The Purpose of Rituals

[The purpose of rituals is] to end, for a time, our sense of human alienation from nature and from each other. Ritual seems to be one method of reintegrating individuals and groups into the cosmos, and to tie in the activities of daily life with their ever present, often forgotten, significance. It allows us to feel biological connectedness with ancestors who regulated their lives and activities according to seasonal observances. Just as ecological theory explains how we are interrelated with all other forms of life, rituals allow us to re-create that unity in an explosive, non-abstract, gut-level way. Rituals have the power to reset the terms of our universe until we find ourselves suddenly and truly “at home.”  ~   Margot Adler

 

 

Musings

What rituals are already present in your daily life?  Can you think of ways with which to adapt them (or even create new rituals) to deepen your connection to nature? How can you extend this practice of reclaiming to include your family, your peers and your community?