Bridgetymology – ritual

WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD RITUAL? RITUAL IS OFTEN DEFINED AS SOMETHING THAT IS CHARACTERISTIC OF A RITE, PRACTICE OR OBSERVATION, PARTICULARLY OF A RELIGION. BUT HOW ELSE CAN WE USE IT?

LET’S GO AHEAD AND LOOK DEEPER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS WORD.

TODAY, KESHIIA IS GOING TO BREAK DOWN THE WORD RITUAL

HERE AT BRIDGET, WE’RE HUGE FANS OF EXPANDING OUR VOCABULARY AND BECOMING BETTER COMMUNICATORS. THAT IS WHY TODAY, KESHIIA BREAKS DOWN THE WORD ‘RITUAL’.

 

Define Ritual

LIKE MUCH OF OUR MODERN LANGUAGE, RITUAL, HAS LATIN ROOTS. THE ORIGINAL ROOT WORD WAS THE LATIN, “RITUS” WHICH MEANT RELIGIOUS CUSTOM.  THIS LATER FORMED INTO THE LATIN RITUALIS AND WAS ADOPTED INTO ENGLISH IN THE LATE 16TH CENTURY AS THE WORD ‘RITE’.  SIMILAR TO ITS PREDECESSORS, RITE MEANT A RELIGIOUS OR OTHER SOLEMN CEREMONY OR ACT.

FOR THE MOST PART, RITUAL IS A WORD THAT HAS STAYED FAIRLY IN LINE WITH IT’S ORIGINAL FORM AND MEANING. TODAY, MIRIAM WEBSTER DEFINES THE WORD RITUAL IN 3 WAYS:

: OF OR RELATING TO RITES OR A RITUAL : CEREMONIAL

A RITUAL DANCE

2: ACCORDING TO RELIGIOUS LAW

RITUAL PURITY

3: DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SOCIAL CUSTOM OR NORMAL PROTOCOL

RITUAL HANDSHAKES

RITUAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

THE LINK BETWEEN RITUAL AND RELIGION…

WHILE THE WORDS RITUAL AND RELIGION ARE TWO DIFFERENT WORDS, THERE REMAINS A DEFINITIVE LINK BETWEEN THE TWO.  WHERE RELIGION DEALS WITH A SYSTEM OF BELIEFS, RITUALS ARE THE MANIFESTATIONS AND PRACTICES OF THOSE BELIEFS.  SIMILAR TO THE NEW-AGE ADAGE THAT WHAT YOU ARE WHAT YOU CONSUME, RITUALS ARE BELIEFS ACTIVATED.  THEY ARE NOT JUST SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DOCTRINES THAT DEFINE YOUR LIFE AND MINDSET, BUT THEY ARE IDEAS PUT INTO PRACTICE.  WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE APPLICATION OF THESE MEANINGS, IT ALLOWS US TO LOOK AT RITUAL AND RELIGION FROM A BROADER VANTAGE POINT… AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO BECOMES CYCLICAL AND SYMBOLIC.  THE CYCLE: YOU PRACTICE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, AND YOUR BELIEFS ARE STRENGTHENED IN PRACTICE… AND THE SYMBOLISM: THINK RITES OF PASSAGE… WHICH ARE CEREMONIES, EVENTS, OR POINTS IN TIME THAT MARK AN IMPORTANT STAGE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE, FOR EXAMPLE GETTING YOUR FIRST PERIOD, YOUR FIRST BREAKUP, THE START OF PUBERTY…

AND LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO APPLY RITUALS IN A WAY THAT ENHANCES LIFE VIA SYMBOLISM AND PRACTICE… 

SELF-CARE IS NOT SYNONYMOUS WITH SELF-INDULGENCE OR BEING SELFISH. SELF-CARE MEANS TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF SO THAT YOU CAN BE HEALTHY, YOU CAN BE WELL, YOU CAN DO YOUR JOB, YOU CAN HELP AND CARE FOR OTHERS, AND YOU CAN DO ALL THE THINGS YOU NEED TO AND WANT TO ACCOMPLISH IN A DAY.  THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU CHOOSE TO DO SO ARE YOUR RITUALS.

AND THOSE SELF-CARE RITUALS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO LONGEVITY AND OTHER POSITIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES…  THERE’S A LOT OF RESEARCH, FOR EXAMPLE, SHOWING THAT THINGS LIKE EXERCISE, YOGA, AND MINDFULNESS ARE SUPPORTIVE OF EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING.

 

Perspective

AT THE END OF THE DAY, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, CREATING AND PRACTICING SELF-CARE IS A PRACTICE OF CONSISTENCY, IT SHOULD BE A PART OF OUR PERSONAL RELIGION, WITH OUR PRACTICES MANIFESTING AS THE RITUALS WHICH BECOME SACRED TO OUR EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL, AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING AS A WAY TO FIND HARMONY AND CREATE A STABLE FOUNDATION FOR ALL THE CHAOS, NOISE, AND BUZZ OF A BUSY LIFE.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS THAT YOU LEAN INTO?

SHARE THEM WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.

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