An annual fire-walking ritual in San Pedro Manrique, Spain, integrates secular and religious themes with deep meaning for villagers, both personally and collectively. The ritual has been studied to reveal synchronized patterns of arousal in firewalkers and related spectators.
The soukhouan ceremony is a traditional Laotian practice that is used for a variety of occasions, with use as a mechanism for conflict resolution, healing relationships and celebrating the end of conflict.
Dhikr is a common self-care practice for many Syrian refugees, yet has been barely studied as a form of stress and PTSD relief. Yet, the repetition of prayers, and at times movements, shares many characteristics with other studied practices, including for potential effect on intra-group synchrony.
Rituals and spirituality were central in what became known as the Standing Rock movement. From dawn to dusk, the activists and their supporters took part in prayers. Constant rituals as well the practice of compassion played an important role as a core stabilizing force for the movement.
At a crucial point of the peace process in Sri Lanka, in 2006-2007, Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims gathered to meditate and practice compassion. Since then, inter-faith meditations have regularly been organized to support a trust challenged by extremist leaders igniting inter-religious tensions.