Create Your Own Rituals - Commonplace - The Commoncog Blog

I read a lovely newsletter (essay? post?) by Ava Huang about five weeks ago, titled Routines, Rituals, and Meaning, and was convinced enough to give it a go; I started performing a coffee ritual every morning before work. Yes, I know how crazy that sounds. The ritual would go something like this: I would aeropress 250 ml of black, hot gold into my favourite mug, and then I would meditate five minutes on the balcony, staring out at the morning, steaming mug at my side. After five minutes of breathing, I would sip the coffee, slowly, thinking about nothing in particular, with the tacit understanding that when the mug was empty I had to get up, and go indoors, and fire up my computer and get to work.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

I have been doing rituals for a long time but never stop to think with the lens that small habits becomes a ritual when you add more intention or meaning to it. That’s clever and seems to make sense based on my experience.

In my experience, the benefit of these rituals before starting deep work is that it acts as a primer, ensuring you have a clear state of mind.

One concern I have with rituals is around the potential of becoming “slave” of a ritual where you depend of a certain routine to have a specific output. It’s probably a silver lining.

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Oh, this is interesting. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this. Thank you for sharing your experience! :bowing_man:

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