Ritual design

During ritual planning, you can discover how you can create your well-being by transforming your daily routine. Transforming habitual and entrenched activities into rituals can help combat a crisis of social isolation and a state of insecurity. Rituals are integrative practices; they allow us to connect deeply and joyfully to ourselves and others, reduce stress in our bodies, and focus on our actions. Rituals activate our behavior and give meaning, purpose to our lives - this is what we need most during COVID-19.

 

A ritual is an action performed in the same way in a certain situation, to which we associate symbols that are permeated by the power of meaning.

The ritual should not be confused with the habit or routine. What sets them apart is that we associate a report with one and not the other. This report does not have to be clear. Moreover, for an outsider, this meaning may be illogical or irrational. The ritual does not necessarily have to serve a practical purpose. Its role is that the practitioner is permeated by the report it associates with the environment and participants of the activity. It can reinforce feelings in the practitioner, such as gratitude, compassion, reverence, happiness, harmony, empathy, or ecstasy.

To make clear the difference between a ritual and a habit or routine, science often uses the example of elite athletes who have achieved outstanding results and prepare themselves for the competition with a ritual. Depending on the individual, it is a series of movements, reinforcements, symbols, environments that can consciously prepare your body and mind, strengthen your intentions, and energize your actions for performance, which is not necessarily associated with the meaning of success. A pre-race ritual reduces stress in the body and increases self-confidence. Rituals, no matter how simple, have been proven to be effective and have a positive effect on our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

So while habit and routine are regular activities to achieve an objective goal — such as running, which makes us healthier, fitter, or thinner — the goal of ritual is to integrate these activities and elevate them to the level of experience, making them meaningful. for example, to experience the feeling of freedom that we missed so much in our lives through running.

Rituals can serve us not only in the case of physical challenges. We can also benefit from significant events, such as a job interview, public speaking, first date or divorce mediation session, in situations of uncertainty. Before facing the challenges, we instinctively desire to alleviate our tension so that we can be one hundred percent present and act consciously, so we prepare: to give up our speech to someone, to review our slides several times, to try on more clothes, to practice in front of a mirror, we repeat our arguments over and over again. In situations like these, rational preparation helps you calm down, commit, activate, and give us a sense of control.

Sometimes we practice rituals that are less logical, but experience shows they still work. As a facilitator and mediator, it is important that I maintain my neutrality and mediate peace with my presence during developments. To create this, I have best practices: I press my feet hard to the floor, move my arms, take deep breaths while focusing on my stomach, touch my palms together, and imagine a certain expressive image in front of me. I perform this ritual before each facilitation job, and also when I feel like I am starting to get tense from the situation.

As human beings, we have always been ritual creators. We had rituals before we could communicate through speech. Even in our lives today, countless rituals help us experience different experiences: birthdays, the start of mornings, weddings, anniversaries or smelling the first flowers of spring. These take us through different stages of life, while some rituals reinforce the experience of belonging to a community, such as sporting events, national holidays, religious events, cultural events, family events, communal dining, professional events, and local events.

Ritual helps to fill our routines with a special experience, to make our everyday lives meaningful, and to create a culture of togetherness in our lives.

Rituals can contribute to our lives with the following values:

 

  1. Connection: During rituals taken from or practiced with others, activity deepens the sense of connection. You can live to be a part of a larger whole.

  2. Awareness and Intent: One of the main features of a ritual is that we are aware that something special is happening. This is what really sets it apart from habit, routine, or other regular activity. This activates the part of our brain through which we act more consciously. The symbols, as well as the meaning we associate with the activity, though, reinforce our intent. Awareness helps us tune in to a higher meaning, thus avoiding reckless action and moving away from stagnation, monotony, and repetition.

  3. Transcendentality: Rituals can bring inexplicable things to life in us. They may refer to things that are not necessarily rational and may evoke in us emotions that can best be described as transcendence. We can live to be connected to some higher and non-human or normal forces.

What is ritual design?

Ritual design is a well-being-focused experience planning. In the unique design process based on systems thinking, we focus on meaning, values, symbols, and narrative. In the conscious, bottom-up construction of activity, we shape the path of experience so that the values necessary to create a state of well-being are incorporated into your days through interactions such as love, gratitude, hope, faith, courage, focus, benevolence, compassion, perseverance, resilience, self-control, creativity, passion, objectivity, vision, sense of responsibility, willingness to act, connection, community experience, meaningfulness, vitality. We use frameworks and reflective questions during somatic design practice to shape your experience space to liberate and support the desired activity.

What is it good for?

  • To incorporate a new ritual into your daily activities: be it a whole new activity or transform an old, stuck habit or routine.

  • To work out how to bring to life and sustain existing or dead rituals: for example, how to reintroduce the ritual of mutual dialogue into the relationship, or how to recreate the atmosphere of peaceful family celebrations.

  • To transform relationships and community life with the power of rituals: this is when we look for answers to questions such as “What would it take to live a more peaceful, joyful, or perhaps more efficient daily life?”.

  • In preparation for a big change or challenge: whether it’s completing a doctoral dissertation, finding a new job, public speaking, or creating a new home, working with rituals can help you create, complete, achieve, and create them calmly and joyfully.

What change could rituals bring?

  • The special and positive experiences gained during the daily practice of rituals weave through our life stories, thus our beliefs, self-image, and values.

  • In the gray of everyday life, rituals give us a new perspective on meaningful life.

  • The state of well-being practiced during rituals re-wires our minds and our lives.

  • Rituals can help deal with stress and challenges.

  • The integrative power of rituals activates new behavior, which can become our nature with practice.

  • With the help of rituals, we can systematically transform our daily habits, so our overall mood, vitality and efficiency.

  • With the practice of rituals, we can harmonize our nervous system, tune in to our own rhythm, which helps maintain the balance of our body.

  • Rituals strengthen our awareness, give us purpose and motivate us.

  • Rituals can bring peace and joy to our relationships.

Why rituals?

Our age is characterized by fragmentation, that is, fragmentation. Our communities are undergoing a radical transformation. As a result of economic and social forces, our once stable and lasting attachments — to our marriage, our work, our place of residence, our friendships — became fleeting; thus, they adapt to our unpredictable and changeable world. This change has also affected our identity, which has also fragmented but at the same time become much more complex and richer. We live in a globalized world characterized by both a consciousness of infinite connectivity and a lack of deep and secure human relationships.

We are more lonely than ever. This has also been confirmed by research. We work hard. We are constantly rushing, we are busy. Our attention is lost in the display feed. We have less confidence in ourselves and others. We have fewer friends.

It has now become clear that the innovative technologies so enthusiastically welcomed a decade ago have not brought us the world of connectivity and sharing against expectations; but his anxiety and loneliness, in which we observe others firmly and continually compare ourselves to them. The age of fragmentation marked the beginning of a new era, namely anxiety.

Our body and mind pay a serious price for this.

But what can we do to reverse the process?

Science has pointed out: we need to reconnect.

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We need to deepen our relationship with ourselves and others. We need to have as many meaningful experiences as possible. We need to build communities. We have to organize our lives along rituals. They allow us to be calmer, happier, happier, and extend our lives by up to ten years. ” - Dacher Keltner

The experience of deep relationships and belonging to the community reduces the stressful cortisol levels in our bodies; the mechanisms of reward and security are reactivated in our neural pathways; the vagus nerve is activated, which opens us to others and promotes expressions of trust, generosity, and cooperation.

Through an in-depth and practical way of systematically transforming rituals, you can learn about the power of relationship and community building and rituals' impact.

 

Rituals set a pattern in our lives during evolution and unleashed our greatest abilities, refined by the process of cultural evolution: to share, sing, respect, find beauty, dance, imagine, reflect in silence, and perceive what we do not see.

During the process of ritual planning, you can bring to life the qualities that you can use to actively rearrange your fragmented days, including your life.

What are rituals?

Rituálétervező események

  • Éves Rituálétervező Workshop (Megtelt)
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    Dec 04, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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    A workshopon megtervezheted a jövő éved rituálétérképét úgy, hogy tudatosan a mindennapjaid részévé tedd, így elmélyíthesd a mély és örömteli kapcsolódás élményét az életedben. A cél az, hogy a következő évben többször éld meg a jelentésteljes kapcsolódás pozitív megerősítő erejét, mint idén.
  • Éves Rituálétervező Workshop (Megtelt)
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    Dec 11, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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    A workshopon megtervezheted a jövő éved rituálétérképét úgy, hogy tudatosan a mindennapjaid részévé tedd, így elmélyíthesd a mély és örömteli kapcsolódás élményét az életedben. A cél az, hogy a következő évben többször éld meg a jelentésteljes kapcsolódás pozitív megerősítő erejét, mint idén.
  • Éves Rituálétervező Workshop
    Location is TBD
    Dec 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    A workshopon megtervezheted a jövő éved rituálétérképét úgy, hogy tudatosan a mindennapjaid részévé tedd, így elmélyíthesd a mély és örömteli kapcsolódás élményét az életedben. A cél az, hogy a következő évben többször éld meg a jelentésteljes kapcsolódás pozitív megerősítő erejét, mint idén.
  • Éves Rituálétervező Workshop
    Location is TBD
    Jan 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM GMT+1
    Location is TBD
    A workshopon megtervezheted a jövő éved rituálétérképét úgy, hogy tudatosan a mindennapjaid részévé tedd, így elmélyíthesd a mély és örömteli kapcsolódás élményét az életedben. A cél az, hogy a következő évben többször éld meg a jelentésteljes kapcsolódás pozitív megerősítő erejét, mint idén.

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