This weekend I went to an awesome Bacchus party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. As you may have guessed the wine was flowing freely, and the space was decorated like a Roman villa. There were lots of fine fabric draperies, pillows and low tables for reclining, and a gigantic hearth with a fire blazing. Everyone was dressed in Roman costumes and lounging about. When you walked through the curtains into the main room, you really felt like you were stepping into another place and time. It was awesome. It truly made me appreciate how awesome and amazing my friends are.
A highlight of the party was an amazing Viking custom of doing a bragging circle. This tradition comes from the belief that the Gods give luck to the villages that show themselves worthy. So the people of the village gather together and speak of all of their accomplishments and declare their awesomeness in hope that the Gods will hold them in their favor and shower them with more good fortune.
As you may have guessed, I LOVED this ritual! It was totally Kick-Ass! It represents so much of what I believe in and work with clients around. This piece about recognizing your accomplishments and how awesome you are, and being able to appreciate yourself and bask in the good feelings of it is a big part of creating your Kick-Ass Life.
It’s so important to be able to see the goodness in yourself as well as your life and the people in it. The interesting thing is that this is very hard for most of my clients to do. It is so much easier to praise& appreciate someone else than it is to praise and appreciate yourself.
Do you find that to be true?
When it came my turn to raise the drinking horn, I felt a rush of appreciation and happiness. I was a little nervous at first to be bragging out loud in front of so many people.
Then I got over that!
I proudly declared – “My Life is fucking Kick-Ass! I don’t do anything that I don’t want to do. My life is designed to fit me perfectly!” and as I said these words I felt the truth of them sinking in. It was so powerful to be feeling the depth and truth of my statement. I continued on for a minute or two, talking about all the awesomeness in my life and basking in the amazing feelings of it. Everyone cheered and applauded and added their good energy into the mix.
What powerful magic! I could feel it rippling out into the Universe.
When was the last time you bragged?
I encourage you to gather some friends & family together to create your own bragging circle. If you are feeling nervous- drink some wine, it helps!
Try it out and let me know what happens!