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Sanskrit chants are the most ongoing and impactful for me. I do some stretching and breathing to the Gayatri Mantra
Rituals enrich my life, from those structuring the day with tea or coffee, as some have already mentioned, to the intimate connection with spirit when lightening a candle as well as in meditation and prayer. When serving my fellow people. It feels as being a bridge to expressing and being aware of our all being connected to the holy and the mystery of all.
Sanskrit chants are the most ongoing and impactful for me. I do some stretching and breathing to the Gayatri Mantra before bed.
Mica, the Gayatri Mantra is also one of my favorites. I chant it in the morning, when I step outside to greet the sunrise.
My faith and upbringing for me were key factors in rituals and ceremonies and how important they are.
Rituals are an important part of my life. I hadn’t given them much thought as a ritual, however as I reflect on the question, they are there as part of a way of being.
hmm– connectedness, belonging needs being met through celebration and remembrance, and hope and joys
Ritual is important to me. Every morning I begin with the daily mantras from my tradition. Then I go into affirmative prayer. Next, my meditation is systematic; I always follow the same process. The ritual expedites the experience of going inside. However, attachment to the ritual can be a disservice. I don’t believe this is the only way, or right way, to connect with Source. I am also flexible if I have to meditate earlier, later, or shorter. Ceremonies have marked many special moments in my life, my daughter’s blessing, my wedding, my graduation from seminary. As a minister, it’s been a gift to share in weddings and funerals. They are an opportunity to elevate a moment and make us present to the transitions of life.
Over the decades I’ve graduated from this and that, attended a few weddings including my own, my son’s christening, and more funerals than I care to count. . . Monkey see, monkey do. As above, so below. As a gardener and erstwhile beekeeper, I observe the progression of the sun. Being perfectly honest, I’m really only interested in ritual and ceremony from an anthropological standpoint.
Ritual and ceremony have (regretfully) played a very small roll in my life. I think it’s something that’s been missing and I’ve thought this for a long time. I would like there to be more of this in my life. I would not consider my daily and weekly practices rituals or ceremony’s. Sadly, the ceremony’s that come to mind are mostly memorials. Of course as I write this, I am drinking my first cup of coffee, contemplating the question of the day, getting ready for my Sunday bike ride, and preparing for my wedding in a few weeks. So, maybe there are these things in my life and I just need to be more intentional and present.
Congrats on your upcoming wedding:) I have a Halloween weekend wedding I will be going to (my cousin’s).
Your comments make me think about what might turn a routine into a ritual. The presence and intentionality you mention–and perhaps going through something understood to be a ritual but doing so on autopilot makes it less a ritual than your morning visit here and the Sunday bike rides.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding1
I am all about ritual/ceremony throughout the wheel of the year. From daily activities, to monthly celebrations, to holidays I enjoy them. Right now is my favorite time of year, fall and Halloween. I love decorating my home and enjoy eating fall foods/flavors. 🎃🍂I am really looking forward to traveling in two weeks up to PA and seeing the fall foliage.
Give a WoooHooo! as you cross the Potomac!
Ceremonies and rituals give a comforting pattern to my life. When that pattern is shattered its the return to that pattern that stabilizes me.
Rituals lay down markers in our lives that say, This doesn’t happen every day. This moment or this occasion requires a special recognition.
Rituals and traditions provide happy memories of Christmas and first days of school for my kids.
While growing up going to church was a weekly thing. Now waking up, meditation, gratitude practicing, readings such as on this website are my norm. My day is then set up in a positive vibe. I look differently now at life and the challenges and blessings offered.
Everyday I think we all have our little rituals that give our lives structure and a sense of rhythm. For me it’s a cup of coffee around 11 and another one at 3 in the afternoon. Popping into this website every day. Reading or doing a simple puzzle to calm me down before going to sleep at night. I like structure and a sense of order in my life.
The age old rituals of agrarian life and animal husbandry have been my life. Spring planting, baby animals being born, three years herding a large flock of sheep as a young man, irrigating crops in the summer sun. fall harvest and then slowing down in winter enjoying the fire made from gathered wood cut and chopped waiting to heat the home and family. Feeding the livestock hay that was harvested and enjoying the root vegetables that have been stored. Hope springs eternal.
Beautiful! Enjoy the season of rest. Just like your soil needs resting so do we. Blessings to you and your loved ones.
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