We may perform them consciously, or subconsciously. But we do perform them. Every day.
Being in India has reminded me of the importance of being mindful in our day-to-day routines. We choose to spend our time in certain ways. We are all dealt a hand, but it’s up to us what we do with it. We each experience a waking day. Sunrise. Sunset. And everything in between.
Change is a funny thing. We often think it eludes us. Or is unavailable. We often think we have no choice in our life. We have a mortgage to pay, children to care for, work to do, a life to live. But within that, we can choose to have a certain perspective, a particular internal dialogue or rituals that give our life more meaning, rather than remove it. We each prioritise what is most important to us. We say we don’t have time. But that’s because we’re giving our time to something else. We all have the same amount of time in our day, to do with as we choose. If you choose to sit back and whinge about having no choice, then that is up to you. Whether you realise it or not, you are making your choice simply by doing that. But there is always an alternative. There is always another way, if you really want it.
Even the tallest buildings are built from the ground on up.
There is something beautiful about building something brick by brick. Layer by layer. Slowly. Steadily. Mindfully. There is something grounding about stopping and simply being thankful for being alive. But taking this time and having this approach can mean stepping outside of the frantic pace the western world sets. It may mean reaching the realisation that you do not need it all right now. And you may actually find that having a little less, gives you a little more. So if you stop and mindfully create rituals for yourself, you can bring yourself a little closer to the moment, and a little closer to God, or whatever you believe in.
Every approach is valid. And the world continues to turn with many different views.
This is mine.
Yours might be very different.
And instead of flying through, as I used to, I am appreciating how ritual does affect our quality of life. I am appreciating how our choices can be either beneficial or detrimental to our wellbeing. Once our basic needs of survival are met, taking a little more time can be worth more than the money one could make with it.
What you have, does not determine your worth. How structured your world, does not determine your control. But how you spend your time, does certainly affect your experience. In many cases ritual is bound to religion. It’s a daily occurrence. A daily offering. A dedication and commitment of self. And the time in your day, how you spend it and its worth can only really be determined by you.
Regardless, it’s good to be alive.