Rhiannon Griego: Nourishment as Ritual
How do you start your day?
I wake up in the mornings, turn on the water, light some incense, sit quietly until I have coffee, pull a card for the day from the tarot and write a list of my responsibilities. I go to Pilates, come home, and get to work.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
I stop the motion and I look for a quiet place to pause and allow myself to collect my thoughts before rushing to anything in a scattered mental state. In more time demanding schedules, I will communicate to whomever I am with the need for a quiet pause, find a bathroom and seek out a moment of stillness to collect myself before proceeding. When I'm overwhelmed, I clearly communicate a need to pause and think properly before making any decisions. Communication whether with the self or others is a necessity in honoring the overwhelm and disengaging the feelings so I may move forward in clarity.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Wholeheartedly spending time in nature and listening to the wind. Some of my most blissed out moments in life have come from hiking out in Joshua Tree alone, rock climbing to the perfect perch and basking in gratitude. A high intensity workout always reminds me how powerful my temple is and this provides the inner light I need in busy times. True intimacy with friends and partners and guttural laughter.
What are you currently reading?
Mountain of the Mind by Robert MacFarlane
What are you listening to right now?
Bliss- Unanswered Letters.
What does nourishment look like to you?
This comes in multiple forms. Knowing when to stop and allow for rest, nourishing my body with seasonal locally grown foods, taking time to laugh and be in the company of friends. Nourishment is ritual and that arrives in the simplest form of honoring what I need for the day, whether cloud gazing, hiking, creating till my mind is full and weary or seeking out multiple massages a week.
How do you make space for play?
I'm firm on allowing myself two days off a week now to gather with friends for tea, go hiking alone, dance wildly in my home in the later evening after work or carve out one weekend a month to venture to the city for museums and dinner dates. This has been a practice I've sought to bring into balance for 9 years and live in a beautiful harmony with it now.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Please share some words of wisdom you've learned over the years.
If there is one thing I am in full accord with these days, it's the art of forgiveness. It's been the most humbling journey to walk steadily as the amount of pain we all encounter and attach ourselves to can make life unbearably heavy. As a Scorpio and a highly sensitive individual, what has been done to me before I made a conscious decision to embody this wore me down and brought about severe unhappiness. If we chose to, we can seek out the more negative and grim realities of blaming the world for our sorrow, yet the individual that seeks a tender fertile heart of forgiveness will lighten their load tremendously. The world is phenomenally beautiful and equally juxtaposed with the darkness, we have the opportunity to choose how we respond to what has happened and how we forgive others. Levity returned into my life truly when I began to realize we are all struggling to a degree, we have all had our hearts broken by relations before, and I believe that most of us are doing our best. When we offer others compassion and forgiveness, we are reminded of the divinity within the human race and its quest to enlighten itself. Practice authentic forgiveness, lighten the load and it will remind one of the incredible spirits of humanity.
And, giving someone your most authentic presence will always outweigh any material goods. Life is so utterly precious, so the giving of yourself to your loved ones is the best gift you can offer. Presence is everything.
Rhiannon Griego is weaver and jewelry designer based out of Ojai, California. Her intrinsic connection to nature is one of the many woven threads that has allowed her to explore her process as a fiber artist. Each year behind the loom, she delves further into the origins of myth through weft and warp, displaying landscape like imagery through organic matter. You can find her on Instagram and her website.