Rituals and Meaning with Sasha Sagan (Episode #804)

Rituals are powerful tools cultures have used for all of recorded history to strengthen group bonds, so how do rituals bring us closer, why are rituals so commonly associated with religion, and what can you do to develop your own rituals to bring you and your family and friends closer together?


What to Listen For

  • Why is it so important to encourage curiosity in children and what can you do to impart a sense of curiosity in your kids?
  • Why is a tolerance for ambiguity difficult but crucial in the scientific search for knowledge and understanding of the world around us?
  • What was it like growing up as the child of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan?
  • How do we use rituals to deal with change and how can you use rituals to minimize the suffering you will experience throughout life?
  • What should you say to someone who has just lost a loved one and doesn’t necessarily hold religious beliefs about an afterlife?
  • What rituals can we use to help us cope with painful events in life and why can not having a ritual amplify the intensity and duration of the pain?
  • How can having a simple regular ritual strengthen your relationships and what fun easy ritual can you start using today?
  • What is the difference between a routine and a ritual?
  • How can you get children involved in building family rituals so everyone is involved and the family grows stronger?
  • What can you do to remix old traditions or even create new ones you can use to build meaning in the big and small moments of your life?
  • How do you tell the difference between cynicism and skepticism, and why can that understanding completely change your view of people?


The word ritual is on many occasions associated with religion. That’s a logical jump to make considering how ritualistic many religions are. But rituals can be any kind of practice or routine you use on a regular basis to be present and share a moment or event with yourself or other people. We can create and use rituals in our lives to help us celebrate certain moments. We don’t have to use religious holidays to celebrate certain times of the year, as cultures have been creating their own holidays and celebrations since the dawn of man. And no one’s stopping you from celebrating the rituals of your faith(s) and creating some rituals of your own to celebrate your family or friends or even just yourself. 


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AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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