Engaging in rituals is extremely important for your health, happiness, AND wellbeing.
And how about cacao rituals in specific? Over a hot cup of cacao each day, you are gifting yourself with a special opportunity to slow down, remember what truly matters to you, and create the experience of life that you desire.
During cacao rituals, people often experience elevated moods, connection to something bigger than themselves, profound healing, deep gratitude, greater resilience in the face of challenges, and so much more.
Today, let’s explore what rituals are, the benefits of cacao ritual, and how to create your own.
From our personal experience, engaging in cacao ritual has positively altered the direction and quality of our lives! We hope you experience the same!
Cacao Rituals Are Meaningful & Intentional
What is the difference between a habit and a ritual? Habits are often done unconsciously and/or out of necessity. Think of these like “everyday tasks” such as brushing your teeth.
On the other hand, a ritual is something that is done for conscious enjoyment and betterment of life. This means a greater level of attention, intention, and emotion.
In rituals, we offer our full presence. We set clear intentions. We author a deeper meaning around the experience. We ask our most burning questions. And for many people, their rituals are sacred!
Cacao Elevates Mind, Body, Heart, & Spirit
Intentionally ingesting cacao as an ally can create significant shifts within your body, mind, heart, and spirit.
A simple definition of ceremony or ritual with a plant is choosing to come into conscious and deliberate relationship with the plant for the purposes of healing, inquiry, and insight. Ceremony and ritual can be a particularly powerful time to give gratitude, set intentions, and make prayers.
One of the most beneficial rituals we’ve experienced is starting our day with cacao. This helps us start the day off in a centered, focused, grounded, grateful, and intentional way. And by being intentional in the morning over a cup of cacao, it helps us remember to stay intentional for the rest of our day.
Plus, when are nourished in the morning, we physically feel better throughout the day. Cacao’s neuromodulators and neurotransmitters provide a boost to our brains, the theobromine gently opens our hearts and improves our cardiovascular system, and the rich mineral content catalyzes full body functioning.
Create Your Cacao Ritual
You may find that you enjoy creating a reliable ritual that occurs at the same time every day, such as in the morning or the afternoon. Or instead you might find that you are more spontaneous in rituals.
Sometimes, you may enter into cacao ritual with to invite something into your life, to let something go, or something else. Some days, it might only be 5-15 minutes, and this is perfectly okay. The most important thing is that cacao’s energy is meant to help you with what you are already doing, so simply make an effort to be intentional for how you would like it to help you as you sip it.
For example, a short ritual may be as follows: sitting down, getting grounded, giving gratitude, and making a prayer or two, and then continuing onward.
When and where is the best time to work with cacao? This simple answer is: when you feel the desire to, and/or you feel her calling you. You can work with cacao anywhere, and specifically working with cacao in nature or a quiet, undisturbed, beautiful, clear space can be particularly powerful.
You can track your thoughts as to when and where you engage in cacao ritual. You can connect with cacao to free up energy and movement when you feel stagnation. Or you can use it prior to creative or collaborative work.
Just be mindful that cacao moves energy both physically and energetically … be ready to work with it. And don’t be afraid, cacao desires to work her magic into your day and life.
Develop Your Cacao Ritual
If you are ready to take your cacao ritual to the next level, join us in our online cacao courses! Since Firefly started in 2014 we've helped thousands of people build a relationship with cacao. We would be honored to support you too by sharing our 11+ years of cacao knowledge and wisdom with you.
Two great courses to start growing your cacao ritual are below!
Try These Cacaos In Your Next Ritual
We hope this helps you appreciate the importance of ritual, gives you a new relationship to your cacao ritual, and helps you on your journey of creating a unique ritual practice for you!
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With Love, Gratitude, & Cacao,
Jonas & The Firefly Family