Homeschool: Before the Year Starts Thoughts/A Lesson on Rituals

One more month!!! I am so happy about the school year starting on September 1st, otherwise Summer would have just gone by too fast. The month of August is key for fully realized celebration of Summer Vacation.

I’m getting really excited to begin, I’m still initiating registration to the Inspire Charter School program, gathering important documents. I can’t wait to see what the different curriculums offer!

I want to be one of those women that contribute awesome worksheets and lesson plans into the homeschooling biosphere.

I love Morning Rituals. Human beings have thrived from rituals.

Rituals: a routine, picked out for a positive reason.

“Are rituals new to you? You might think so, but rituals are all over! if we examine the private and social patterns that we have created throughout our lives, we can begin to recognize, identify, affirm and claim the ways we have already, intentionally or not, established a system of celebration and commemoration for our families, our communities and ourselves. Christmas, birthdays, shaking hands [saying good morning every day to our iPhone].

While we may assume that their purpose is solely spiritual, in fact this is not so. It may be divided into several categories: spiritual, moral, educational, as well as political.

The performance of ritual creates a theatrical-like frame around the activities, symbols and events that shape participant’s experience and cognitive ordering of the world, simplifying the chaos of life and imposing a more or less coherent system of categories of meaning onto it.[19]”

As Barbara Myerhoff put it, “not only is seeing believing, doing is believing.”[20] Building on this new-found assurance, we can begin to nurture our creativity and consciously strive to liberate our spontaneity. We can learn to encourage our inner voice by studying our dreams, trusting our intuitions, heeding our instincts and pursuing our impulses. By freeing ourselves to follow the promptings of our private signs and signals we can develop our own symbolic vocabulary. In this way, we are able to constantly re-invent an individual ritual language, which can charge our special events as well as our common dailiness with clarity, energy, meaning and grace.

Ceremonial observance adds lucid layers — depth, dimension, drama and distinction — to our lives, making the ordinary seem special, and the special, extraordinary. Through the practice of ritual we are privileged to experience ourselves as prepared, present, passionate, principled and potent. When we set aside the quality time and claim the psychic space for ceremony, when we assume the authority to do so, we are able to transform our perceptions, our perspectives, our experiences, and in the process, our reality.”

Lesson about Rituals “Lambie: Life in itself is a stage, ever changing, perhaps even an illusion of nature that is reflected in a nebulous spiritualism that needs religious rituals to give it some degree of realism.

“Those around them also understand the role they play in following these patterns, making it easy for them to participate in what is a therapeutic activity without even realizing what they are doing.

Activities have four significant common ingredients, ones that particularly apply to the funeral ritual: meaning, message, group support and total involvement.

Research in archaeology and anthropology continues to shine light on the meaning and value of rites, rituals and ceremonies. Our ancient ancestors had insight into their emotions and the needs those emotions created as they lived and searched for meaning. With a primitive, spontaneous form of wisdom, they developed rituals to meet those needs. The meaning of a ritual is often not obvious in what is observed. Instead, the meaning is learned and acquired both directly and indirectly.

So rationally examining what is involved in a ritual will not be much help in understanding it. For example, if you were to watch a group of people filing past a casket, praying at a funeral or attending a funeral Mass, you would find it difficult to make any sense of what you were seeing. In fact, much of what was going on would appear to be senseless.

Primitive humans, with a deep and instinctual respect for their emotions, sought ways of to vent when life’s circumstances placed them under great stress. This type of folk wisdom seemed well on its way to being lost when psychologists and other personality experts such as Geoffrey Gore, Erik Erickson, Rollo May and Lawrence Abt began to study these rites, rituals and ceremonies in depth and discovered that they may be the most valid and easily accessible resources available to us when dealing with a crisis.

Recent research suggests that rituals may be more rational than they appear. Why? Because even simple rituals can be extremely effective. Rituals performed after experiencing losses – from loved ones to lotteries – do alleviate grief, and rituals performed before high-pressure tasks – like singing in public – do in fact reduce anxiety and increase people’s confidence. What’s more, rituals appear to benefit even people who claim not to believe that rituals work. While anthropologists have documented rituals across cultures, this earlier research has been primarily observational. Recently, a series of investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have a causal impact on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

But how do we know what to do in a ritual? It might seem audacious, even heretical, within the context of our culture’s innocent idolization of the expert opinion, to dare to presume that we might know what’s best for us.”

Anything sounds life-changing and spectacular under such an intense lens!

Opening: Deep Breathing & Warm-Up (9:00) Mother Earth by Eileen Hutchins Mother Earth, Mother Earth Take our seed and give it birth. Sister Rain, Sister Rain, Shed thy tears to swell the grain. Father Sun, gleam and glow, Until the roots begin to grow. Brother Wind, breathe and blow, so our grass of green will grow. Chill in the garden, have breakfast.

None of these things stuck.  What eventually came to be was breakfast and our schedule.

 

Further Resources: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cultural_Anthropology/Ritual_and_Religion

 

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