In this modern world, where life often occurs at a dizzying pace, we can all benefit by welcoming ceremony into our lives. Ceremony calls us to slow down, to reflect on what has been, to appreciate what is happening now, and to anticipate what lays before us as we journey forward in life. Ceremony helps us mark our rites of passage, a birth, coming of age, graduation, a marriage, a new job, retirement, and finally death. It can provide support and sustenance as we participate in this deeply human experience called life.
In distant times, communities rallied around one another, gathering to celebrate and mark the passing of time, the change of seasons, a bountiful harvest, the coming and going of life. Today, many of these traditional practices have fallen away and we gather more erratically – perhaps it is because of distance, or diverging beliefs as we blend traditions, cultures and faith, or maybe it is as simple, yet complex, as having many interests competing for our time and attention. Whatever the reason, we can add meaning and richness, even invite hope back into our lives, our families and our communities by intentionally creating opportunities for ceremony and ritual to celebrate and honour our humanity.
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