THE JOY OF RITUAL: Spiritual Recipes to Celebrate Milestones, Ease Transitions, and Make Every Day Sacred Paperback – May 1, 2006
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"There are dozens of ways to use ritual to heal One of the best guides I've seen is The Joy of Ritual, by Barbara Biziou." - Christiane Northup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom
"The Joy of Ritual is a practical, empowering, warmly written guide that teaches you how to make the passages of your life sacred. Barbara Biziou is a gifted teacher. Don't miss your chance to learn from her." - Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Positive Energy
"In my Zulu culture, rituals are the language of the soul. Barbara Biziou has mastered that language .Biziou's teaching transcends gender, race, and creed." - Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo, South African Ambassador to the United Nations
"The Joy of Ritual is a book to illumine our transitions. It gives us the means to make sacred our everyday acts while adding spice and spunk to the threshold occasions and critical junctures in our lives and times." - Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life
About the Author
She is a frequent guest on radio and television and has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Body and Soul, Harpers Bazaar and Parents Magazine.
Based in New York City, Biziou is also the author of "The Joy of Family Rituals.
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In The Joy of Ritual Barbara Biziou allows us to look at ritual from a more personal perspective. Her book takes you from the what to the how, in this wonderfully arranged "cookbook" of ritual.
Barbara begins with an introduction to the concept of ritual, why it is important and the general composition. She then provides details on the "what" and "why", exploring the meaning of colors, scents, food and drink, crystals and more in the context of the ritual space. She also discusses creating sacred space, alters and preparing yourself for ritual.
The remainder of the book is a well organized reference of rituals to support you in defining ritual for every day, milestone rituals, personal transformation and men's and women's rituals. She provides in each section the Intention, Timing, Ingredients and Recipe along with stories of how these rituals have been used by others.
This book concludes with suggested music and readings to support your work. This book offers an accessible way to start creating sacred space and ritual in your life.