The Power of Purposeful Traditions
Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Traditions can bring a sense of security, comfort, and a sense of belonging. They connect us to our family, culture, and ourselves. Family traditions, personal habits, and even our daily rituals can focus and ground us in ways that help us move through the world with grace and flow.
I wasn't much into family traditions when I was young. I wasn't the child who wanted to decorate a tree or bake cookies. I wasn't thrilled by a dinner table filled with family I saw only on the holidays. I just wasn't a fan.
As I've moved into the Crone of my life, I've begun to understand just how important purposeful traditions are to me. I don't just mean the traditions and rituals that were given to us. I mean the ones we create ourselves, regardless of how big or small they are. Solo rituals or huge family gatherings are only purposeful if they create a sense of security, comfort, and belonging. Otherwise, they're simply handed-down tasks taking up time in our already over-busy lives.
This holiday season, I encourage you to think about the traditions you follow in your life. Make a list of them. Really think about them, and how they feel to you as you move through your life this month. Why are you really celebrating this way? What way could feel better? What changes can you make to make it really, truly yours?
There might even be some of you who love all of the traditions that you practice in your life. Wonderful! Are there others you'd like to add that would even make it better?
For the rest of you, you don't need to scrap all of them, or even scrap an entire tradition if parts of it serve you. But would you like to make some conscious, purposeful changes in how you flow through this coming holiday season? What are those changes?
In the next blog, I'll help you create some traditions that serve you and those you love.
Until then, warmest blessings,