My faith tradition is Christianity. In that tradition, today begins one of the most holy seasons – Lent. For me, Lent means waiting and reflection. It also means paying attention to what’s happening and preparing for what’s about to happen.
As a kid, Lent meant I had to give up something I loved – like chocolate. It also meant I put the money I saved on chocolate in a mite box.
During Lent I place an empty bowl in each room of my home. Whenever I notice a bowl I stop; say a couple of prayers; spend some time in stillness and then offer prayers of thanks for the creator of that specific bowl. It’s kinda stunning how I notice the bowls less and less as Lent moves along. It’s also holy.
This bowl ritual reminds me to be open; to pay attention; and to MAKE time for additional stillness – for peace.
While rituals are often associated with religious/spiritual stuff, they’re also part of our other real world life. For example, an everyday ritual of mine is that before I go to bed each night, I put every pillow in my home back in ITS place. I do this so each morning I’ m reminded that every day is new.
What kind of rituals enrich your life?