The Importance Of Rituals

Blog 1459 – 09.16.2019

The Importance Of Rituals

I have written and often about the importance of letting go of beliefs that no longer serve us but not nearly so often about the importance of rituals in our lives. For several reasons rituals are very important to us, even those of us who protest the splendor and show of religious rituals still guard our own private rituals as a mother bear jealously guards her cubs

Rituals matter to us because they remind us, they bind us, they find us and we in and through them come to some understanding of our role in the family, in society, and in the Universe at large. It is a good practice with rituals as with beliefs to pay attention to them, to review them, to discard those we determine are no longer serving, and to continue practicing those that do.

One of my little morning rituals that I may have already shared with you takes only a moment in the morning after I have brushed my teeth, shaved, and showered, I spray three squirts strategically of my favorite cologne, Boss Hugo Boss, and say to a beautiful statue on the top shelf inside my medicine cabinet, “I love you, Mama.” Then closing the medicine cabinet door and looking into the mirror, “I love you, Daddy. I love you, Baby.” I have lately added to those three I Love You(s) – “In all your incarnations.” For as a phrase from the First of Ten Intentions for a Better World says so well, “I see life in all things and honor it as if it were my own (for indeed it is.)”

There is no better reason for rituals, I believe, than to remind us of Who and Whose we are and everyone and everything else as well. Also rituals give us a chance to celebrate and act out our important part in this wonderful passion play.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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