Everyday rituals

I know many people who shudder at the word ‘ritual’. They see it as something bad and horrible. But our daily life is full of rituals. Making a pot of tea is a ritual and pouring it into a cup is even more so. Do you warm the pot first? Do you add milk to your cup before or after? Have a look at the things you do each day and see how many are rituals. You may be surprised.

But let’s look at some kind of rituals. One I do each morning when I get up is open the door (I only have one door to the outside) and let the stale air out and new fresh air in. I stand there quietly for a few minutes and breath in the morning air. I look at the sky, the birds flying around and listen to them chirping and singing. It is quiet and I can hear traffic on the bypass. It is a few moments of stillness before I start my day and it is special for me to do this. While I am doing this I am also connecting to the elements around me and becoming a part of them. This morning it was raining gently and I let the rain fall on my face. It is a daily ritual but full of meaning and mindfulness.

While eating my breakfast I sit facing the window so I can see the sky and the birds on the feeders. As I do this every day then it becomes another ritual. For the druid rituals for celebrating the seasons and festivals I prefer to use the word celebration as that is what it is. To me it only becomes a ritual if you do the same things each time and I do not do this as I prefer to work spontaneously. A final word here; writing my blog on a Sunday morning is another ritual. I spend time thinking about my theme for the blog, find a photo to add and then write straight from my heart.

I’d love to read your thoughts on ritual and what it means to you.

morningsun1

 

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3 thoughts on “Everyday rituals

  1. Just before bedtime, I like to step out of the back door & stand in our little garden, feeling the blessings of Earth beneath my feet & sky above me, of sun & moon & stars. The touch of air or rain on my skin. The sound of the wind & often the sea. The scents of soil and in the summer, flowers…and yes, many homely rituals..x

  2. I do like ritual as a human activity, a way of bringing people together to share and celebrate. I can’t do formal ritual on my own, it just doesn’t work. At the moment I’m working on a seasonal walking calendar so that I can connect with the wheel of the year by going out to places where key seasonal events are happening. That seems to work better for me.

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