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On Ritual 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is ritual?”

“The practice of turning the profane into the sacred.

Creating sacred time and sacred space.”

On Ritual

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves. (Thich Nhat Hanh)


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What does ritual mean to you?”

“It means performing an action meaningfully.

Thich Nhat Han’s quote beautifully captures this idea for me.

The focus is not on the what, but on the how of it. Ritual is a profound acknowledgement that how you do anything matters.”

“So it’s in the mindset, not the actions.”

“Yes.

There’s a quote I love by Joseph Campbell:

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.

For me, this concept(ual model) of sacred space is at the heart of ritual. And I extended it to time as well: sacred time.

Through ritual, you are creating sacred space and sacred time.

Ritual is the gateway into the Universe of the Sacred.”


Life-Artist 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“You’ve undoubtedly heard the words ‘The Art of Living’ many times.”

“I have.”

“For a long time I read the words without grasping the meaning [<link; medium length].

To really grasp the meaning is to LIVE it.

I call this ‘lived-understanding‘.

To really grasp the meaning is to BECOME the Artist you were always meant to be.

When you do, your WHOLE LIFE becomes your canvas, a fundamental means of self-expression.

It’s hard to convey how profound that is.

There isn’t ANYTHING that isn’t your Art.

From the Inner Realm to the Outer, from the personal to the interpersonal. Body, Mind, Spirit, EVERYTHING is your Art.

And your Art is SACRED.

You shape it moment by precious moment, with every breath, with every micro-choice you make.

To use a metaphor, think of a picture on your computer. When you zoom all the way in, what do you see?”

“Pixels.”

“That’s what your life looks like at the micro-level.

As the Artist, you must have the Vision to SEE the Macro in the Micro [<link; medium], to see the zoomed-out picture in the pixel of the moment.”