The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile
“After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.”–Casper ter Kuile
What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives.
We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us—no matter our ages—feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual. Instead, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in which we seek belonging and meaning in secular practices.
In The Power of Ritual, ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and wellbeing. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities.
The Power of Ritual reminds us that what we already do every day matters—and has the potential to become a powerful experience of reflection, sanctuary, and meaning.
June 23rd, 2020
Self-Help/Sociology/Religion & Spirituality
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Author Casper ter Kuile walks his readers through the process of finding spiritual direction, and how you can turn everyday rituals into more intentional and meaningful practices. While this book was written pre-COVID19, it couldn’t have been released at a better time. Many of us are struggling to find a sense of ritual and routine in a world that seems almost unrecognizable.
His writing is approachable and I loved the reminder that we might already be doing some of this already…and we might just need to become a bit more intentional. Rituals don’t need to be complicated, but rather as long as you include these three elements, intention, attention, and repetition…most anything can become a spiritual practice in your own day to day life.
I love this practical approach that is clear, encouraging, and filled with relatable wisdom. It is a quick read that will leave you with an actionable plan to find more connection and intentionality in your own life.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper One for the gifted copy.
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