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“We all practice rituals. Every morning we have a ritual that gets us out the door. Maybe we meditate. Eat Cheerios. Have coffee. Bedtime rituals close the day and open the night into sleep. Personal rituals calm us, make us feel centered, give us a sense of safety. We also practice rituals in community: holiday rituals, wedding and funeral rituals, graduation rituals. We practice traditions handed down through the generations, giving us a sense of timelessness that plugs us into the entire web of community. Or we create new traditions. As community members, doing specific actions with others gives us an experience of shared intensity and depth of commitment that is unknowable on our own.”