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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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