RITUAL: Living with intention
In many traditions for thousands of years, rituals and ceremonies were and are the building blocks of community, past down from generation to generation. These traditions connect these generations to where they came from to where they are right now. In America, we too have some traditions, but instead of for the sake of connection to our ancestors, they are tied to fear of change. I am not trying to poo poo our country and people, I'm just simply trying to point out that we are a young land and we may lack in our own rituals that could be the connection our future generations need to grow. To be able to grow with the proper roots needed to prosper for a community.
On my trip to Mexico earlier this year, I was grateful to be able to partake in several Mayan rituals. The first one we attended was a cacao ceremony. THIS.WAS.MY.FAVORITE. About 15 of us, sat within a man-made, man sized nest, built from giant "twigs". Our guide was a Mayan woman dressed in red along with her translator, who had a welcoming smile and spirit. You were first cleansed and blessed before entering the nest. We then sat in a circle and started by introducing ourselves, where we were from and to set an intention for that evening. As we all spoke, I realized we had everyone gathered from different parts of the world and we all sought the same...openness, peace and love. She then began to explain the ritual, the origins and purpose.
The cacao bean is a heart opener. In these tribes, when they needed to meet and discuss important decisions for the community, they would all partake in the cacao to open their hearts so as to come from a place of love and kindness when deciding fates and futures for their tribe.
We then proceeded to consume the beans in several forms, meditated while she drummed and sang around our heads, and opened our hearts to the possibilities of receiving and sending love. We all hugged each other and the rest of the night we rode the high of the loving, uninhibited openness we had created for ourselves that evening.
your heart is the softest place on earth. take care of it. - Nayyirah Waheed
It was after these experiences of another's traditions that made me realize I craved my own. I craved for the heart space I was exposed to in that small nest. I thought about the traditions we lacked and how I felt disconnected from my own community. Since then, I have opened myself up to my own riutals. Though what I do and speak of has been done before by other cultures, these have become my stepping stone to new traditions I've created for myself. I hope to share these with others of my community, to help root us down into remembering where we started and to inspire us to head where we are meant to be going.
If you are interested in creating a new tradition/ritual for yourself or family or tribe, I am here to help guide you to the space you deserve.
Until then.. Much love-