy emotional remnants in our bodies, for these inhibit creativity and deter us from growing into our full potential.

SOOTHING NIGHTTIME GOLDEN MILK FOR SLEEP

One delicious treat that helps to calm our bodies, reduce the cortisol build up, and increase sensations of peace and relaxation is Golden Milk.

There are variations to this recipe, but making up a batch of this and sipping on it prior to choosing the room for my own reflections, helps to settle our digestive system, nerves and all that has been trapped in our bodies from our interactions and tasks of the day.

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RECIPE
Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2 teaspoons honey, plus additional to taste (I use unfiltered raw honey)
1 1/2 teaspoons almond butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Organic Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Organic Ground Turmeric
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger
Optional additions: tiny pinch ground black pepper, ground cardamom, or ground cloves

Directions:

Combine the milk, honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and any optional spices in a small saucepan. Heat over medium until warmed through, whisking briskly so that the almond butter does not stick to the bottom and the spices incorporate. Do not let boil. Pour into a mug and sip deeply.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container such as a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

PREP TIME: 2 minutes
COOK TIME: 3 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR ONE SERVING SIZE:

Calories: 129 Calories
Total Fat: 5g
Sodium: 181mg
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 12g
Protein: 3g

 

Try this recipe out and let me know how it works out for you!

 

 

Living Intentionally

Lorraine

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