It can be a very emotional experience when you move out of a house you have lived in for many years. Hopefully you’re moving on to something that more fits your needs, whatever stage of life you may be in.
When you’re moving with children, it can be hard for them to understand the feelings they’re having of attachment to this place, these walls, that yard. All those special spaces infused with childhood memories.
I found this ritual for moving in a sweet little book called House Blessings. Prayers, Poems, and Toasts Celebrating Home and Family by June Cotner. This ritual was submitted by Reverend J. Lynn James, and I have shared it with several friends during their time of transition as a way to create some closure for their family in anticipation of starting new in a new house, and turning it into their home.
“Starting at the front door of your “old” home, light incense or a jar candle, or carry a live plant or other special object and say: “Bless this doorway, through which love and friendship have come to us. We remember the stories of our lives, which entered here and filled our hearts and this home. We are here to celebrate and to gather our memories of this place we have called home for __ years.”
As family members stand in a circle in each space, invite everyone to share a memory that took place there, concluding with, “I am grateful for this place.” Then, after everyone has spoken say, “We leave this space giving thanks and carrying these memories with us.” Do this through the back and front yards, concluding where you began, at the front door, repeating the phrase a final time, in unison.
At your new home, place the object you carried through your old home in the entrance of your new home and say, “The memories we bring with us and the moments yet to be are what connect us to each other and make us a family. Blessed be.”
Please share with us your experience if you practice this ritual during your time of transition. Peace and love~