“Ritual maintains the world’s holiness.”
—Thomas Moore in “Care of the Soul”
A few months ago I reread “Care of the Soul,” and have had it sitting on the shelf near the computer since then. I marked dozens of passages in it. Tonight I was flipping through, looking at some of the flagged and highlighted notes, and this one struck me.
I need ritual. I know this about myself. And I have created dozens, maybe hundreds, of rituals over the years.
In the last few years I’ve had to let go of a number of them and it has often been difficult, sometimes heartbreaking. This year has required letting go of any number of things, including rituals, and the remaining weeks of the year will demand more of the same.
I’m not sure where that leaves “holiness” in my little corner of the world, but hurting it would seem. Obviously something I need to spend more time thinking about that.