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Rites of Passage for Times of Transition


All cultures have rites of passage, we just don’t always call them that. Contemporary rites include getting your first driver’s license, attending prom, high school and college graduation, house warming parties, weddings, baby showers, midlife crises and taking advantage of your first senior discount. Integrating ceremony into our lives is essential to our well being, forming bonds and creating community. Our lives are steeped in ritual. We give toasts to honor special occasions, we bless people when they sneeze, and we kiss under the mistletoe. Mother blessings honor the journey into motherhood, career transition parties manifest a successful new journey, coming-of-age ceremonies for first menstruation and menopause merrymaking all help us to define our goals and to utilize them as a jumping off point for the success of our new adventures. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 17:31

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