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Religion/Magic in everyday life.
« on: March 11, 2013, 07:07:51 pm »
How do you guys fit your practices into everyday life?
Many of us have school or work, and it can be hard to fit our beliefs into our everyday routines.
I was wondering if anyone had any ways that they manage to work a few prayers or a short communion with the gods, or perhaps a small ritual into their busy day?
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Re: Religion/Magic in everyday life.
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 07:13:52 pm »
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How do you guys fit your practices into everyday life?
Many of us have school or work, and it can be hard to fit our beliefs into our everyday routines.
I was wondering if anyone had any ways that they manage to work a few prayers or a short communion with the gods, or perhaps a small ritual into their busy day?

 
While it's geared more towards a Celtic/Gaelic Recon path, Seren has a section entitled 'Daily Practices' on her Taris site - might be worth checking out

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Re: Religion/Magic in everyday life.
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 07:34:42 pm »
Quote from: Escaflowne;100718
How do you guys fit your practices into everyday life?
Many of us have school or work, and it can be hard to fit our beliefs into our everyday routines.
I was wondering if anyone had any ways that they manage to work a few prayers or a short communion with the gods, or perhaps a small ritual into their busy day?

 
I wake up 30 - 60 minutes earlier for rituals to Bast and Atum (or at least I try to. Insomnia is not helpful with this.) One hour most nights is set aside for them as well. Sometimes I honor other Netjeru at night, but mornings are always reserved for Bast and whoever else I've been directed to work with at the time.

For most people, I think it's about prioritizing. And by prioritizing, sometimes I mean sacrificing a bit of time you would spend on something else. For example, the evening hour I set aside for the gods used to be TV, game, computer, etc. hour. Doing things for them earlier or later wasn't an option, so I made choices. Same thing with the morning time, except what's being sacrificed in this case is sleep. :-p

Throughout the day, I must confess that I'm too busy to do much in the way of prayer and the like. That's what the hour and a half to two hours on either end of the day is for, though I do write, which is something I've been instructed to do.

Your question makes me think of this quote: "Make everything an offering, and then you will understand." We can live our lives in ways that align with our spirituality. In examining our daily tasks, we may find that the challenges we face in the mundane also reflect our challenges in the spiritual, and that by facing mundane challenges, we provide solutions to the spiritual ones.
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Re: Religion/Magic in everyday life.
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 08:20:32 pm »
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Re: Religion/Magic in everyday life.
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 05:52:02 pm »
Quote from: Escaflowne;100718
How do you guys fit your practices into everyday life?
Many of us have school or work, and it can be hard to fit our beliefs into our everyday routines.
I was wondering if anyone had any ways that they manage to work a few prayers or a short communion with the gods, or perhaps a small ritual into their busy day?


Habit helps. Doing something every day (except when ill) makes it part of your life. A morning ritual is easier to protect than an evening, I have found. Build it into your morning routinue. Have a basic ritual structure (simple, not fussy) and save the fancier rituals for when you have time. Short. Adaptable. I've had to do mine in the shower occasionally. I've done it daily for years so it is an established habit. It can take anywhere from five minutes to half an hour (if I have the time to chat longer with my Gods).  The core of the ritual is checking in with my Gods, with my energy cycles and quickly visualizing (me moving in positive strength through) that day ahead.

Weaving my beliefs throughout each day is also helped by what I call markers that are part of the ritual above. My  markers are like a note from my Gods. I check my numerological meanings for the month and day plus the # of lunation. For example, in the system that I use, three is Awareness (March) and today the 17th is Centering. As I start my lunar calendar at the Witches New Year, this is now the fifth lunation, five is for Seeking (and the pentacle).  I also quickly draw a card from the goddess deck I use as a daily guardian. This morning, I got Nu Kua, the Goddess of Order. So today I have been trying to stay centered and more aware and be open to learn (seeking) something new...all in the midst of Sunday chores that will put my place in order. One marker also works well, you just integrate the message into your day as best you can and as the day unfolds.

Start simple. Do daily or work up to doing it daily. Be adaptable.

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Re: Religion/Magic in everyday life.
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2013, 10:48:06 pm »
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I wake up 30 - 60 minutes earlier for rituals to Bast and Atum (or at least I try to. Insomnia is not helpful with this.) One hour most nights is set aside for them as well. Sometimes I honor other Netjeru at night, but mornings are always reserved for Bast and whoever else I've been directed to work with at the time.

For most people, I think it's about prioritizing. And by prioritizing, sometimes I mean sacrificing a bit of time you would spend on something else. For example, the evening hour I set aside for the gods used to be TV, game, computer, etc. hour. Doing things for them earlier or later wasn't an option, so I made choices. Same thing with the morning time, except what's being sacrificed in this case is sleep. :-p

Throughout the day, I must confess that I'm too busy to do much in the way of prayer and the like. That's what the hour and a half to two hours on either end of the day is for, though I do write, which is something I've been instructed to do.

Your question makes me think of this quote: "Make everything an offering, and then you will understand." We can live our lives in ways that align with our spirituality. In examining our daily tasks, we may find that the challenges we face in the mundane also reflect our challenges in the spiritual, and that by facing mundane challenges, we provide solutions to the spiritual ones.

 
I do my ritual to Neptune and Diana in the morning as well as night. I then meditate, burn incense, and pray to Isis and Osiris after I've done my Roman morning ritual. Since I'm not working or going to school I can do that. I also get things ahead of time for my Sabbath rituals.

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