To help underscore the transformation of an inner reality, you might blow out a candle, say a prayer, or write a letter and place it under your pillow. You could carve a piece of wood, draw a picture, plant a tree, prepare a special meal, or send a gift to someone in trouble. Some people will fast, meditate, or go to a quiet spot in the mountains or the desert. The psychological law of rituals is that they should be personally meaningful and should outwardly embody some inner process. This helps us let go of a determined course of action that has collided head-on with outer reality. Properly conceived and performed, rituals and ceremonies bind together the earthly and divine worlds.

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness

Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl