LIFE ENRICHMENT CEREMONIES
Message from JEANINE about rituals
I am a strong advocate of rituals and rites of passage, but by rituals I don't mean "going through the motions" for the sake of tradition, religion, family expectations, holiday ... or for the benefit of others including your country. By rituals I mean taking every opportunity to tranceform ordinary mundane moments and activities ... into extraordinary sacred experiences.
In today's fast-paced lifestyles, minutes, hours, days, months and years are passing by so quickly that most people's lives are becoming a big blur. They wonder where the day went or where the past 10 years went. Revelling in the moment takes conscious awareness. Rituals slow things down and deepen our experience of being alive. Instead of only living in the 3rd dimensional 5-sense reality of what can be seen, heard, tasted, smelled or touched, rituals create a sense of connectivity to something greater than ourselves—something sacred.
Establish rituals in everything you do throughout your day
It doesn't matter whether your ritual is that everyone takes off their shoes before entering your home—or the use of special dishes, glasses and candles on your table before you eat—having fresh flowers in your home and on your desk at work—thoughtfully selecting how you dress your body each day—wearing meaningful jewelry—decorating your home with art and treasures made by someone you know—following nature holidays like solstices—or creating your own holidays (instead of being manipulated by commercial marketed holidays). Here's how to change the world one person at a time—quit doing "perfunctory tasks on to-do lists." Infuse sacredness into all everyday activities. They will mysteriously become inspiring memorable moments.
Here's an example of a ritual idea for those who don't want to do "shoulds" for holidays. A few years ago I invited an eclectic group of people to my home. The criteria was that they "didn't want to do shoulds" for Thanksgiving. We had very heart-warming experiences. To our surprise instead of overeating and falling asleep, we ate very little. I'm often reminded about how awesome that special Thanksgiving day was and how many folks continued this new ritual.
i look forward to making your ordinary moments ... extraordinaire.
Reverend Jeanine Just