ritual.

November 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

 

“Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it’s an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon’

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“Your job then, should you choose to accept it, is to keep searching for the metaphors, rituals and teachers that will help you move ever closer to divinity……I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. I think you are free to search for any metaphor whatsoever which will take you across the worldly divide whenever you need to be transported or comforted. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

The Hopi Indians thought that the world’s religions each contained one spiritual thread, and that these threads are always seeking each other, wanting to join. When all the threads are finally woven together they will form a rope that will pull us out of this dark cycle of history and into the next realm.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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http://southwestdesertlover3.rssing.com/chan-7566153/all_p23.html

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“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” – Michael Pollan

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Mesa Verde

http://interactives.krqe.com/photomojo/gallery/10190/195375/december-snow-rolls-over-nm/mesa-verde-by-luminaria-light/

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“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremny of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde Winter Festival

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“If theater is ritual, then dance is too… It’s as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello

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Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park

http://blaineharrington.photoshelter.com/image/I0000F1eVErzgW7Y

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“What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation.

When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.” ― John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

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Mesa Verde Cliff Palace

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20151209/NEWS01/151209838/Mesa-Verde-lights-Cliff-Palace

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“Stories help you understand your life,she’d say. Stories can heal. And I think she’s right, because why do old guys back from the war tell their experiences again and again? Why did people of long ago make up elaborate tales of mythical beings? Why do people sit in a room and reveal the pieces of their life to doctors trained to listen, and why are they cured by doing that? Whylibraries? Come on, all those stories, pieces of life told again and again. We need them. Stories are a ritual that put all the crazy shit about life into a form that makes sense. We’re all like the little kids that need to be read the same story over and over again.” ― Deb Caletti, The Story of Us

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Spruce Tree House lit up during the annual Luminarias event at Mesa Verde National Park

http://www.wilkinsonvisual.com/southwest-colorado-photography/

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“I don’t know what rituals my kids will carry into adulthood, whether they’ll grow up attached to homemade pizza on Friday nights, or the scent of peppers roasting over a fire, or what. I do know that flavors work their own ways under the skin, into the heart of longing. Where my kids are concerned I find myself hoping for the simplest things: that if someday they crave orchards where their kids can climb into the branches and steal apples, the world will have trees enough with arms to receive them.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

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Luminarias San Filipe

https://kcstories.wordpress.com/tag/luminarias/

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“She was a great cook, but she cooked more for herself than for other people, not because she was hungry but because she was comforted by the rituals of the kitchen.” ― Ruth Reichl, Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
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Luminarias
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“You may not realize it but you’re seeking the silence in your soul, a plea where you go to find the best of yourself. Learning a simple and beautiful skill, like choosing a teapot, that’s seeking that silence, creating rituals where that silence may be found and nurtured. As long as you have that place, you’ll never lose yourself, who you are, what you want. But you have to remember to keep bringing flowers into your meadow, always one at a time, to appreciate each blossom, to honor its contribution to your character. It helps make you into the person you were meant to be.” – Joey W Hill
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