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The joy of ritual : spiritual recipes to celebrate milestones, ease transitions, and make every day sacred
Biziou, Barbara.
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New York : Golden Books, [1999]

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vii, 167 pages ; 22 cm
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BL600 .B49 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Ritual is a universal language that gives substance and meaning to people's lives. Today the extraordinary power of ritual can be seen in everything from the Olympics to Oprah and from the Oscars TM to Martha Stewart. People are eager to honor the significant moments in their lives -- but where and how to begin?Barbara Biziou, America's foremost ritual expert, teaches how to restore ritual to its rightful place as food for the soul through practical, easy-to-use ritual recipes that are inspiring and fun. Rituals can enhance daily routines, enrich milestones, and guide readers through difficult transitions. Whether someone is releasing fear, bringing deeper meaning to a family or community gathering, or celebrating life's passages, The Joys of Everyday Rituals is like a wise best friend that will reconnect them to their hearts and souls.

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Biziou engagingly and convincingly argues that ritual is already part of our lives, be it in the form of birthday party or that of a morning routine. Why not make ritual conscious, she asks, and use it as a way to transform the self? So she offers cookbook-like "ingredients" and "recipes" for specific rituals tailored for common occasions. No "take one red candle . . ." formulas, her recipes show how to create and produce an effective process that yet leaves plenty of room for individual inspiration. She cites examples from her experience as a ritual director to expand on her ideas. Leaving a job, looking for new love, going through a divorce--these and others are situations that can benefit, Biziou claims, from being ritualized. A good general book on ritual, and more commonsensical than you might think. --Patricia Monaghan