Entries tagged with “Rituals”
Here are 108 suggestions for your own personalized 108-day mindfulness practice.
Throughout history, humans have sought physical relief, emotional healing, and even spiritual renewal in water. Here are 11 water therapy practices for healing.
“We the people” are conditioned to focus on the positive and not dwell too long on the negative. We share our triumphs but keep our tragedies to ourselves. When we experience emoti…
Magic is a way of working with energy and vibration to create positive change according to your will.
Make your way through the season of life when writing seems impossible.
Being near or immersed in water offers the opportunity to set an intention of cleansing on all levels.
By Annemarie JuhlianYes, I’m one of those crazy dog lovers. My husband and I have a household of older and special-needs dogs, all rescued from neglect and abuse. Throughout …
When the holidays remind us of those that have been lost.
Access vast reservoirs of hidden time.
These four crystals, plus a potent ritual, can help you tap into the powerful energy of the full moon.
Stretching, meditation, and gratitude make up this simple daily ritual from writer and teacher Geri Larkin.
Different sounds are powerful tools to clear and transform energy.
Move beyond sage. These seven sacred resins, including myrrh and benzoin, clear negative energy in your space.
The Solstice is a time of celebration in anticipation of Light’s return and the rebirth of the Sun.
The full moon offers a potent time to create rituals.
“On Valentine’s Day, I want to focus on true love: the energy of power, desire, courage, intuition, and deep emotion. This spell invites that energy into our hearts while mindfully clearing whatever may stand in the way of that love.”
Rosemary has long signified deep friendship and lasting memories. This ritual for grief, built around rosemary, creates time and space for grieving and allows others to join and share the healing process.
Connect with the wisdom of this holiday, which comes between the fall equinox and the winter solstice.
Fall is the perfect season to release that which no longer serves us. Try this moon ritual to help you let go and move on.
By Wendy Macdonald Water is life: elemental, essential, mysterious, sacred. One has only to experience a blooming desert, a sprouting seed, a clean body, or the sense of well-bein…
Rather than thinking of dinnertime as a chore, create nightly dinner rituals to connect more with the loved ones around your table.
Try this ritual to invite connection with and guidance from your ancestors.
Instead of our working against nature to fit our own needs and desires, Ayurveda teaches that when we accept what Earth provides, we keep seasonal illnesses at bay.
Humans needs to unite with like-minded and like-hearted people and organizations to actively take part in nurturing our communities and helping them grow.
By Michelle Smith When we hear of a death in our family or community we feel a powerful urge to offer comfort—and so, we bring food. In almost any culture bringing food to t…
Creating an altar with the intention for transformation is a powerful way to keep your focus on your intentions.
Use these practices to inspire more ease and play this season
By Lara Vesta I come from a line of powerful women. My great-grandmother birthed her 12 children alone with her husband on the Canadian steppes. The nearest town was 70 miles away…
Whether they are real—and you are Irish—or not
How to connect through our bodies with the transcendent dimension of our lives.
There is a sacredness that is found in the first moments of the morning. While it may feel overwhelming to change your entire morning routine in one day, consider slowly adding components to it that will set the tone for your day.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. LewisBlending white and green teas with dried rose blossoms delights the eye and gives Meditati…
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By Amy Benedict We think of a pilgrimage as a journey of great spiritual or moral significance—yet our whole life’s course can be seen as a pilgrimage. A simple walk from yo…
Devotionals serve as a grounding presence during unprecedented times. “The practice of a daily devotion connects to the idea of spiritual reflection as a way to gain clarity and peace. Daily time for devotion creates inner peace, slows us down, and allows us to connect with the divine.”
An excerpt from Randi Ragan’s book A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind, and Spirit
A simple and effective end of year ritual is to carve out a little time for yourself to meditate and journal.
“Inversions allow us to rebel against the routines that dictate much of our world.” Take a new look at the world around you by flipping everything upside down.
Find the right tea to soothe yourself, body and soul.
Try one of our favorite morning rituals to set the right tone for your day.
A ritual bath for self reflection and integration of our shadow selves.
Long before the birth of Jesus, the Celtic and Norse pagans exchanged gifts at the time of the winter solstice. They believed that this practice mitigated one’s vulnerability to th…
The new moon, fully inhabiting the shadow, offers a potent time for exploring gratitude for the rhythms of life.
Excerpted from Ambition Addiction: Giving Thanks on the Road to Recovery by Benajmin Shalva
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By Holly Pruett Years ago, I had the privilege of facilitating weekly support groups for battered women. People often said, “That must be so depressing!” Yes, the violence the wo…
Weddings and funerals: Rabbi Rami has an honest conversation about traditions and how we honor them.
