Ritual \Rit"u*al\, a.[L. ritualis, fr. ritus a rite: cf. F. rituel.]
Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or
sacrifices; the ritual law.
A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual.Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization; as, the ritual of the freemasons. A book containing the rites to be observed.
For the New Year, I am being led by my pal Melanie (who has the wonderful blog Meli-Melo) to pick one word that will serve as my inspiration for living in 2009.
I chose my word b/c ritual right now is a way of life for me with a new baby. I am enjoying the pattern of days as we do certain things together everyday and it is creating a special bond.
Holding true to ritual is a beautiful thing.
When we get up in the morning, we play together then we eat together. In the evening, I draw Jasper a bath and he plays in the tub. After that, it is book time.
All of it plays out in a comforting pattern of stability. This feels right for me this year.
If you want to pick a word and go with it for the duration of the year, read the word list and how to choose your word on Christine Kane's blog.
Let me know in the comment field what word you picked and why!
**the above photo I got from Collin Key's photo stream on Flicker. It is entitled "Ritual Bath (1978)".
He says this about the photo:
India, Rajasthan (1978):
At the time of Kartik Purnima (full moon) thousands of people stream into the little town of Pushkar to visit the Brahma temple and take a ritual bath in the holy water of the town's lake.