Why Rituals Matter

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As I look back many of my childhood memories are around family rituals. I can still smell the sugar cookies with the slice of guava paste in the air. My mom would make sure to have these ready, as we walked in the front door after school. “Be careful, the guava is still hot!” She would caution us, as we blew on our hot cookies.

It’s these moments that shape our world as we grow up. It’s no wonder that I love to bake! Mom was always baking something to please the family. Of course, you all know that today my baking is all low carb, but that’s another post, today let’s try to focus on rituals and why they matter.

Some rituals growing up were more practical, like the cocimientos (medicinal teas). Stomach ache? No problem, that’s what manzanilla (chamomile tea) was for. Mom had a cociemento for just about everything. I guess it’s a Hispanic thing, or maybe it’s a mom thing. All I know, is that we had to drink them and it was not always a pleasant experience. Funny how as we mature, we long more for those familiar rituals. If my mom were to offer me a cocimiento today, I would jump at the opportunity. Oh how things change, as we finally grow up.

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In a world overloaded with media it can be a challenge to slow down for a comforting ritual. I must admit that I have several rituals that are sacred to me. For instance, my morning cup of coffee that must consist of grinding the coffee beans moments before and always using a French press. Yes, I am a bit of a coffee snob. But you know you are going to have a great cup of coffee at Casa Solares. I lost track years ago of the amount of people who now drink their coffee this way, because I introduced them to this amazing ritual.

What about the rituals that expand our world? I have always been an avid reader, I get that trait from my dad. Dad always had a book of some sort in his hands, today he does most of his reading online. I can’t tell you how excited he got when we introduced him to this new world of free constant information.  I love that till this day you can talk to my dad about just any subject and he has something to bring to the table. I remember as teenager when I aimed to be more like dad in that respect, still working on that goal. Grateful for his example. Today, both my children love to read and I attribute it to my upbringing.

Rituals can teach us. As a creative, some would say out of the box thinker, I am always reading all sorts of random articles,books. Why? Creative people find inspiration from areas outside their domain of expertise. It’s a way to keep pushing ourselves to grow. I can’t tell you how many times I read something that had nothing to do with art, that made me jump up and compelled me to create something with my hands.

Yet, my most important and life changing ritual, is the time I spend with God reading the Bible, with or without coffee. Sometimes, it’s a pot of tea or just a tall glass of water. You see this ritual above all the others, has transformed my life. I take time to read a passage of scripture daily, let it sink in and then I ask the Lord to reveal what He wants to teach me. At times, I use devotionals but many times I just read a different book of the Bible at a time and stop to meditate on verses that speak to me. I have even had seasons of Bible Art journaling! What never fails to amaze me, is that if you take the time to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His word to you, you are never left wanting.

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Can I encourage you to start your day with a ritual and end your day with yet another? You may be surprised how rituals especially one that includes some alone time with God will transform your world.

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8 thoughts on “Why Rituals Matter

  1. Yvette says:

    There’s nothing like spending some quality time with the Lord in your routine/daily ritual! And I can’t say enough about sipping a hot cup of tea or freshly ground coffee at Casa Solares! It’s like coming home on a cool autumn day and cozying up with the perfect blankie and book! (Even though we don’t have too many cool autumn days down here in So. Florida) :/ Oh well, one can dream….

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  2. this abundant life says:

    What a beautiful post! I needed this reminder to slow me down, to notice the little things, to savor the moments. It is so easy to rush through everything each day, but when everything is viewed as a ritual or as a form of worship, it adds so much meaning. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  3. deborahcrocker says:

    This post is beautifully written . Thank you for the reminder of peace in the quiet times with ourLord.
    I’m so guilty of striving with my read the Bible through plan., instead of the just soak Him in plan.
    Believe I’ll take a few now.

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