What is Reverence?

Reverence entails cultivating gratitude, love, acceptance and appreciation for ourselves and the world around us. When we allow our consciousness to become imbued with a deep sense of reverence, it shifts us away from focusing on lack and transcends us into an abundance mindset.

Holding reverence can manifest in our thoughts and behaviors in a myriad of different ways. It could entail honoring ourselves and our livelihood by eating healthy, practicing self-care and choosing work that inspires us, helps us grow and evolve.

As we project out into the world, our own self-love enables us to care for others and the earth. This can materialize as being kind, compassionate and helpful. We become more conscientious about the earth and are more actionable about preserving its natural resources.

How Cultivating Reverence Serves Us

Much like the cultivation of gratitude, fostering Reverence shifts our internal state into awe and appreciation. In a grounded space, we expand our ability to contribute to creating a healthy environment.

Maintaining a mindset of thankfulness enables us to perpetuate genuine happiness and peace. Imagine how being completely imbued with love and appreciation would impact our perception of life. It colors the lens of how you see the world. Focusing on appreciation means we have less time and energy to become entangled in everyday problems and struggles. It doesn’t mean problems don’t exist. We just have a maintainable coping system that supports and sustains us.

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”
Rumi

How Do We Cultivate Reverence?

There are an unlimited amount of ways to cultivate reverence and celebrate life. When you bring yourself back to a state of appreciation and gratitude, you will naturally think of ways to infuse it into everyday living. Below are just a few ways to honor life. Come up with your own ideas that feel authentic to you.

Cultivating A Gratitude State
Meditations & Mindfulness
Nature Meditation & Mindfulness

Communing in nature helps us to cultivate connectedness with all living things. The illusion of separateness dissolves and we feel one with consciousness. We can immerse ourselves in the natural world and transcend the mundane. We begin to disentangle ourselves from the confines of limited thinking and become completely imbued with unlimited possibilities.

To practice, find a quite spot to sit, stand or walk in nature. Begin by becoming aware of the rhythm of your breath. As you bring awareness to your breath, allow your breath to become slow and steady. To feel the calming effect of the breath, begin to extenuate the exhalation. For example, inhale for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 4.

Become aware of your surroundings. Experience the natural environment with all of your senses. Notice the sights, smells, feels and sounds. As you continue to feel the essence of your breath, hone in on any one particular experience. Listen to bird sounds or rattling leaves in the wind. Feel the warm of the sun saturating the skin on your face. Smell the aroma of flowers nearby. Admire the majestic essence of the trees.

Allow your heart to be filled with awe and admiration. Express thankfulness for the opportunity to be amidst such beauty and recite affirmations of gratitude and joy. Allow yourself to be fully encapsulated in this magnificence. Feel yourself surrounded by abundance and inundated by the natural gifts of the physical world.

Affirmations

Reciting affirmations is a beautiful process for creating change. By adapting a particular affirmation that we want to hold in consciousness, we become proactive in bringing our intentions to fruition. Affirmation can be a catalyst for change and they can help us to center us when we feel off kilter. Reciting affirmations is a wonderful method for returning us to our core of peace and reestablish our equilibrium.

Self:
  • I love and accept myself completely
  • I recognize how special and unique I am
  • I acknowledge the many gifts and talents I have
  • I matter
  • My goals and dreams are important
Life:
  • Life is a beautiful experience
  • Unlimited opportunities are available to me
  • I belong
  • I express myself freely
  • I can choose how I see things
Nature:
  • I am one with nature and all living things
  • The sun warms by soul and rejuvenates me
  • I can feel my spirit being recharged by this sacred time outdoors
  • The sounds of nature fill my heart and bring me peace
  • Nature helps me to feel alive and renewed
Relationships:
  • I am surrounded by people who love me
  • I cultivate loving, supportive and nurturing relationships
  • I am loved deeply and supported fully
  • I am accepted for who I am
  • Love is abundant
Practices

There are an unlimited amount of ways we can uphold the essence of reverence. Practicing reverence in our daily lives transforms our intentions into actionable habits. As you think about what is important to you, consider what routines you can authentically implement. It can include a myriad of things such as:

  • Create a gratitude journal
  • Cultivate an organic garden
  • Live simply
  • Spend quality time with loved ones
  • Recycle and reuse
  • Conserve energy
  • Eat a plant-based diet
  • Practice self-care
  • Enjoy artist expression
Rituals

A ritual can be comprised of a sequence of symbolic gestures performed with words, song, dance, prayer, meditation, and objects. While there are plenty of established rituals, it can be more powerful if you chose practices that are most meaningful and sacred to you.

There is no right or wrong way to perform a ritual. Creating a ceremony that is authentically aligned with your personal expression will yield the most satisfaction.

Rituals are performed to evoke a particular outcome. Typically, that outcome is intended to helps us transcend our current state to how we want to think and feel.

Rituals have the power to ground and stabilize us. In our fast-paced culture, performing rituals can keep us from get caught up in the proverbial frenzy and help us to remain calm, focused and purposeful. Performing rituals can increase confidence, provide us with a sense of security, alleviate the weight of grief and help reduce anxiety.

To give you an idea, here my Morning Garden Ritual:

I stand in front of the garden, absorbing its collective essence.
I allow nature's essence to completely saturate my being; feeling the sun on my skin and fresh air in my lungs.
I methodically walk up and down each row, mindfully observing each plant and reciting words of praise and encouragement.
I open the barn door, and extract the tools and products I need for cultivation.
I methodically line my tools up on the barn wall.
I choose an area to weed and get down on my hands and knees, pulling what anything unwanted out of the soil.
When my project is finished, I put my products and tools away, and close the barn door.
I stand in front of the garden and give sincere thanks for it's presence in my life and the many gifts it offers to me.