I ask the students to devise a ritual
they can perform each day
as a way to focus their attention
on their creative practice.
(lighting a candle
drawing a spiral
what have you)
Then I ask them to represent their ritual
as a collage with colored paper.
Can we use pencils?
Does it have to be about our ritual?
It doesn't even occur to me until much later
when it is much too late
that of course
we should have started
with a ritual.