Rituals and routines are everywhere. We see them throughout our lives—the way we marry, give birth, and even grieve losses. You can see them in the little things too; pinky promises, New Year’s resolutions, holidays, religious services, and athletic matches.
The distinction between a ritual and a routine is the meaning that becomes attached to ritual. Your morning routine could be wake up, eat, exercise, shower, get dressed, and settle in for work. Your morning ritual could be meditating after exercise.