Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cosimo's Book of the Month: The Joy of Ritual

As the arid heat of the summer changes into the cooler winds of autumn, it's a good time to take stock of all the other changes happening in our lives. Even something as simple as a seasonal change can affect our bodies, moods, and spirits, which is why September's Book of the Month is Barbara Biziou's The Joy of Ritual: Spiritual Recipes to Celebrate Milestones, Ease Transitions, and Make Every Day Sacred.

The Joy of Ritual is a recipe book unlike any other, providing recipes not for fortifying the body, but for fortifying the soul. Biziou believes that rituals and spiritual practices can help us cope with all of life's changes and transitions—both big and small—because they remind us that "we have the power to design our lives."

This empowering collection provides the reader with a recipe book of rituals they can utilize to navigate a wide range of situations, from mourning a loved one (“Dealing With Grief”) to celebrating a move to a new house or apartment (“A New Home”). Biziou illustrates how rituals—even ones that take mere seconds—can bring stability to our lives, integrate the sacred into our daily routines, and transform the ordinary into moments of reflection and connection within ourselves.

This wonderful book is currently available as an e-book (now at a special rate at the ReKiosk digital marketplace) or in paperback. Fans of Biziou's work can also purchase The Joy of Family Rituals

Follow Biziou on Twitter at @barbarabiziou for spiritual reflections and suggestions or visit her website for more information.

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