We don’t usually think too hard about how to create rituals, since most of the ones that we engage in everyday came from our culture.
I loved the comments and ideas shared after Monday’s post Five Benefits of Ritual. Everyone seemed to understand that we engage in ritual constantly even though there are many names for it. They can also be called habits and routines. We call it writing, praying, exercising, cooking, eating, talking, breathing, kissing, reading, holding hands, watching a TV show, planning, celebrating, laughing, playing, etc, etc.
How to create rituals?
1. Decide to do something consciously. That “something” could be anything–whatever is important to us. Making a commitment, giving ourselves some time to breathe, letting go of hurt, embarking on a new project, or stepping into a new identity.
2. Set aside some time to focus it and why it is important to you. Think about what future it might make possible. Spend a few minutes imagining this.
3. Add ceremony. Do something symbolic to hold this in your heart and mind. For example, do the Tibetan Star Meditation. Light a candle. Make a poster. Tie a string around your finger. This will not only remind you of your commitment, but give it your energy and attention.It creates meaning around it giving you a sense of robustness and confidence. You can have a very involved ceremony, or something small and sacred.
4. Recognize and express gratitude for the goodness that is around you which you can draw on as you move toward your goal.
5. Tell someone your plan, commitment, dream, wish, or hope. Give it energy by being accountable.
5. Follow it up with action steps. Walk the walk.
These are very general because the sky is the limit! There are so many things we can do! None are right and wrong. It helps me to keep in mind, that what I focus on, I give energy to. So, I mine-as-well be conscious of it and make sure it is what I want.
What other ideas do you all have on how to create rituals?