What small rituals make you grateful?
August 20, 2011 8:26 PM Subscribe
What are your favorite rituals or good luck tics?
posted by ajarbaday to Religion & Philosophy (19 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I wouldn't say that I'm a superstitious person, but I tend to be comforted by small rituals or practices. I'm not sure exactly how to describe this, so I'll give examples. At night, I like to list the things that I am grateful for in a day as a token of recognition, which helps me feel more at ease when I'm falling asleep. I've built a couple of small shrines of leaves and bark and odd found objects at the base of trees, and the combination of collection and thoughtfulness is something that gives the activity a sense of importance regardless of its actual worth. I've also done random things for my friends, when they are too far away to communicate with - made little boats out of leaves and filled them with flowers to drop into the ocean with good wishes for them. I suppose perhaps this falls into the realm of non-religious ritual, and for me it gives me that same drop-in-the-universe feeling that spending the night under the stars or a day of random good fortune will give.
Don't get me wrong, i will also express those feelings and act in rational ways towards gols and I don't believe at all that these are ways to stock any sort of good luck cache in the world - but they are activities that are small, pleasant and thoughtful diversions that I find appeal to my sense of order and place. Keeping in mind that I not religious, are there any other small rituals that you practice which might be seen as frivolous, but which feel meaningful to you? Any and all strange examples are great, I'm thinking of ways to commemorate those elusive moments of gratitude combined with transience.