Cultivate Ceremonies of Personal Pleasure

Today I’m sick.  I feel rotten.  While that isn’t what I want to talk about, it is what made me think about pleasure, spoiling myself, hot soup and fuzzy slippers. 

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Photo by Crystal DeverSometimes when life smacks us, whether it is emotional, physical, relationship, financial, whatever, it is the time that we take a time-out.  Settle into those comfort ceremonies that warm our soul and allow us to close our eyes for a moment and forget the momentary circumstances. 

For me, it is many things, but one of them is hot soup and bread.   Few things make me feel as good as quickly as something that tickles my senses in more than one area.  Great scents of homemade soup and piping hot bread and butter brings me back to when I was a little girl and being taken care of by someone who loved me.  What is yours?

Another of my Ceremonial pleasures is my morning devotional.  If I don’t start my day with about 30 – 45 minutes of contemplation, reading, writing and just being silent by myself, I’m off-balance.  I thrive and refill.  What allows you to refill?  For some it is company, laughing, playing, talking.  For others it is the outdoors, and still others need total brainless unwinding.  Consider your own personal ceremonies and cherish and honor their place in life, and life will feel more like a pleasure than a drudgery.  

If not, there is always soup!


  1. it's emotional connecting for me. i need to share and recieve from others to fill me up! i have been drained lately and had myself a good long crying pity party the other night. it caused me to talk to my hubby though so we could focus on trying to connect more.
    we have a little shop here that makes soup in a bread bowl....that is where me and my little girl like to go together. :)
    thanks for your blog, i love it! hope you feel better fast!

  2. I do, thanks! My granddaughter turns five tomorrow. How did that happen? Connection is a big one for me too. MMMmm breadbowls! Now I want one. . .


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