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Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:26:30 am »
Firstly, "Hello" as this is my first real post here.

Secondly, I just wondered how people incorporate Asatru into their daily lives? Over the years I have used Runes, read many texts and performed rituals. Lately I have found myself feeling like I am straying from the path. Daily life is so busy that I feel I am letting myself down by not being dedicated enough and finding more time for all things related to Asatru.

I wondered if any others have felt this way with any faith and in particular Asatru and how they incorporated more into daily life.

Thanks.

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Re: Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2017, 01:28:45 pm »
Firstly, "Hello" as this is my first real post here.

Secondly, I just wondered how people incorporate Asatru into their daily lives? Over the years I have used Runes, read many texts and performed rituals. Lately I have found myself feeling like I am straying from the path. Daily life is so busy that I feel I am letting myself down by not being dedicated enough and finding more time for all things related to Asatru.

I wondered if any others have felt this way with any faith and in particular Asatru and how they incorporated more into daily life.

Thanks.
What I find that works for me is doing little things that add up over time. For example, if you have a few minutes to yourself in the morning or before bed spend it speaking to the Gods (of your choice), saying a prayer or blessings, showing gratitude, etc. When you are at dinner, raise you glass to your deity.

There are lots of little things that you can do to honor you deities and your path. If you workout, dedicate your workout session to Thor. If you are cooking a meal you can ask Frigg to bless it. This can work with any tradition. Just like any relationship, sometimes it is the small things that matter most.  :)
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Re: Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2017, 10:58:27 pm »
Firstly, "Hello" as this is my first real post here.

Secondly, I just wondered how people incorporate Asatru into their daily lives? Over the years I have used Runes, read many texts and performed rituals. Lately I have found myself feeling like I am straying from the path. Daily life is so busy that I feel I am letting myself down by not being dedicated enough and finding more time for all things related to Asatru.

I wondered if any others have felt this way with any faith and in particular Asatru and how they incorporated more into daily life.

Thanks.

Hi, Algiz, welcome to TC! I don't know if you've found our Asatru and Heathenry SIG forum yet, but I recommend checking out the threads there for more information on the subject, as well as what you'll get from responses in this thread.

I should emphasize that I'm not suggesting you shouldn't have started this thread, or that this is the wrong place for it (as you saw - and applied - we have an 'Asatru/Heathenism' prefix here for threads focused on that set of cultural polytheisms, which we wouldn't have if threads like yours weren't fine), just making sure you know that A&H is there to peruse.

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Re: Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 05:37:15 am »
What I find that works for me is doing little things that add up over time. For example, if you have a few minutes to yourself in the morning or before bed spend it speaking to the Gods (of your choice), saying a prayer or blessings, showing gratitude, etc. When you are at dinner, raise you glass to your deity.

There are lots of little things that you can do to honor you deities and your path. If you workout, dedicate your workout session to Thor. If you are cooking a meal you can ask Frigg to bless it. This can work with any tradition. Just like any relationship, sometimes it is the small things that matter most.  :)

Many thanks for this and that all makes perfect sense.

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2017, 05:37:52 am »
Many thanks for this and that all makes perfect sense.

many thanks and no problem at all. I will look at the other forum. Thanks for pointing me there.

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Re: Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2017, 07:14:11 pm »
Firstly, "Hello" as this is my first real post here.

Secondly, I just wondered how people incorporate Asatru into their daily lives? Over the years I have used Runes, read many texts and performed rituals. Lately I have found myself feeling like I am straying from the path. Daily life is so busy that I feel I am letting myself down by not being dedicated enough and finding more time for all things related to Asatru.

I wondered if any others have felt this way with any faith and in particular Asatru and how they incorporated more into daily life.

Thanks.

One thing I've found useful is to have some fairly simple rituals which I do on a regular basis. Every Sunday, I make offerings to the house wight and ancestors. Every Friday, I make an offering to Frigga, Freya and Holle. These "rituals" are so simple, I don't even think they really deserve the name. I have an outdoor altar, I say a short prayer, I add some wine to the offering bowl. That's it. It honestly takes about two minutes. I do more elaborate rituals at other times, but I think that the lack of intensity of relatively simple and quick rituals can be offset by their regularity.


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Re: Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2017, 02:23:02 pm »
Firstly, "Hello" as this is my first real post here.

Secondly, I just wondered how people incorporate Asatru into their daily lives? Over the years I have used Runes, read many texts and performed rituals. Lately I have found myself feeling like I am straying from the path. Daily life is so busy that I feel I am letting myself down by not being dedicated enough and finding more time for all things related to Asatru.

I wondered if any others have felt this way with any faith and in particular Asatru and how they incorporated more into daily life.

Thanks.

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Re: Asatru and incorporating into daily life.
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2017, 06:40:58 pm »
Firstly, "Hello" as this is my first real post here.

Secondly, I just wondered how people incorporate Asatru into their daily lives? Over the years I have used Runes, read many texts and performed rituals. Lately I have found myself feeling like I am straying from the path. Daily life is so busy that I feel I am letting myself down by not being dedicated enough and finding more time for all things related to Asatru.

I wondered if any others have felt this way with any faith and in particular Asatru and how they incorporated more into daily life.

Thanks.

Do you mind if I get in on this? Although I have a different religion, incorporating reconstructionist worship into daily life in the modern world is a topic that interests me. And it is far more difficult than it first appears, especially for me as my living conditions limit active worship. Obviously, there is a philosophical component, which can be purely theological, or involve abstract metaphysics. However there are also practical considerations. For example, maize agriculture is really important in my religion, but I cannot actually grow maize (I rent an apartment). My solution is to eat maize as often as possible. Another solution is to combine prayer and offerings with daily activity. Cleaning would be a good example, and many religions have divinities associated with cleansing, renewal, and purification.

I still have some questions about the connection between religion and practical morality. This is a hard thing to test however; first, because the ancients were not always consistent with their own behaviour. And second, because it is difficult to know how to deal with moral questions when you are alone. This is a particular problem for me, as I am almost entirely alone. Although other reconstuctionist religions have larger communities, most live alone, and moral issues don't always wait for discussion.

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