Ritual is an intentional creation of expectations and actions. Generally, defining these actions and contexts clearly. They can be religious or spiritual, but do not have to be. In most cases, they carry an element of spirituality to them. However, defining that “spiritual” meaning is adaptable.
In the context of PE/AT dynamics, these can be protocols, self-care, or much more – connecting you to your dynamic and to your identity. And, are a very powerful tool to connect with your partner(s).
A ritual can be as simple as hugging when you see your partner, to specific poses and actions.
Above all, understanding your needs for (or against) having ritual in your dynamic enhances your relationships.