Ritual. We get it; the word can trigger some or bring memories to others. How can we harness ritual to bring the magical into our every day life? Further.. why do we even WANT to do that?
Human Beings are ritualistic.
Here’s a funny anecdote: My son (who has Autism) went to the Jets/Giants game yesterday with his Dad. Even though I wasn’t there, I wanted to listen to the game (on the radio- how 3d) to know what was going on; I figured we could chat about it when he got home. Well, imagine my surprise when a radio advert came on discussing how Bigelow Tea was a former player’s “game day ritual”!!
Ritual! It’s all over sports. Watch baseball and you’ll see batters- when at bat- performing the same motions and activities Every. Single. Time. Adjusting gloves, grip, their feet at the plate… pay attention and you’ll see it!
Now, we can’t get into the head of every batter; some may just- on the surface- think what they are doing “brings them luck”. But I bet others undertake the same motions time and time again to get them “in the zone”. In the place where they perform better, where time changes, and where they can make something happen.
That, my friends, is magic and ritual.
Ritual is for everyone and it is in everything (so is magic.. by the way). Ritual is the blowing out of birthday candles, the way we set our table at big meals like Thanksgiving, the honoring of service members on Veteran’s Day at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Ritual gives our lives, our actions, our thoughts and our prayers more meaning and centers us in our busy lives.
You can make your own Ritual- you have permission!
So, how to bring the magical into your every day life? Start with an affirmation or mantra in the morning; journal/free write; ritualize your shower (that’s big for us at the Apothecary- sometimes you only have those 10 minutes- so make them count). Use scent; a drop of Frankincense in your moisturizer every morning is great for your skin- but it’s also a wonderful Ritual to bring yourself into the present moment and into gratitude.
Ritual in the Liminal Space.
Hold Up- what’s Liminal Space anyway? By definition: it is the “middle stage” in a right of passage; you’re not who you were.. but you’re not who you want to become, either. Thinking about this- our entire life is sorta of Liminal, isn’t it? We live this human experience to give growth to our souls; not who we were at birth, but not who we will fully be as we transition out of our current human experience, either.
Wait- why did I being Liminal Space into the mix, anyway? Well, because by creating ritual we are bringing importance to and anchoring ourselves in the growth we want to call in. Whether connected to any of the “big three” (abundance, love, protection) or any other state- we use ritual to amplify.
Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry- we got you, boo.
Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry- we got you. Deborah Globus (La Padre) is leading a class on ritual at the shop (click here for deets). Or- feel free to connect with us for one-on-one conversation and coaching, Either way- we’re here for you and cannot wait to hear all about your rituals (past, present and future).