One dictionary defines a ritual as, “a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.”
I have always been intrigued by symbolism, words, and objects.
Growing up I was drawn to various different religious institutions. I also heard things like, “no we don’t worship statues, people, or things.” But, yet the deeper I delved in I found objects such as statues, rosaries, churches, and poems helped me connect more with my inner self and the world. The more I explored yoga, the deeper my Christian Faith became. I study the Bible more deeply, but have allowed myself to see and hear other spiritual leaders and use what resonates with me.
I enjoy attending church and visiting churches and watching the different rituals that occur. I love participating in Moon Ceremonies, prosperity & abundance ceremonies, morning & evening ritual work. These are all beautiful events and actions that help me grow spiritually. I also like to take the word ritual, and try use it in a more simplistic way in my personal life. I look at different actions I take daily as a ritual. It becomes a moving meditation and helps me to be more present in my day. It literally becomes a part of my everyday life.
Some examples are:
Taking a shower. As the water cascades down I cup my hands and let it flow over me. I feel gratitude for having fresh & clean water to bathe my body. As the water flows down the drain, I imagine all the things in that moment that I no longer need flowing away. The fresh water flowing onto my body is making me new. It’s such a beautiful experience as I step out of the shower felling new and connected.
Taking a bath. The act of selecting the perfect scented bath salts, essential oils, and soaps is so beautiful. Lighting the candles and turning off the lights. Using beautiful petals in the bath tub, and sinking down into the tub. Each action is a part of the ritual, and something that is so precious. It allows my mind, body, and soul time to soak and release. I am surrounded by such beautiful items of candles, crystals, flower petals, and lovely scents. As I come out of the water, and the tub drains I let all the things I no longer need drain away.
Giving a gift. The act of selecting the perfect gift and wrapping it with care is a ritual. Finding that special gift to make a person smile and feel special is so wonderful. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, but rather a gift that really came from the heart. It can be a handmade gift, a poem, a card, a hand written note, etc. The mere act of giving is a ritual in itself. As the gift is given to the receiver I like to linger a bit as I hand the gift over. So their hand is on the gift at the same time I am giving it. I feel this additional connection to them.
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Consider looking at your own personal life and using your small daily acts as rituals and see how it resonates with you. It doesn’t need to be something grandiose. The more we feel a connection to the simple acts in our day, the deeper meaning we can find in our life.
Much Love, Light, and Peace,
Tami Galbreath is RYT 200 teacher & Meditation Coach and trained under Crystal Gray. She specializes in helping over-committed, stressed, and busy women find joy in their lives. She focuses primarily on restorative and gentle yoga to help each woman relax their mind, body, and spirit. She has a keen awareness of the body and can tell when her students have fully relaxed in the pose. She often brings crystals, essential oils, and intention cards to her classes.
When she is not teaching yoga she is working in the Corporate environment as a Ergonomics & Safety Supervisor.
Her free time is spent with her husband, daughter, and dog Brisco traveling. You will also catch her watching criminal & detective shows.