The Power of Everyday Rituals

In a world often fraught with stress and disorder, the Balinese ritual of canang sari is a reminder of the sacred nature of all things and times. On Balinese street corners and in hallways, at the entry to shops and homes, these small baskets of flowers remind the giver and the passerby of how one can enter into what is essential in everyday life. Author Jay Griffith experienced the value of ritual expressed in canang sari while on a trip to Bali and realized that, “Tiny, everyday rituals are a hand-crafted prayer to domestic order, beckoning the divine to step inside a moment.” She explains here how she saw traditions in every culture with new eyes, and realized how rituals can give life a depth and sacredness we all need.