Rituals

by johnandterri

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“Don’t travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting all the time. On a long journey there are bound to be some boring stretches.” Daniel Berrigan

Walking the Camino, we certainly experienced some very long boring parts of our walk across Spain. One of the keys to walking this long walk was to recognize the value of ritual to our daily routine. Regardless of how we felt we followed a daily ritual to hold us together.

We arose before dawn, dressed, washed our face, brushed our teeth, applied our sunscreen and began walking. We found our morning coffee and snack as soon as we could and then we were off again. We would look forward to getting off our feet for lunch and then it was off for our afternoon walking till we reached our destination for the night. Once we hit the Albergue, we would wash our clothes, take a shower, blog and journal, and then we were off to dinner and bed. This was our ritual.

It turns out the ritual can be very important to our health and well being it seems. Ritual practice keeps us doing the things we should be doing even though we don’t feel like it. Children crave routine and ritual. It is really vital to their health. We have sure been reminded of this as we care for our two grandchildren each week. Sticking to “the routine” keeps them happy and healthy. You see we can not live our lives by feelings alone. Feelings are like the weather and are always changing, we need ritual to hold us together, to contain us.

“Be wary of anyone who in the name of psychology, love, or spirituality tells you that ritual is empty and you must rely on your energy, mood, and feelings as your guiding compass. They won’t carry you far.” Fr Ron Rolheiser

So I say, embrace the ritual. Having trouble with an area of your life you want to get control over and help you become the best version of yourself. Begin a new ritual that will help you to get it under control. I have seen that the more discipline I apply in my life to increase my healthy rituals, the happier I am. Give it a try!

Blessings and all good,

John

Photograph of the Week

New and Growing

I created this image from a photograph taken during walk across Spain. We came across a number of newly planted forests on our walk. I loved the repeated patterns of the trees and they attracted my attention with the interesting lighting as well. I have to say this came out even better than I thought. I really love image. I need to get this one printed up!