The Power of Ritual
Looking for a good book recommendation? Check out “The Power of Ritual,” by Casper Ter Kuile. Ter Kuile outlines various strategies for “turning everyday activities into soulful practices” in his latest book, drawing on rich historical, religious, and cultural traditions spanning time and space. By using ritual, routine, and intentionality, we can deepen our connection to the different components of our lives and feel more fulfilled.
Living in this disconnected, high speed world, has yielded a sort of glorification of efficiency and speed over connection and intention. We’re quick to check all of the boxes we need to in order to get the job done, but what we’re left with is this feeling of… meaninglessness. We discussed Christine Ryff’s Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being a while back, and one of those factors is “purpose in life”—consider this concept of building in ritual and focusing on reconnecting to something greater than ourselves as a direct tool to build up this feeling of purpose and meaning in our lives.
We won’t dig into all the details here (we’ll leave that genius to Casper!), but it’s worth dipping our toes into the four different categories of connection that Ter Kuile suggests we can strengthen through implementing ritual into our lives. You may notice that these speak to a lot of the work that we’ve already done with mindfulness, connecting to others, and strengthening our self-esteem.
Each of the following categories are integral to living a purposeful life, and are something to consider moving forward in this new alcohol-free life. We have a lot of open space in our lives without alcohol, don’t we? When we focus on building routine, ritual, and habit, we work on filling that empty space with things that make us feel really good. (And won’t result in us losing our keys or texting our ex, probably.)