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Silent Rituals

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Every community has its own individual distinctive and unique rituals, traditions, and customs. Contemplative practices develop and cultivate a person’s critical thinking and concentration skills. Activities and rituals that may be incorporated into our daily lives include meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and so on. Although some people may dispute the fact that these customs can develop one's ability to reflect, these activities undoubtedly enable people to concentrate and cease the continuity of distraction accumulated in their daily lives.

These activities may be practiced and valued as traditions to some religious people. For instance, meditation, the allowance of one’s being to be in a state of calmness and tranquility, can assist a person to reflect. Reflection can only be done while a person is focused. Hence, being in a state of calmness and tranquility are the main aims we try to achieve while we perform these activities and rituals. In addition, another example we can consider is mindfulness, which is a type of meditation where great awareness is indispensable. You concentrate on one thing in the current situation or moment without any disturbance. Understanding the methods related to breathing and guided imagery are the essential basics that may lead to one’s success in practicing mindfulness. As mentioned above, meditation is one type of cultural or religious ritual that supports reflection. Reflecting in a silent and concentrated area will certainly allow a person to think more and actually immerse themselves in their world of reflection.

In conclusion, there are several types of rituals and traditions that will allow you to reflect. We all need to practice these rituals so that we can reflect on not just ourselves but also on our community. Reflection is the torch that guides us to the path of becoming a better person.

Clio Leung is a 13 year-old living in Taipei, Taiwan. She enjoys drawing and playing games during her free time.

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