Difference Between Ceremony and Ritual

I think of ceremonies as celebrations, there may be a group of people with a common goal. Ceremonies are wonderful times to celebrate the milestones of life, a birth, a marriage, a promotion, a graduation. They are the wonderful times of our life where we can celebrate being alive. And it seems that humans are built with the desire to believe in something greater than themselves, a higher source.

Rituals are things we do on a regular basis, our routine. For example, working people have a morning ritual when they get ready for work.
How do we take rituals from the mundane to the profound? By our intent.

Part of my ritual is to feed my mesa daily, burn a candle, connect to the Divine.

Set the power of your mind into what you are doing, and see beyond the obvious to see the greater vision of our acts. Rituals don’t have to be complex — perhaps its a daily walk, or 10 minutes of quiet reflection.

Rituals can be as simple as a regular walk along a shady path.

Spend time in quiet contemplation as part of your ritual.

What ritual and ceremony have in common, is they are ways to make our lives more meaningful, rather than letting the years pass by with little meaning.

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About Deanna Wind Haven Shaman

Deanna Strandquist is a modern day Shaman who practices Simple Living that feeds your Soul. Find tips and ideas that help you on the journey to simple living. Wind Haven Shaman
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