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What’s your weekly ritual?

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I don’t go to church. But sometimes I find myself jealous of churchgoers’ rituals. Every Sunday, they remind themselves of what they care most about. They recommit themselves to their paths.

So recently I started a new ritual for myself. Every Sunday morning, Owen and I (and sometimes Sara) just go for a walk in nature somewhere no matter what the weather. We talk about all the things we see and hear. We say hi to the trees, the ferns, the fungi, the birds. We thank Earth for the ground we stand on, the air we breathe, the water we drink, for life itself. 

It’s simple but strangely powerful for me. In those 30 minutes, I can practice reverence, gratitude, and abundance. I can feel connected to and in awe of something bigger than myself.

What new ritual could you start to remind yourself of whatever you care most about?

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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