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What is your daily practice?
« on: May 05, 2015, 08:12:46 am »
Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?

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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 08:49:42 am »
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Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?


I offer water and salt at my kamidana every morning, and if I can in the evening too. I usually also burn a little incense as well. For Buddhism, I do three prostrations and recite the refuge prayer. It never takes very long, but I've not timed myself. ;)

I can say I feel more in touch spiritually when I'm up on my daily practices. It certainly gives me a structure for my morning routine that I don't have otherwise.
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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2015, 09:14:58 am »
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I offer water and salt at my kamidana every morning, and if I can in the evening too. I usually also burn a little incense as well. For Buddhism, I do three prostrations and recite the refuge prayer. It never takes very long, but I've not timed myself. ;)

I can say I feel more in touch spiritually when I'm up on my daily practices. It certainly gives me a structure for my morning routine that I don't have otherwise.

 
Interesting.  Right now I'm doing a Tibetan daily practice called Ngondro(phrased that way for the benefit of the non-Buddhists reading this) which I try to take about a half hour but usually at best it takes about 10-15 minutes.  

Let's just say it has a very, very strong effect and leave it at that.

I'm hoping to put together an Asatru practice, though at this point all I can think it would look like would be

"Something something Aesir are awesome something something also Vanir something something shout out to Freyja something something "

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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015, 02:51:19 pm »
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Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?

 
Every morning I greet the sun, say some prayers at my altar as I'm putting on my hammer, and leave an offering for the ancestors. Since mine were Italian and Sicilian I leave a small (demi-tasse) cup of black coffee. I also change the water I have in a tiny bowl to help the Norns water Yggdrasil. This takes all of 5 minutes.

In the evening, when I do it, I light candles and incense on the altar, pour a horn of mead, beer or other drink, say some prayers, and toast the Gods, spirits and ancestors, pour some into a small bowl, then drink the rest from the horn. This is maybe 10 - 15 minutes.

I occasionally leave a small food offering. The next morning I take the liquids and mindfully pour them down the drain, unless I have food. Then I take it all outside and place and pour it all under a tree.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2015, 04:59:04 pm »
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Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?

 
I've offered water to Saule in the morning continually for... a while now. It doesn't take more than two minutes, and possibly less, though as Redfaery said, I've never timed it. At the end of the day, I pour the water down the drain and leave her a prayer.

This may be changing soon. I'm getting prayer beads, so I may end up putting aside offering water in order to work with those. On that note, I doubt that it'll take me much longer than the water offerings do now.

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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 06:26:21 pm »
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Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?


My daily practice includes a water offering and short prayer in the morning, and a prayer in the evening before I go to bed. Each takes less than 5 minutes, I'd say.

Benefits ... that's a good question. I've been doing evening prayers for almost 2 decades now, so I really don't know what would be different if I didn't do them. I must be getting something out of it or I would have stopped by now.

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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2015, 10:11:12 am »
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Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?


Currently, I do short morning and evening rituals, in which I offer incense and water. Heru/Horus has my morning ritual, and Sobek has my evening ritual. It brings a stability to my life, I think. The rituals themselves only take five minutes, but it grounds me and gives me a sense of peace and strength. I only skip them if I am too sick (migraines, mostly), or if it's the first day of menstruation (for which I do self-care instead). Other than that, I do them every day.

I based mine on the structure of Egyptian temple rituals, but simplified to the point where I can do it in five minutes with nothing but water, if necessary. The flame and incense are nice, but the water is more important. I wanted that echo of the old temple rites, but in a form I could do twice a day in five minutes, without the need for purifications and a lot of equipment. It's designed the way it is so I can still do the rites in summer when it's too hot to light candles, and not compromise the core purpose of the ritual.
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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2015, 11:41:00 pm »
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I'm hoping to put together an Asatru practice, though at this point all I can think it would look like would be

"Something something Aesir are awesome something something also Vanir something something shout out to Freyja something something "

 
I'm a newbie too, and this is almost exactly what my practice is. I'm not much of a morning person, so every night before bed I light some incense and take a minute to talk to Freyja. I don't have any prayers in particular at this point; instead I tell her about my day, thank her for anything I suspect may have been her influence, tell her if I saw any butterflies or anything else that reminded me of her. This may change as my practice evolves, of course.

As for what I "get out of it", I've only been at this a couple months and in doing this I'm reaching out trying to build a relationship with her. I don't have any expectations about what this may yield, spiritually. I suppose if anything, it's a nice wind-down routine at the end of the day.

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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2015, 12:15:03 pm »
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I'm not much of a morning person, so every night before bed I light some incense and take a minute to talk to Freyja. I don't have any prayers in particular at this point; instead I tell her about my day

 
I do something very similar.  I started nightly prayers in this form about a year ago, before that I had little scripted prayers, more like a mantra of thanks, that I used to do, but it felt very impersonal, so I swapped to lighting a candle and chatting with Odin.  I don't do it physically every night, as for me it is very private time, and not something I do when other people can observe me, so if my husband is home (he works nights half the year), I do my prayers through visualization.

I have been doing nightly visualized rituals for over a decade.  I started with a Tai-chi relaxation technique (visualizing relaxing every part of your body, then doing some breathing to release negative thoughts from the mind), that I learned in school.  Then I started adding affirmations, gratitude, grounding/centering and prayers.  I don't know how long it takes, but I have been doing them every night for probably close to twenty years now.  I have to be passing out tired to not do them, and because they are visualized, I can do them anywhere...and because I do them in bed, it doesn't matter who might be around.

About two years ago I added in a morning ritual.  It started with a prayer to greet the day, then sun salutation and other minor stretching, followed by a prayer to the spirit of the day, honoring my daily divination (I draw a rune in the morning), grounding/centering/shielding.  Depending on the day this takes from five to fifteen minutes.  I really feel out of sorts when I don't do this, not only physically (as the yoga and stretching helps loosen me up after sleep) but mentally as well (it really sets the tone for the day).

Oh, when I started doing the greet the day, I also started doing a greet the night, just a simple prayer I say while checking both front and back door (making sure they are locked, then a bit of warding for peace of mind).

It always sounds like a ton when I write it out (especially if I do a step by step writeup), but it was not a big thing to build.  I started with one thing, and after I got used to that, as I felt I needed something else I added it.  Over the years I have changed things, added things, stopped doing things and returned to practices I had previously used.  It is sort of a fluid routine, I have the things I know I want to do at night/morning (the big stuff like clear my mind, ground/center, shield, prayer) but I may do them in different ways depending on what I feel like I need
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Re: What is your daily practice?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2015, 12:38:59 pm »
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Hey, everyone!

I am thinking of starting a daily Pagan practice(Asatru, to be precise) and was wondering what other people do for their daily practice?

How long does your practice take?  If you are comfortable with sharing, what is it?  What benefits do you get from it?
I usually light some incense at night and leave food or usually beer as an offering. I try and say a few prayers in the morning and some at a night! I say individual prayers to each of my 4 deities.
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