“I look for the sacred in everyday living.” ~ Robyn Lee
Many think of ritual in terms of culture and religion. The word ritual is actually from Indo-European language and means “to fit together” implying the joining together of the spiritual world with the physical world. Since ancient times most have appreciated the power of ritual and regarded it as sacred.
In American culture we frequently interpret ritual in a traditional sense, referring to birthdays and holidays and other special occasions or religious ceremonies. Really though, sacred ritual can be a comforting part of everyday living…reflected in simple daily activities.
For me, what truly defines something as sacred ritual, is the level of awareness and attention we give whatever it is we are doing.
So, for example, if I go for a nature walk and I am worrying about how I’m going to get the laundry done when I get home… I’m not in ritual (even if it’s at the same time and place every day).
If I’m witnessing a sunset, and I’m consumed with the fact that my fingers are going numb from the sub-freezing temperatures, I need to acknowledge that, even with that magnificent sun going down before me on the pristine beach, I’m not in ritual.
I have come to appreciate the value and essence of ritual in daily living. Ritual brings me to a place of peace and centeredness and offers me a calm that goes a long way once I return to stressful or challenging tasks of daily living.
Here are just a few examples of what rituals might look like:
- witnessing the sun go down…or come up
- cooking or enjoying a delicious meal
- mindful exercise
- washing dishes (yes – can work!)
- sipping a special glass of wine…or a cup of coffee/tea
- indulging in your favorite brand of chocolate
- or simply sinking into a warm bath illuminated by candlelight and soothing music playing before bed
It doesn’t really matter what the action is — just acting with the focussed intention to appreciate, and being fully present in that moment makes it ritual.
It’s really all about intention.
Now, who would have thought it could be that easy to connect with the sacred!
Much Love, Robyn Lee
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