Creating rituals in a chaotic world

November 19, 2009 at 7:33 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Studies have shown that meaningful rituals are associated with increased marital satisfaction and a heightened sense of personal identity among adolescents.

Remember your elders. Include family elders in the creation and performance of family rituals to provide them an opportunity to pass down traditions, and to give children a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves.

Include the kids. Let children help create their own meaningful rites of passage for coming of age from adolescence to adulthood. Ask them, for example, what they would like to take with them on their journey forward and what they would like to leave behind.

Celebrate milestones. Use ceremony to mark passages such as retirement or career change, or to commemorate the beginning or end of business relationships.

Home sweet home. Honor the space that you live in by creating a new house dedication or blessing ceremony. Have everyone pitch in to plant a tree to truly make the plot your own.

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