Tagged How to incorporate ritual into daily life

Sky Lanterns: The Ritual of Honoring and Welcoming (That Ended in Disaster)

In honor of my Grandma Rose’s passing, Mel agreed to participate in a ritual of honoring and releasing with me where we set free sky lanterns again.  The last time we did this, it was an absolutely beautiful release of our wishes into the world, so I couldn’t think of a better way to memorialize the one-year anniversary of her death.

For the ceremony, we decided to each create a sky lantern where one side would be an honoring of present and passing lives and the other side would be a welcoming of new gifts.

Immediately, this time was different from the last in that Mel’s adorable little children were not quite ready for bedtime. In the pictures below, what you don’t see are the tiny hands, feet and voices in the background and Mel trying to coerce her little people back into their beds.

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The Art of Living 2: The Power of Ritual

“The power of ritual is profound and under-appreciated. Mostly, I think, it’s because we live in a time-starved culture, and ritual is time-indulgent. Who can afford the luxury of doing one thing at a time? Who has the patience to pause and honor an activity before and after we do it?  We all should.”

-Peter Bregman, “The Value of Ritual in Your Workday” in the Harvard Business Review

I am not a superstitious person.  And yet.  For some reason lately the concept of ritual has been swirling around in my brain- beautiful and shrouded in mystery, they seem a powerful component of life and humanity.

Peter Bregman in the Harvard Business Review states, Rituals are about paying attention. They’re about stopping for a moment and noticing what you’re about to do, what you’ve just done, or both. They’re about making the most of a particular moment.”  This makes sense to me.  What ways do I find to celebrate the joys in life- small and large?  In what ways do I honor the difficulties?  Maybe ritual is a way to honor a moment.  To see that I am perceptive and open to noticing the stages and transitions of my life and the lives of others.  

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