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Rediscovering Ritual

My personal definition of ritual: a symbolic set of actions with ceremonial import, performed at a predesignated moment, usually designed to be replicated.

Ritual is a powerful way to connect specific aspects of our lives to the sacred dimension of existence. As we search for meaning in the puzzle of our experience, we perform rituals to ceremonialize the most compelling pieces.

Today marks the Spring Equinox and the corresponding Pagan festival of Ostara. Today is also Palm Sunday in the Christian tradition, the Sunday before Easter (the similarity between the words Ostara and Easter is no coincidence; you can find more information by clicking the "Ostara" link above). 
In the week leading up to Easter, many Christians will attend Holy Week services (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil). In these services both traditional and modern rituals will be performed, designed to bring lay Christians closer to the sacred dimension of life. 
I love returning to the rituals of…

All Is Well

To look around you,
to listen to stories,
to read all the words,
to hear the alarm bells,
succumbing to the sirens,
you could start to believe something insidious,
something corrosive.

At the heart of the Universe,
at the heart of the world,
at the heart of you,
there is an Equilibrium.

No matter the winds,
the powers,
the forces,
igniters of revolution,
voices crying calamity,
signaling the cycle of lack and plenty,
sickness and health, birth and death,
and ever-present dis-ease:

All Is Well. There is Ease. There is a Center Point from which everything flows in,
and flows out,
and in that Eye of the Storm,
it is peaceful.

Remember this,
not only in fleeting angst and discomfort,
but in sweet moments, in the midst of pleasure.

There are so many people, places and things
and I am one,
yet I am One,
so I am well,
and All Is Well.