Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Celebrant Troubadour: Celebrating Birthdays With a Life-Cycle Celebrant®...

The Celebrant Troubadour: Celebrating Birthdays With a Life-Cycle Celebrant®...:    By  Elaine Voci, Ph.D. In my profession as a Celebrant, I have the privilege of bringing people together and finding unique ...

Celebrating Birthdays With a Life-Cycle Celebrant®




   By Elaine Voci, Ph.D.



In my profession as a Celebrant, I have the privilege of bringing people together and finding unique ways to inspire and sustain an authentic and mindful human community. The tools of my trade are creativity, personalized ceremonies, lyrical language, prose and poetry, respect for individuality, open-mindedness, and a commitment to weaving meaningfulness and purpose into events that align with my clients’ values.  
When a client called, a year in advance, to talk about her 70thbirthday, and said she wanted to celebrate that special transition with her adult children and grandchildren, I was delighted.  We first spent time talking about her philosophy of life, and how she views her role as an elder in her family and in society. Based on her values and beliefs, we then chose some special ways to mark the occasion that felt congruent to her.
Birthdays are actually interesting cultural events.  Some people see them as dreaded reminders of time passing and growing older.  Our culture pokes fun at aging, partly based on a fear of growing old, and a party can be created complete with black armbands, gag gifts to emphasize the losses of aging and darkly humorous birthday cards that play on becoming decrepit, cranky, sexless, and old.  While it’s all meant to be humorous, there is a subtle message of despair being sent that increasing age will bring isolation and sadness.

Others see a different opportunity when a birthday rolls around. They see a chance to celebrate life and being alive.  In the face of all the random things that could go wrong, to be able to get up every day with gratitude in your heart for being alive, is reason enough to feel happy about getting another year older! My client saw it that way, so we began considering ideas that would be fun, meaningful, and creatively appealing.  

She fell in love with an idea to pay all the expenses and take her family on a weeklong vacation in Florida at an all-inclusive resort to celebrate her special day.  She spent the year preparing for the trip during which I helped her…
·      Create a personal remembrance book for each of her grandkids in which she described her hopes for their lives, how she felt when she first held them in her arms as infants, and some of her favorite memories with them. 
·      Craft a special family gathering for one night during the vacation that the kids are still talking about 3 years later. 
·      Order balloon bouquets from the hotel, bottles of champagne for the adults, and bubbling grape juice for the kids
·      Present each grandchild, one at a time, with their own book, telling stories to them in front of the group which brought tears to many eyes, as well as laughter and smiles prompted by some of her recollections. 
·      Lead her kids and grandkids in playing a game of competition we created in which she asked the “family teams” questions such as “What ingredients go into the meatballs that Grandma makes that you love?” and “Who is Uncle Fred to Grandma?” and “What school did your parents attend when they met?” and “Where did your Mom grow up?”  
By taking intentional actions and making the birthday trip memorable and meaningful for herself and her family, it brought her a deep sense of satisfaction and provided a family memory that is now a legend and remembered fondly as their “favorite vacation”.  
As a Celebrant, I think that the opportunity to grow older and to age well is a wonderful privilege worth celebrating. After all, none of us is assured of longevity.  I enjoy helping clients discover all the ways they have to make their birthdays unique and to take nothing for granted. We are all growing older every day, and the process of aging is itself something of a miracle for which we can all be grateful.




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Elaine Voci is a life coach in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant  Foundation & Institute.   Elaine is the Editor of the Celebrant Blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.  


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Benjamin Martin, LifeCycle Celebrant
 He has over 35 years of industry experience in single-source publishing and content management solutions. In addition, he has served as an ordained minister of an interfaith spiritual community, the Christman Church and Way, and as a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®. He is the author of many spiritual treatises centered on that which is universal and true in all religions.


Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life 


How do you commemorate momentous events? Memorialize people who have shaped you?
Draw support from those you hold dear? This primer offers methods for honoring the special occasions in your life with humor and grace. Its ceremonies help ground each day in the wholeness that supports our entire lives. Each ceremony has been vetted by a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® affiliated with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, which offers training and support for celebrants worldwide. Visit us at www.celebrantInstitute.org.



Monday, March 19, 2018

The Celebrant Troubadour: Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole ...

The Celebrant Troubadour: Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole ...:  By Marguerite H.  Griffin On or about March 21 each year, daylight and darkness are nearly equal in all parts of the world. In the no...

Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life ~ Embrace the Equinox~



By Marguerite H.  Griffin ~
On or about March 21 each year, daylight and darkness are nearly equal in all parts of the world. In the northern hemisphere, we embrace the vernal equinox as the beginning of spring. It’s is the time for spring cleaning and for letting go of the old and embracing the new. As temperatures gradually rise and spirits become buoyant, we recommit to New Year’s resolutions made in the darkness of winter and imagine moving forward to a brighter future.
PREPARATION

In ancient civilizations, clocks and calendars made use of the sun’s light to mark the seasons for sowing seeds and harvesting crops. Today, we may reflect on the seeds that we’ve planted and the work we’ve done in the gardens of our relationships, our families, and our life’s path. We can contemplate things lost and gained and consider how to make room for new growth.
• Examine those areas in your life where you may feel challenged, inert, or stuck.
• Consider first your external environment. Imagine how you’d like to make space for abundance, clarity, or simplicity.
• Consider your internal environment—your personal habits, practices, and proclivities. How are your dreams coming along? What would you like to have or create more of as spring progresses to summer?
BEGIN AGAIN!
Beginning again may be as simple as undertaking a new activity, one that will remind you of your commitment to growth. You might decide to keep a daily journal and review it at each full moon. Or you might want to take up a new hobby, assist with planting flower bulbs in a community garden, or participate in a meditation or yoga class.
IN CLOSING
Especially at transitional times, give yourself the gift of time. Include in that gift the permission to experience a new thing each day. You can top off your gift to yourself by listing those things for which you are already grateful. As you reconnect to the rhythm of your life, be open to sharing your experiences with others!






Author: MARGUERITE H. GRIFFIN is a Life-Cycle Celebrant® with certification in Weddings. She lives in Chicago and can be reached by email at meaningfulmarguerite@gmail.com or through her website, www.meaningfulmarguerite.com 









Life-Cycle Ceremonies:
A Handbook for Your Whole Life
Edited and with an Introduction by Sheri Reda
Design by Sarah Lemp
With a Preface by Charlotte Eulette, International Director Celebrant Foundation and Institute 

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Cycle-Ceremonies-Handbook-Your-Whole/dp/0990440605

Acknowledgment
The ceremonies that comprise this book have been freely offered by certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® who are graduates of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute.
About Life-Cycle Celebrants®
Life-Cycle Celebrants® are certified graduates of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute whose ceremonies mark personal and professional milestones in people’s lives. They officiate at virtually every life event, with a focus on personalizing each ceremony to reflect the needs, beliefs, and values of their clients.

What people are saying -

This new book, aptly titled Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life, is simply a wonder. Printed in a clear and attractive typeset that is easy on the eyes, the book is filled with dozens of rituals that are easy to follow and clearly explained. The rituals are simple, creative and inspiring, inviting us to "renew commitments," "let go into the river of life," "lead with our dominant paws," or "hit our reset buttons," to name a few of the goodies on offer here. Each ceremony and the steps to perform it are completely described in the space of a page or a page and a half, making this book very user friendly. With its help, anyone can confidently lead celebrations of the seasons, our ancestors, and our moments of change, transition, and personal growth. Overall, this is truly a great little book. A must-have for Celebrants like myself and anyone who likes to celebrate life's milestones, Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life, is sure to be a classic among books of its kind.
'Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant

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