Tag: Ritual

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May 18, 2017

We often speak about how best to heal the world around us, but it’s also essential to nurture ourselves. A reflection on self-care as a crucial part of healing one another.

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April 11, 2017

A visual tour of a whimsical and unsettling carnival of masked figures and horned demons — a survivor of northern Spain’s Celtic roots.

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December 23, 2016

Paul Elie navigates the winding path of Advent, and finds quiet ways to start anew in the meeting of ritual and the rhythms of everyday life.

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October 16, 2016

A faith must account for the states and stages of life: joy and thriving, sorrow and death. Omid Safi honors the ritual of Ashura, a cornerstone of Islam whose historical, spiritual, and social significance carries forth to modern life.

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October 11, 2016

Mortality is real for all of us, regardless of whether we believe in fate. Marty Kaplan contemplates the hubris of making plans in a universe of improv.

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October 6, 2016

Often, the remedy to what ails us is simpler than we think. Omid Safi shares a comedic lesson on recognizing the blessings that are already within us.

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September 29, 2016

For Omid Safi, the words and movements of prayer are more than rote. A reflection on faith as a lived embodiment of love.

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September 14, 2016

The violence of our culture can trap us in a spiral of fear and paralysis. Parker Palmer on the importance of centering our minds and hearts in sacred spaces of our own, wherever we may find them.

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July 11, 2016

“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of “Running the Spiritual Path,” a how-to guide on running as meditation and prayer.

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June 10, 2016

“You’re running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you’re being vulnerable with them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.

Christina Torres completes the Kauai Marathon in Kauai, Hawaii.
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May 29, 2016

“Once I started running it was really hard to be angry at my body in the same way.” Teacher, writer, and Mexipina Christina Torres on how running helps her deal with anxiety, body image, and understanding her deepest sense of self.

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May 20, 2016

Gold medalist Billy Mills tells his redemptive story of how running healed his “broken soul” and saved his life. And he shares a mystical story uniting his father’s words with Lakota wisdom as he crossed the finish line.

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March 3, 2016

We often talk about breaking bread around the dinner table, but what about baking bread in community. A young woman shares her encounter with making challah, reconnecting to tradition through intimacy, and reimagining ritual in a secular age.

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December 6, 2015

Christmas is an extrovert; Advent is an introvert’s season. A reflection on the expectant, hopeful, solemn season of waiting.

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November 29, 2015

As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.

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November 17, 2015

The daughter of the renowned Hindi poet Kailash Vajpeyi turns to ancient rivers and archaic rituals to find comfort in the uninterrupted thread running through her past, present, and future.

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November 7, 2015

The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.

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October 3, 2015

In an increasingly frenetic world, emptying the mind in intentional silence can feel impossible. By returning to the Quaker tradition, one mother rediscovers the solace of communal stillness and embracing the busyness of her thoughts.

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September 8, 2015

We’re officially back into the full swing of production! Amidst the flurry of exciting work, we’re grateful for the chance to reflect on the centering power of daily ritual, facing mortality with hope, and defining our lives by the quality of our actions.

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September 4, 2015

The frenetic pace of life can be overwhelming, making ritual even more necessary. But it doesn’t have to be religious, or even spiritual in nature. Daily tasks can ground and center us, clearing our minds and helping us focus on the profundity in the seemingly mundane of this world.

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August 11, 2015

In this Letter from Loring Park, our executive editor lists three compelling reads under five minutes and some of our most popular columns. Enjoy the journey.

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August 7, 2015

Rituals provide structure for the full spectrum of our emotional lives – but for those who don’t identify with an organized religion, how are rituals developed? Courtney Martin ponders the “muddy, sacred” experience of creating rituals.

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July 21, 2015

At a nondescript ranch house in upstate New York, devotees gather for a practice both incalculably ancient and radically fresh — and in the process, connect with a larger story of the way things have always been: needs and hopes, dangers and joys, smoke and fire. A vivid, rich portrait of Hindu ritual in modern times.

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July 4, 2015

A longtime yogi sees fatherhood through the lens of the complementary balance of effort and ease, strength and softness.

