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Rituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships (Master Work Series) Paperback – February 1, 1998
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[The authors] brilliantly demonstrate how we can, and indeed, must reanimate old rituals and create new ones. With masterful clinical and cultural sensitivity and inspiring inventiveness, they show us how, through ritual, we can give to our lives, to our loves, to our comings and goings, the experience of meaning that we need to feel healed, whole, and connected―coherent within ourselves, in union with others, in continuity with time past and future. (Richard Chasin, M.D., codirector, Family Institute of Cambridge; associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)
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RITUALS FOR OUR TIMES is a well-written and lucid description of the importance of rituals in our lives, regardless of one's spiritual beliefs. In modern, Western, secular culture, many of us have forgotten the value of marking life passages in ways that speak to our individual needs. Well-organized and well-written, with helpful questions to guide us through planning a ritual and whom to include, RITUALS FOR OUR TIMES brings us back to the power and pleasure of even everyday rituals. Through their suggestions, we learn how we can plan rituals with forethought and conscious choice and without rigidity to old ways that no longer work. With touching stories, authors Imber-Black and Roberts demonstrate the potency of ritual to facilitate growth and resolve conflicts--old and new.
Evan and Janine (I feel I almost know them I've read this so often) have really covered every base from holidays to birthdays to life transitions to ritualizing things like divorce and welcoming new people into the family. They talk about ritual meanings, symbols, and styles. I can't imagine any part of ritual they left out! This book added immeasurably to the positive experiences of my own nuclear family and helped me blend my own rituals with my husband's when we married. I can't recommend it enough and have loaned it out many times over the years.
Although the word "healing" is in the title this is not a self help book. It is really a description of many of the daily activities that we may not think of as rituals, and how to make them memorable.