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Routine and Ritual
« on: December 30, 2014, 02:27:35 am »
So, I caught that proposed a system by which materialism can "dissipate neuroses...provide an outlet for tensions (and) deliver us from anxiety."

The value of the material is (let's focus on) the routine around it, and the value of the routine is the affirmation one's own existence and supplementing this node of self...something immaterial.

This isn't to say that if I owned nothing that "I" would disappear in a puff of premise.

Maybe it's more than that, such as re-affirming an immaterial concept such as personal sovereignty.


And now I'm sure that I'm overthinking something that's so simple for everybody to just do but I actually have wildly inconsistent routines and the video would explain this sort of perpetual lapsedness that I have with the faith of self, because I'm frequently ill or depressed or even (I realized during this past year of living alone) possessed by the most random fixations. Most things I've ever done have been in adjustment to that chaotic mess, and I've been wondering if it could work the other way around. Well, I have tried before to put the routine first and stick to it until it feels real, but now that I have this suggestion of how it works
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that isn't "Just do it oh why can't you failure of a person"
then it might work better.

And with new year and resolutions coming up, I just thought that I'd ask around for what people's daily routines are and perhaps what that means to them. Perhaps appreciating the significance of a habit and how habits shape us could help with sinking roots into New Year's Resolutions.
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Re: Routine and Ritual
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 07:30:57 pm »
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The value of the material is (let's focus on) the routine around it, and the value of the routine is the affirmation one's own existence and supplementing this node of self...something immaterial.



And with new year and resolutions coming up, I just thought that I'd ask around for what people's daily routines are and perhaps what that means to them. Perhaps appreciating the significance of a habit and how habits shape us could help with sinking roots into New Year's Resolutions.

 
Hey, a new Youtube channel to nerd out on! And I will have to look up that book about materialism that he quotes from; most writing on the subject that I've seen paints materialism in a negative light (clutter is bad, asceticism leads to enlightenment, etc) but I've always felt like "my stuff" is in some way an extension of "me".

As for routines, I'm a creature of habit so I have plenty. For example, my mornings go like this:
- get up when the alarm says so. Open curtains and turn on lights.
- make lunch and breakfast. Always the exact same thing, except for the type of lunch meat I use.
- eat breakfast while reading.
- brush teeth, use toilet, comb hair, get dressed.
- morning prayer and offering.

That covers the first 45 minutes of my day which requires no decision making on my part, and I think that's why routines like this relieve anxiety. Even some "variations" on this routine are pre-arranged (f'ex, usually I buy a regular loaf of whole-wheat bread which just lasts me through the week, but if it's a short work-week, I buy sesame-seed rolls instead).

Like the guy in the video, I have my same mug that I always drink tea with; actually, when the one I used to have (for 15+ years) suddenly broke, I was sad for the rest of the day. I kept the pieces and it now houses a small shrine to my identity (as inspired by this post)

I don't know if I necessarily agree with the idea of routines as a way of opening a "conduit" for inspiration, but there's definitely a factor of operant conditioning there. Like, if you were to always ring a bell before meditating, eventually the sound of the bell would cue your brain to enter a meditative state, with less conscious effort on your part.

As to building routines, I'm not sure what advice I can give, since routines come naturally to me. I guess ... don't try to force yourself into a routine; a routine should be a support, not a burden. Besides, forcing yourself through something kind of defeats the purpose of not-having-to-think-about-these-actions. Look for things and activities that are comforting.

If you don't have it already, The Morning Beverage seems like a good starting point, and it's fairly widespread, too.

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Re: Routine and Ritual
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2014, 10:31:21 pm »
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Hey, a new Youtube channel to nerd out on! And I will have to look up that book about materialism that he quotes from; most writing on the subject that I've seen paints materialism in a negative light (clutter is bad, asceticism leads to enlightenment, etc) but I've always felt like "my stuff" is in some way an extension of "me".

You're welcome! ;) Asceticism leading to enlightenment is a notion that has done me so much damage. I've been making conscious efforts to get grounded and be kind to my body.

Thanks for the link, the advice, and allowing me a look at your bookshelf so to speak. These are great and very helpful.

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If you don't have it already, The Morning Beverage seems like a good starting point, and it's fairly widespread, too.

Aha. I have discovered that chocolate malt drinks make me sleepy, so I've taken to drinking that when I've got insomnia, but The Morning Beverage by virtue of its timing of course would lessen the friction of the rest of the day...
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Re: Routine and Ritual
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2014, 05:01:07 pm »
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You're welcome! ;) Asceticism leading to enlightenment is a notion that has done me so much damage. I've been making conscious efforts to get grounded and be kind to my body.

Thanks for the link, the advice, and allowing me a look at your bookshelf so to speak. These are great and very helpful.


 
Aha. I have discovered that chocolate malt drinks make me sleepy, so I've taken to drinking that when I've got insomnia, but The Morning Beverage by virtue of its timing of course would lessen the friction of the rest of the day...


I'm glad to be of help :) This topic has actually got me thinking about my routines in more depth. I notice that most of them have to do with transitions of some kind - getting up, going to bed, going to work, coming home. Much like most cultures have traditions to mark changes in one's life (birth, maturity, marriage) only on a very, very small scale, heh. I also work a fixed schedule which helps; I don't know what your work/school schedule is like, but it could be something to consider.

Going back to the video for a moment, my mug isn't the only "special" item I have to go with a routine. Like my toothbrush holder, which is a rock vase that I bought specially for that purpose. Or the little basket on top of my shoe rack where I keep my keys. I'm pretty picky about what I bring into my home, actually; just about everything has a good reason to be there (and to me, "because it looks/feels/smells/tastes/sounds good" is a good reason).

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