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May 2, 2015

“Ritual does for behavior what poetry does for words.” When the hope of youthful enthusiasm turns grim and gray and the spiritual challenge of uncertainty beckons, a rabbi finds hope in ritual as poetry in action, recognizing the spirituality in the routine, recapturing the sacred in the mundane, and rediscovering beauty in the ordinary.

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January 26, 2015

Mary Oliver with some 140-character gems teams up with guidelines on designing ritual for the “Nones” and an essay on the distance to suffering. Also, sharing some quotations from our new iPad app and a humanizing speech from MLK.

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January 23, 2015

In a day where more and more wedding ceremonies are not presided over by an official religious figure, there’s much to figure out when it comes to designing a ritual. Some practices to consider for modern nuptials.

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January 2, 2015

Tonight, all around the world, many Muslims celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with festive decorations, devotional songs, and sweet candies. Omid Safi explains the annual ritual in more detail and the debate among Muslims about celebrating it.

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December 23, 2014

Through learning about Advent’s ancient connection to the Winter Solstice, the author rediscovers the “silky silence” of December’s darkness and the “nascent light” inside each one of us.

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December 7, 2014

In a culture of curated sharing, the intimacy of human touch can be daunting — even for a pastor. An essay on how the practice of laying on of hands is a quiet and necessary rite that ought to become part of our story again.

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November 21, 2014

Atul Gawande’s new book on the aging and the dying process inspires this column on turning bearing witness to our own instincts and doing things a different way.

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October 3, 2014

Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.

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September 28, 2014

During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.

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August 18, 2014

A mix of unexpected joy from a prairie trombone and a Finnish folk band playing AC/DC paired with a sage Nobel Prize-winning Bengali, a nonagenarian from Boston, and columnists Parker and Courtney. Quite swath of things to think about and carry into the week.

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August 8, 2014

In a culture with too few rituals, what role does drink play in the contemporary rituals of our times? Courtney Martin on memory, communal moments, and the potential for a true suspension of self.

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December 23, 2013

How does a child of Indian immigrants — and a new mother — who isn’t Christian celebrate the Christmas season in the U.S.? By taking it in and making it her own tradition.

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November 12, 2012

The Chief Rabbi of the UK says that the plasticity of our brains should lead us into a whole new study about “deep practice” and developing attributes such as gratitude in our daily rituals.

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June 25, 2012

How do we respect the depth of a Christian snake handler’s faith — and talk about it without caricaturing or lauding his life?

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June 18, 2012

Some beautiful photos of Pagans and others celebrating summer solstice around the world. Who wants to jump the fire with us?

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May 22, 2012

The same evening that 40,000 Orthodox Jews gathered for a rally to consider the dangers of the Internet (and its responsible use), an email from a local conservative synagogue arrived in my inbox to remind me of a ritual for observant Jews to count the Omer.

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April 6, 2012

The Thursday of Holy Week (the week before Easter) has special meaning for Christians. Often referred to as Holy Thursday or…

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February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday is today, inaugurating this year’s season of Lent. Cultural customs dictate “giving something up” for Lent. Without any…

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February 21, 2012

The language of “spiritual journey” is commonplace in describing the season of Lent — the 40-day pilgrimage Christians undertake as they trek with Jesus from the wilderness to the garden to the garbage heap of Golgotha and beyond.

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February 20, 2012

In preparation for the Maha Shivratri festival, an Indian girl touches up these in-demand statuettes of Lord Shiva at a…

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February 8, 2012

Shia mourners splash water onto a tomb during a traditional burial ritual in Bahrain. (phoot: Al Jazeera English) When a…

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January 6, 2012

Iraqi Christian girls attend Christmas Mass at Chaldean Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan on December 25, 2011. (photo: Ali Jarekji/Reuters)…

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December 28, 2011

Although I was born on Christmas, I feel like I’m slightly part Hanukkah now. Each year since I remarried —…

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April 25, 2011

The end of Easter in Prague, Czech Republic. (photo: Leonardo Sagnotti/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0) In the Czech Republic, a tradition…

A sign hangs outside Taizé.
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April 24, 2011

Remembering that the celebrations of Holy Week are not about cataclysmic resurrections, but about bravely entering into loneliness with a small spring of consoling company.

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December 19, 2010

by Jessica Kramer, guest contributor Christmas is almost upon us. In seeking God during this time, I have sought renewal…

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