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What a great question!
I find that as I continue on my healthy journey that many of my rituals involve food!
I am hoping that others have some ideas for us both!
What I do so far is try and make the treat rituals as healthy as possible. In your case, maybe a healthy cookie? Less cookies at once? Just the tea?
Perhaps a ritual involving notes or messages or a set phrase that you repeat to each other.
With my children, I often repeat the same phrase over and over, and it becomes a ritual. For example, sometimes I say to my kids: "Out of all the [age of child] year old children in the world (and there's a LOT), and all the mommies of [age of child] year old children in the world (and there's a LOT), I get to be [name of child]'s mommy. And that makes me the luckiest mommy in the world!"
They are now teenagers, but I bet if I said it sometimes now, I would get a smile, and probably a hug!
God is closer to us than water is to a fish.
- St. Catherine of Sienna
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.
- Psalm 127:1
My fiance and I have a ritual of making tea together at night, which is wonderful. However, we both have a habit of having tea cookies every single night together to relax/celebrate. My fiance is currently away, so our "tea and cookie" ritual keeps us feeling close. I am genuinely so happy to speak with him that I feel like celebrating by having a cookie and tea with him.
Are there any (non-food) rituals to express your happiness that have worked for you? I would like to stop using cookies to celebrate the excitement I feel.
Edited by: JENNA_CLARE at: 5/23/2012 (10:35)