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Rituals

Try This 18-Minute Ritual For Incredible Focus

| Jessica Stillman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Small Business

We think of rituals as something for religious observances and major life occurrences--something you do in church or on the day you get married. But r...

3 Things You Should Avoid This Ramadan To Make It More Spiritually Meaningful

Ro Waseem | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Ro Waseem

It would be great if every Muslim tried to make a conscious effort in changing some part of their personality that needs to be improved during Ramadan, but this, unfortunately, is not the case.

What the @$%* IS the Bullet Ant Ritual?

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.19.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

If you thought downing a tablespoon of sriracha on a dare made you tough, the Bullet Ant Ritual will shrivel your balls in disgrace. Photo by: Fabi...

How To Turn Bad Habits Into Stress-Reducing Rituals

meQuilibrium | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

The secret to a less stressful, more fulfilling life isn't just about replicating someone else's habits. It's about creating ones that help rather than hurt you. And while dropping bad habits is a great idea, the reason that's so hard is because it always sounds restrictive and loss-oriented. I have a better way: Replace old habits with more rewarding rituals.

Rites and Rituals

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sonya Hamlin

Ends of seasons signal transitions, and the one from the long winter through the questionable spring before the hopeful leap into summer also engender...

Meet The Colachos, Men Who Jump Over Babies During Feast Of Corpus Christi

Religion News Service | Gil Shefler | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion

CASTRILLO DE MURCIA, Spain (RNS) It’s been three years since Juan Jose Duenas jumped over dozens of babies to the cheers of thousands of spectators,...

Ritual on Steroids: Staging the World Cup in Brazil

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

The World Cup is a carnival that has turned into a global commodity, organized by semi-official and semi-legal institutions that resemble mafias much more than they do the UN.

5 Ways the World Cleans Its Dirty Conscience

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When too much of a good thing starts to feel like a bad thing, it may be time to unclog the spiritual sewage pipe. Photo by: Edison Walker We've se...

Surprising Drinking Rituals Around The World

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.11.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

We're no strangers to drinking -- so much so that drinking has become a ritualistic pastime.

Matzo Ball Memories

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Denver
EllynAnne Geisel

The Seder is a meal of ritual. While there can be some playing around with the menu, sacrosanct are the serving of matzo ball soup and the absence of flour in any recipe.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Beauty

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 05.27.2014 | New York
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Faith Hope Consolo

It's time to slough off winter skin, renew our faces, bodies and souls (and soles) with a stop at our favorite beauty stores and departments. Here are...

The Power of Creating Rituals After the Loss of a Loved One

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

No one can help you here, not even your mate. You must depend upon your own resource for, in reality, it is that resource that will bring you back to life. The essential self, given time, can reconnect and guide you back up out of the descent.

Why We Form New Year's Resolutions

Matthew Hutson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Science
Matthew Hutson

The running joke about New Year's resolutions is that they don't outlast the hangover. But if you're going to make a resolution to improve yourself, New Year's Eve is a good time to do it. Recent research helps explains why we pick this date for personal renovation.

A Ritual for the New Year

Heather Strang | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

What if you had the ability to create 2014 as your most abundant, joyful and love-filled year yet? What if in an hour's time, you could set the stage ...

Six Secrets to Raising a Child Like Malala: Empathetic, Courageous and Ambitious

Barbara Biziou | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

When I first heard about Malala Yousafzai -- the Pakistani teenager who captured the attention of the world when Taliban terrorists shot her in the he...

Hanukkah, The Blue Team

Joshua Braff | Posted 02.02.2014 | Comedy
Joshua Braff

As a ferociously reluctant Yeshiva boy in the 1970s, I thought Hanukkah was without a doubt the most joyous time of the year.

Thanksgiving "Redefined"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

At some point our family fell out of the usual Thanksgiving routine. We got tired of turkey. Stuffing. That danged green bean casserole and the "mystery Jello mold" desserts. In fact, the whole business of cooking the typical Thanksgiving meal got old.

The Meaning Of 'Om'

Kripalu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Ommm. It's often the first and last sound in your ears in a yoga class. But what does it mean? Perhaps you've heard it defined as "the sound of the universe" -- but what does that really mean?

The Simple Things You Should Be Doing Every Morning (But Aren't)

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living

The alarm sounds and you're off: Onto checking emails, finding car keys and, if you're lucky, brushing your hair. The madness, the rush of it all -...

Use Rituals to Send Love to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Repetition is an essential part of ingraining healthy messages in your children. Rituals provide that consistent replication. Rituals communicate mess...

Rituals and Mindful Eating Can Help You Control Your Weight

Irene Ross | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

Long after everyone has devoured their portion and is looking for another helping, I'm still methodically biting the top to separate the chocolate from the wafer. Then -- and only then -- will I eat it.

Rites of Awakening

Robert Hoch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

Awakened to a world brimming with ordinary miracles, you can turn back to the broken parts of life with a little more perspective, a sense of the world alive around you.

Harness the Power of the Summer Solstice

Barbara Biziou | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

Every major planetary event gives us an opportunity for growth and expanded awareness and contains symbolism that can be universally shared and understood.

Get in Control! (And Make It a Ritual)

Merel Bakker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Merel Bakker

I would like to talk about how we can get control of our thoughts, actions and speech. Because those elements determine whether we are truly able to live in a healthy and sustainable way.

Traditions

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

As another Passover approaches, I can't help but think back wistfully to my childhood with my Eastern European grandparents and all that it held for me.