One of the primary rituals I do throughout every day is to bless, thank, and send love to all the objects I encounter in my daily life. As strange as this may sound, it’s important to remember that everything you encounter is comprised of particles, energy, and elements that are as alive as those that comprise your body, and that everything is sentient in its particular way. You have a living relationship with everything you encounter and the quality of your interactions has an impact.
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For example, when I empty the dishwasher, I thank each item as I put it away and then thank and bless the dishwasher for its service when I close it. When I use my computer or other gadgets, I give thanks and send love to them as a matter of course. We work together and without them I couldn’t be doing much of what I am called to do everyday.
To do this ritual, which is really an ongoing way of moving through the world, explore the following and see how you might adapt it to your particular sensibility and lifestyle. What follows is how I engage the process, but you may create something different that embodies the same intention to offer thanks, love, and blessings to the objects in your life:
For these rituals, it is always a good idea to focus yourself in your heart perception and intelligence. Heart awareness inevitably orients you to connection, relationship, and oneness, and you may find that focusing your awareness there enhances your experience of the object as a sentient being.
Choose an object that you interact with all the time, with the intention to engage it with an
awareness that it is sentient and alive in its own unique ways—perhaps your coffee cup, your computer, your smart phone, your stove or shower, whatever you feel moved to choose.
Notice what you experience when you approach this object with the recognition that it is alive, even if it appears to be inert and inorganic.
Pay attention to the awareness that arises from your heart space as you connect with this object. Offer it your thanks and notice how that feels. If you also offer it a blessing or send it love, notice what you experience as you stay focused in your heart space.
If it feels all right to you, allow yourself to bring this simple ritual into your relationship with more objects in your life and, eventually, to all “things” you encounter along the way. You may discover that engaging your world with an acknowledgment of the life in everything, offering thanks, blessings, and love, your experience of everyday life will become richer and more oriented on the presence of the sacred all around you.
Joan Copperman says
What a blessing with perfect timing. I am entering a week with a sibling to clean out the storage unit of the belongings of my mother who died a year ago. A very painful process as I have made all her belongings into transitional objects of sorts. While different from this ritual, this ritual “gives me permission” to engage in the process with a different awareness and helps sooth my heart. Thank you.
Nancy Napier says
I’m so glad that this ritual offers support at such a challenging time, Joan. Thank you for sharing how it offered you permission to be in the process of going through the storage unit in a way that helps to soothe your heart.