Connecting with ourselves on a deeper, more meaningful level takes a lot of devotion and self-awareness. One of the best ways to do this is by practicing daily rituals. As a way to fight off stress, boost confidence, alleviate symptoms of grief or connect with others, rituals are intended to impact your life and your future in a positive manner.
While you may have a sense of what a ritual is and how it affects your life, did you know that even the practice of preparing a delicious beverage counts as a ritual? Follow along as we discuss the importance of practicing rituals and how State B cannabis beverages can be a part of your journey to better health and wellbeing.
What is a Ritual?
A ritual is an intentional behaviour that can be performed at any time of the day. Used to give us a sense of certainty and predictability, rituals can help ease our grief and strengthen our relationships. These powerful yet very simple practices can be catered to your own unique preferences, hobbies or passions.
Rituals can be practiced for many different reasons. While some people perform rituals on a daily basis to give them a sense of peace and inner calmness, others perform rituals to fulfill their religious obligations or to strengthen social bonds.
Common examples of rituals include:
- Holiday rituals such as decorating a christmas tree or opening presents
- Cultural rituals such as christening a baby or attending a Sunday church service
- Everyday rituals such as a firm handshake
- Annual birthday celebrations
- Prayer or meditation practices
- Family dinners
Habits vs. Rituals
Oftentimes mistaken for one another, habits and rituals are two very different practices.
Habits are a learned behaviour that becomes more automatic over time. As you continue to perform this behavior, the habit will use very little thought or energy — almost like a reflex. Some examples of habits that we have learned over time include brushing our teeth before bed, putting our seatbelt on before starting the car, puting the milk in a bowl before the cereal, and so on. There are even some unhealthy habits like nail biting or texting while driving which require more conscious effort to stop practicing.
Unlike a habit, a ritual demands your full attention and presence in the moment. These sort of practices are both sacred and powerful since they go above and beyond what you do in your day to day. Rather than going about your day in an unconscious, mindless manner, rituals have intention, energy and commitment behind them.
Benefits of Performing Rituals
1. Rituals Help Alleviate Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety
Rituals help to decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety by offering us a sense of predictability in our lives. Given that they are highly structured practices, oftentimes needing to be performed the “right” way, they give us a sense of control in our lives. In choosing order over chaos, we are able to discover more peace and harmony from within.
2. Rituals Give Us a Way to Connect with Others
Another benefit of a ritual is that it can be shared with two or more people. When given the opportunity to come together as a collective group, rituals offer a sense of belonging and common identity. A 2002 study on rituals and family relationships indicates that families who participate in this behaviour display less conflict, more generosity and an elevated sense of competence.
3. Rituals Help Us Grieve
For centuries, humans have practiced a variation of grieving rituals to help mourn the loss of a loved one. With loss comes emotional unrest. Since rituals are intended to restore more control in your lives, this also helps us cope more productively with grief. Some examples of grieving rituals include spreading the ashes of a loved one, planting a tree or flowers in memory of a loved one, or visiting the site where your loved one passed away.
How Cannabis Can Be Incorporated into Your Daily Rituals
You may be familiar with the act of rolling a joint or mixing up a cocktail. Although you’re able to purchase a pre-rolled joint from the dispensary or a pre-made cocktail from a restaurant, the action of performing these rituals can give you a sense of peace and accomplishment. Although for most of us, this may feel a little like a mindless task. In reality, it takes energy and passion to do it the way you like each and every time, making it a ritual.
Drinking cannabis is no different!
The presence of a ritual in the preparation of a beverage of your choice has a lot to do with our search for order or perfection. Dedicating your attention to detail and purposeful actions, you can discover an extraordinary ritual as you curate your very own cannabis cocktail.
One of the most unique aspects of the State B cannabis-infused beverages is that they offer a ton of creativity in how they’re consumed. While they are delightful fresh out of the can, there are endless possibilities in flavour combinations that can captivate your senses. It’s up to you if you’d like to get creative and make up your own unique cannabis-infused beverage or try out one of our recipes.
Over To You
Since there is no right or wrong way to perform your rituals, the focus is on how it makes you feel in the moment. Through practicing your rituals, you can find out what is serving you — whether that be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Perhaps it’s the aromas from the freshly cut garnish, the explosive flavours of your cannabis concoction, or the feelings of triumph in creating the perfect beverage for your Sunday afternoon.
Let us know in the comments how you’ve integrated cannabis into your daily rituals!