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Entries tagged with “Rituals”

12 Rituals to Reopen Your Life

“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…

3 Simple Ways to Work Real Magic Today

Magic is a way of working with energy and vibration to create positive change according to your will.

3 Steps to Get Your Writing Back on Track

Make your way through the season of life when writing seems impossible.

3 Water Rituals to Reset Your Wild Spirit

Being near or immersed in water offers the opportunity to set an intention of cleansing on all levels.

3 Ways to Celebrate Your Canine Companions

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 …

3 Ways to Find Light when the Holidays Feel Dark

When the holidays remind us of those that have been lost.

3 Ways to Make Friends with Time

Access vast reservoirs of hidden time.

4 Crystals to Amplify the Energy of the Full Moon

These four crystals, plus a potent ritual, can help you tap into the powerful energy of the full moon.

4 Steps to Transform Your Morning

Stretching, meditation, and gratitude make up this simple daily ritual from writer and teacher Geri Larkin.

5 Ways to Use Sound for Energy Clearing

Different sounds are powerful tools to clear and transform energy.

A Creative Contemplative Offering for Solstice

The Solstice is a time of celebration in anticipation of Light’s return and the rebirth of the Sun. 

A Full Moon Ritual for Release

The full moon offers a potent time to create rituals.

A Love Spell and Ritual for Valentine’s Day

“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.”

A Ritual for Honoring the Loss of a Human or Animal Companion

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.

A Ritual for the Deeper Meaning of Halloween

Connect with the wisdom of this holiday, which comes between the fall equinox and the winter solstice.

A Ritual For Welcoming Moon Season

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.

A Ritual to Honor Water

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…

A Ritual to Reclaim Dinner

Rather than thinking of dinnertime as a chore, create nightly dinner rituals to connect more with the loved ones around your table.

A Ritual to Reconnect with Your Ancestors

Try this ritual to invite connection with and guidance from your ancestors.

Ayurveda Inspired Rituals for Spring

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.

Become Your Community's Ritual Maker

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.

Bringing Food: Making a Gift of Comfort More Meaningful

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…

Building Altars For Personal Transformation

Creating an altar with the intention for transformation is a powerful way to keep your focus on your intentions.

Celebrating Winter: Retreat and Renew

Use these practices to inspire more ease and play this season

Circle of Strength: A Ritual for Times of Change

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…

Create A Living Ritual

How to connect through our bodies with the transcendent dimension of our lives.

Create an Intentional Morning Routine

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.

Create Your Own Tea Ritual

“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…

Creative Spiritual Practices for Your Family this Lent

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Deepen Your Practice: A Neighborhood Pilgrimage

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…

Drinking in the Joy

An excerpt from Randi Ragan’s book A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind, and Spirit

End of Year Ritual: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

A simple and effective end of year ritual is to carve out a little time for yourself to meditate and journal.

Find a Fresh Perspective Through Inversion

“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 Body and Soul

Find the right tea to soothe yourself, body and soul.

Fresh Start

Try one of our favorite morning rituals to set the right tone for your day.

Full Moon Ritual Bath

A ritual bath for self reflection and integration of our shadow selves.

Gifts of the Spirit

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…

Gratitude Ritual for the New Moon

The new moon, fully inhabiting the shadow, offers a potent time for exploring gratitude for the rhythms of life.

Gratitude: An Act of Truth Telling

Excerpted from Ambition Addiction: Giving Thanks on the Road to Recovery by Benajmin Shalva

Healing with Trees: Cultivating Patience and Presence

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Holding up the Mirror: Rituals for Self-Reflection

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…

Honest Feasting: Mourning and Celebrating within Jewish Traditions

Weddings and funerals: Rabbi Rami has an honest conversation about traditions and how we honor them.

Honoring Everyday Transitions: "Do, Be"

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…

Honoring Our Ancestors: They are Closer than We Think

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,…

How to Cleanse Energy by Burning Sage

If you’re interested in cleansing your body, mind, aura, or just your physical space, try these 10 tips for smudging sage.

How to Design a Successful Ceremony

An excerpt from The Book of Ceremony

How to Ground and Refresh with a Bathtime Ritual

Try this loving bathtime ritual on your own and receive a dose of self-love you likely need and definitely deserve.

How to Sleep Better in 15 Minutes

Try this 15-minute Norse-inspired ritual before bed for blissful sleep.

June: The Harbinger of All Things Good

How to celebrate the summer solstice and other special occasions this season.

Keening: The Power of a Really Good Celtic Cry

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 …

Land of the Remembered: Rituals from the Heart

Creating grief rituals is as individual as the one who mourns and can help us continue to feel connected.

Letting Go of Solitude

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.

Mabon: A Ritual for the Autumn Equinox

Honor the shadow and the light with this Mabon, or Autumn Equinox, ritual.

Making Everyday Spaces Sacred Through Intuitive Ritual

Draw sacredness into your life whenever you need it with simple intentional rituals.

Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice

How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.

Memory Walk: An Everyday Ritual to Connect to Nature

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. …

Minimalist Religion, Maximalist Faith

Contributing editor Rabbi Rami asks whether you're a maximalist or a minimalist when it comes to religion and faith.

Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring Full Moon

On the full moon, create a ritual that has meaning for you.

Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring New Moon

Julie Peters shares her personal ritual for the new moon.

Moon Rituals: Tending Your Internal Garden

“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.”

Morning Altars by Artist Day Schildkret

Learn more about artist Day Schildkret's daily practice of creating morning altars here.

Music Review: Ritual

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…

My Practice: A Feng Shui Expert’s Daily Routine for Wellness

Take an honest walk through modern day feng shui expert, Laura Benko’s daily routine.

New Moon Meditation for Calling in What You Desire

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…

November: Ceremony

Rituals, ancient wisdom, and practices for conscious death and dying.

Planting for the Future

Sponsored Content from Celebrant Foundation & Institute

Powerful Practice for the Waning Moon

Use the waning moon as an opportunity for release.

Remembering Our Roots

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…

Rites of Autumn Equinox

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Ritual Connection: 5 Daily Practices to Strengthen Your Relationship

Connecting in small and simple ways is the lifeblood of relationships. Try these practices to stay close to one you love.

Ritual Science

A new field of research explores how diverse spiritual practices use the same scents, sounds, and movements to tap into our deepest selves.

Rituals to Restore & Refresh the Spirit

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 …

Solstice: The Wheel of Life

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Sustenance Rituals to Replenish the Well

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The Chant at This Sacred Ritual Is Cheers

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…

The Equinox as Catalyst for Healing

Think of March as a second New Year with resolutions for healing and recovery in our lives.

The Great Symphony of Life

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…

The Heart Within the Holidays

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 Joy of Spring

Modern living causes us to overlook the obvious. Here’s how not to let that happen.

The Power of Group Devotion, 100 Million Strong

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 …

The Power of the Moon

Learning how to tap into the phases of the moon can be a powerful practice.

The Therapeutic Value of the Five Elements

The Five Elements offer information that connects us to nature and our bodies and helps us to understand our energy and emotions.

The Venerable Bead

A nonbeliever seeks comfort in the ritual of the rosary.

Turning to the Morning: Sunset Rituals

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…

Unleavening

The Ancient and Modern Practice to Free Your Soul

Winter Solstice Meditation

A time for grieving, acknowledging what's been lost, and letting go.

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