The difference between a routine and a ritual is not the action, but the attitude behind the action.
To some, a routine is getting up every morning, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, and going to work. It is not a meaningful part of our day, but it needs to get done so we do it. It’s a chore.
Rituals, on the other hand, are viewed as more meaningful practices. Often, there is symbolism involved, and a real sense of purpose. A big part of it is your subjective experience of the activity. I define the key differences as follows:
|Minimal engagement.||Full engagement.|
|Tedious and meaningless.||Symbolic and meaningful|
|Externally motivated.||Internally motivated.|
|Life as a duty.||Life as a celebration.|
|Dull awareness.||Bright awareness.|
|Disconnected series of events.||Tells a story.|
|Little sense of belonging.||Sense of belonging.|
|Focus only on completion of tasks.||Focus on performance of tasks.|
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