My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Rites of passage bring more awareness to our lives, simply by taking the time to do them.”
… and that is exactly why I read this book. I believe that taking the time to honor and celebrate the milestones in our lives we will be more present and available to our lives. Ritual is a focus of intention… and the author states,
“The single most important element in any rite is setting your intention. Rituals are neutral containers for the present moment. You determine by your attitude, frame of mind, and actions the positive and negative quality of that vessel as well as the flow of energy through it.”
Though most of the book is focused on the author telling stories of ritual in her life ( and she was clear about this intention from the beginning) I found the stories too specific for application in my life. What I appreciate most about the book is it helped me to shake off the idea that rituals have to be big, elaborate events with lots of pomp and circumstance. The rituals described in this book are every day acts like making dinner… just with focused energy on what the author wanted to honor.
This is a good book for anyone just opening up to the idea of adding ritual in their own life.
The elements and symbols are taking from a Native American heritage… so if you are drawn to more Celtic or Chinese traditions, this may not be the book for you.