Rituals are practices we use to mark a particular time, space, or transition as important, sacred, or worthy of memory, keeping us grounded and connected within a culture, nature, and/or the spiritual world. These activities both add and reinforce meaning in our lives, whether they are small and personal (such as lighting a certain candle every evening), or large and complex (such as celebrating a royal wedding or a religious festival). We can find a lot of value and reassurance in rituals, whether by creating our own or participating in ones created thousands of years ago.
Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle...
On the first page of your autobiography you write, “My elders are convinced that the West is as endangered as the indigenous cultures it has decimated.” They sent you from your village into the “white wilderness” in part to help save us. In what way is the West endangered?
Do you have a morning ritual? What is your current morning ritual? Is doing yoga, meditation or exercise part of your morning ritual? In this episode, I’ll walk you through the importance of having a morning ritual where you can get connected and centered within yourself everyday.