Rituals – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“…. by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.” Joseph Campbell

Rituals

The sacred rituals of my day
arise with some herbal tea and 
a greeting of some feathered friends
while garden wandering to rejoice in
yesterdays hard, loving work,
a meal to prepare with tender
zen-like intention with each move,
then stilling down at days end,
ancient viviers, wine in hand,
recounting the day's treasures,
storing them in each other to
savour and sift at leisure, these 
are the sacred rituals of my day.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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21 responses to “Rituals – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. What a lovely, mindful poem, Paul. And here I am, looking out of the window, chamomile tea in hand, watching the little waxbills on the birdfeeder…

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  2. Absolutely lovely rituals. I hope you enjoy them daily.

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  3. This is an ahhhh poem–and I thank you for it.

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  4. Who says perfection is a myth. Wonderful poem Paul.

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  5. The simple rituals of our life are just as important as the larger ones – if not more so, for the that they restore our sanity. Mindful zen intention is what is needed now to bring us back in touch with what is most sacred. I love the quote by Campbell –
    “…. by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom inherent within you anyhow…’ For me, as a woman I feel akin to the rituals of Inanna. They hold deep wisdom. Wishing you a happy new year! May it be full of many blessings 😌✨

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  6. I walk through the house first thing in the morning opening the blinds to let the sunlight in. Decaf Earl Grey tea with half-and-half is my other morning essential.

    Your rituals sound lovely, Paul. Maybe I should expand mine. 🙂

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