Rituals are beautiful way to express yourself and give your life new meaning while celebrating the moment. The true beauty of the whole scheme is that virtually any routine can become a ritual, no matter if it’s of spiritual nature or purely practical. As long as you can use your imagination and I guess, stand still for a moment- you can have a “successful ritual” on your hands. So let’s talk about how to celebrate life through rituals:
“When tea becomes ritual, it takes it’s place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”Muriel Barbery
What Should It Be?
Choosing what is important enough to you to become a ritual is probably the first step. Would you like to keep the sacredness of the action by keeping it only for spiritual practice? Or would you like to evoke mystical in every-day activities of your life? It’s entirely up to you. With that being said, the rituals can be anything ranging from lunar celebrations or smudging to the morning coffee drank in silence or evening ritual bath.
The Power Of Intention
What is the purpose of the ritual? It doesn’t have to hold any logical reason. After all, that is what our chores are for. In my opinion, ritual should be preformed with creativity and intuition. And the purpose of it should be, again in my opinion, greater awareness, liberation in some way and celebration of the moment. But it can also be, a reason to stop and slow down. Think about ecstatic dance for instance- pure liberation through the movement. Or sitting by the beach- slowing down and enjoying the moment.
Being in the present moment would be a bed on top of which the whole ritual will take place. This is the main reason why I am not too fond of scheduled “moments”. It doesn’t promise a great experience. For example: planning to… let’s say that particular yoga class. Imagine keeping all your tranquility for that one moment, but when you reach the class- your mind doesn’t shut up for even a second. And you finish class left disappointed in… who ever you choose. Now, this is not to say that you can’t plan something and enjoy- no, no. But in order to do so, being in the present moment is of essence.
And sometimes the best ritual would be to let go of the one, the one that doesn’t serve us anymore. There are many ways to recognize rituals like that, it might feel like a burden or look like compulsive behavior or even self-destructive one. What ever it is, it’s good to ask ourselves what was it’s original purpose and intention- and is it still there? If not- it might be the time to change it or simply let it go. The beauty of life is in transformation and the best way to celebrate it might be to just allow the change to take place.