Thank you for reminding me of the value of ritual, especially on a daily basis. Putting an order to life, and creating one’s own flow of it, is indeed a magical work, or creation. As someone who has studied Magick, in various forms, it is always good to be reminded of the basics. Thank You.
Ritual, which can be a habit, is a little different from Ceremony, which is similar, but much more of a focused and directed action towards a given aim or desire. Religions typically have their daily prayers, and basic programs, but almost all, have a few, not many though, times a year, when all are supposed to come together as a group, for a main event, a Ceremony, to reaffirm some basic tenets of the belief, perhaps retell some story, and once again involve everyone in it. This like ritual,also reinforces the belief, especially since most people one knows will be there. Generating a tribal, clannish , extended family sort of feeling, that binds people together, in a good way, hopefully.
Every ritual acts to focus and clear the mind, for some event, reason, whatever. It becomes an action out of time, that changes the feeling of one’s awareness, typically to be made more peaceful or centered. Once there, where one goes with it, is up to the individual. Getting to that place, space, is inherently what ritual is for.