By Robyn Greene Most people are aware of the big transitions or events in life. We honor births, birthdays, perhaps coming of age, starting and ending school, leaving home, marria…
by Kim Nash Do you ever think about your ancestors—distant relatives whom you may have never met but you somehow feel connected to? Perhaps you’ve seen a photograph of them,…
If you’re interested in cleansing your body, mind, aura, or just your physical space, try these 10 tips for smudging sage.
Growing up, my grandparents had an ofuro; a Japanese-style wood burning hot tub. It was made of redwood, with a copper bottom. We would build a fire in the firebox underneath it to…
An excerpt from The Book of Ceremony
Try this loving bathtime ritual on your own and receive a dose of self-love you likely need and definitely deserve.
Try this 15-minute Norse-inspired ritual before bed for blissful sleep.
How to celebrate the summer solstice and other special occasions this season.
For the last ten days of April, I had the great fortune of attending the International Gathering of Shamans in Dunderry, County Meath, Ireland. The purpose of our gathering was to …
Creating grief rituals is as individual as the one who mourns and can help us continue to feel connected.
Caretaking gives this writer an opportunity to enter a new kind of sacred space – not a place of solitude, but a place of wholeness and holiness.
Honor the shadow and the light with this Mabon, or Autumn Equinox, ritual.
Draw sacredness into your life whenever you need it with simple intentional rituals.
How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.
By Jeff Wallis The restorative power of nature can be accessible—anytime, anywhere—through the ritual of a Memory Walk. All you need is a route to walk and a camera. …
Contributing editor Rabbi Rami asks whether you're a maximalist or a minimalist when it comes to religion and faith.
On the full moon, create a ritual that has meaning for you.
Julie Peters shares her personal ritual for the new moon.
“New moons are related to water and fertility. Metaphorically, in the dark of the new moon, we pause to consider our desires, set intentions, and think about what we might want to put our energy into as the moon waxes towards full.”
Learn more about artist Day Schildkret's daily practice of creating morning altars here.
RitualPeter Kater and R. Carlos NakaiMysterium Music Rituals are about presence, intention, and creating sacred space. Rituals also are brought to life through a process of play a…
Take an honest walk through modern day feng shui expert, Laura Benko’s daily routine.
New moons are traditionally about planting seeds, setting intentions for what you desire. They are not times to take any action—not yet—but rather times to pause, to si…
Rituals, ancient wisdom, and practices for conscious death and dying.
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Use the waning moon as an opportunity for release.
By Ivy Cox The smell of incense wafting through the air is at once familiar and soothing to me, having spent part of my childhood in Taiwan. On the first and fifteenth of every lu…
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Connecting in small and simple ways is the lifeblood of relationships. Try these practices to stay close to one you love.
A new field of research explores how diverse spiritual practices use the same scents, sounds, and movements to tap into our deepest selves.
By Janna HenningPeople in helping roles, such as therapists, ministers, and hospice workers, bring great compassion and empathy to their work as they care for those who suffer. We …
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It was a Saturday evening, and attending would mean spending two days in a row in church. Nevertheless, many of the congregation gathered in fellowship for a sacred ritual—th…
Think of March as a second New Year with resolutions for healing and recovery in our lives.
By Shevaun Rafferty You are touched by music and sounds in more ways than you may ever know. In the scientific study of cymatics, both simple sounds and complex pieces of music ca…
Learning to choose loving rituals that work in your family, that are meaningful, relaxed, realistic and reasonable, is as important and as individual as each of us.
The holy-days are a special time for children (and adults), in part because of the promise of toys, but also in part because of the rituals we participate in at this time of year—s…
Modern living causes us to overlook the obvious. Here’s how not to let that happen.
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Groups of Sadhus, Hindu holy men, their foreheads smeared with sacred ash, their necks encircled with marigold garlands as bright orange as the robes they wear, sit atop decorated …
Learning how to tap into the phases of the moon can be a powerful practice.
The Five Elements offer information that connects us to nature and our bodies and helps us to understand our energy and emotions.
A nonbeliever seeks comfort in the ritual of the rosary.
By Lissin Lev ChayaEver since I was little, no matter where I was, I knew when the sun was going down. When I moved to the Pacific Ocean 15 years ago, my awareness became a daily s…
The Ancient and Modern Practice to Free Your Soul
Whether they involve steaming or soaking, geothermal or heated tap water, bathing traditions worldwide offer community, cleansing, spiritual renewal—and sometimes a legend or two.
Decades ago, I spent a year exploring spiritually rich, off-the-beaten-path adventures in search of the sacred in India, Bali, Nepal, and Tibet. These cultures that changed me fore…
A time for grieving, acknowledging what's been lost, and letting go.