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Sustainability through Ritual: Exercise

A few years back when my stress level at work was at a peak, my doctor suggested I try some exercise to improve my blood pressure. She actually suggested Yoga. Although I have added Yoga to my practice it was not the exercise I started then. In a week, I had started practicing martial arts at a local dojo. I practiced ritually for ten years. Three days a week I left work on time to make it to the first class. Over the years that I was able (there were a couple of changes in my life that changed my ability to practice three days a week) I attended two classes each of those days and joined in on the...

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Sustainability through Ritual: Journaling

Some time ago— a time that seems much more than the 30 years it actually was— I was first introduced to using a planner to manage my time and work priorities. I was a newly minted manager dealing with the fresh challenges of keeping up with my schedule and the schedules of the staff I was responsible for. Now, this was nowhere near the responsibility I would have later, but it was the first time I had so much to keep up with.

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Sustainability Through Ritual

Rituals have been around in human culture for thousands of years. In an article by Frazer Consulting1 the number is set at 70,000 years and that is a long time. I’m not an anthropologist (If I had chosen a science other than computer science to pursue it may have been anthropology) but it seems clear that ritual means something to us. From my observations of other people I have established my opinion about ritual. We have them and participate in them because we are human. We create them. We need them. Some people will say they don’t need ritual, and that is fine with me as I watch them fix their coffee the same way for the who knows how...

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