When asked to think of a ritual, what comes to mind? The answer is unique to each of us. From a meditative morning stroll around the block to applauding key workers from our doorsteps, this year has seen us turning to all kinds of rituals – both big and small – as a way to differentiate our days and seek comfort, hope and inspiration.
As we approach the season of giving, sharing the gift of a ritual with a loved one offers them a way to elevate their everyday, and transform ordinary moments into meaningful experiences. Read on to learn more about the art of moment making and explore our Rituals gift guide.
What is a ritual?
The key ingredient to ‘ritualise’ any moment, is intention. In actuality, a ritual can be almost anything you want it to be – or rather, almost anything can be made into a ritual. Unlike habits which are formed over time, rituals exist only in the present moment: as if captured in a picture-frame, time is given a shape through the rituals we perform. A ritual is not something we do subconsciously, as habits often will be; it is willingly brought into being by the intention we are devoting to the present moment.
Why are rituals useful?
A way of training our mind to be more present, rituals have the ability to elevate moments in our everyday lives into more meaningful experiences. This in turn has a positive effect on our well-being and can dispel anxiety by diverting our attention away from the past, and the future (where anxiety resides). The positive effects of the rituals we perform for ourselves in a private setting can be seen and felt in our social behaviour, and how we interact with family, friends or work colleagues on a day to day basis.
Rituals for self-reflection
Crystals are a naturally energetic medium, and are a wonderful addition to any ritual. Our Crystal Chakra Collection will enable you to harness this healing ability – whether it’s a reflective meditation using your chosen crystal, or carrying a single crystal in your pocket for your daily walk. Learn more about the power of crystals.