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« Topic Start: January 28, 2010, 02:14:45 am »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.
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« Reply #1: January 28, 2010, 03:19:04 am »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

Specific to my own beliefs/path, I:

  • 1. Mark the seasons with small rituals/offerings to spirits-of-place.
  • 2. Celebrate these changes with seasonal foods and gatherings of friends when feasible/appropriate.
  • 3. Live as lightly as possible.
  • 4. Keep an organic garden.
  • 5. Learn about the plants and critters that inhabit this area.
  • 6. Read a lot about 2, 3, and 4.
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« Reply #2: January 28, 2010, 02:47:06 pm »

I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

A great deal of my practical daily work involves writing, which has always been a way for me to work with the images and ideas that evolve out of attending to the world. I mean "attending" there both as paying-attention-to and caring-for-and-serving the natural world, of course, but also just my immediate environment and the people and other beings who live in it. Working with and in the material world and learning to listen to my physical senses of touch, taste, smell, etc. I see as a kind of spiritual practice itself. Unlike the world of pure ideas, the physical world puts up resistance and limits, and rubbing up against those limits challenges me and shapes me, forcing me to confront difficulties and hard truths, at the same time that it gives me the means and materials for creative expression. Words themselves can be so frustrating because they never seem to capture the full impact and meaning of living an embodied spirituality, and yet as soon as we think we have found a word that does capture its meaning perfectly, suddenly the word seems dull and uninteresting, just a dead cliché. Working with any kind of artistic medium, I think, probably does the same thing: learning the limits of your material and its unexpected potentials. Art, music and writing teach me a great deal about what it means to be living in this human body of mine and approaching my life as a kind of on-going, evolving creative project between me and the gods or Spirit.

In addition to the writing, I also do regular meditation and prayer, especially focusing on practices that help me align to the three realms/three elements of Druidic tradition (I developed a creative visualization practice to go along with the Druid Prayer for Peace which I do every night before bed, sometimes using a set of prayer beads and sometimes just sitting before a lit candle). I also go hillwalking in the local woods at least once a week regardless of the weather (unless it's dangerously cold outside, which has been true once or twice this winter!) and spend some time out there listening and watching and sometimes singing. I incorporate yoga and running as forms of physical spiritual exercises; again, most of this work I've found comes down to teaching me about the limits and boundaries of my own body, and learning to rejoice in them and use them creatively to live beautifully and gracefully and with gratitude.

My relationship to the gods is still evolving, but I've begin making regular offerings and pouring libations; sometimes just to the land and the local spirits, but more often now to a particular god or goddess with whom I'm trying to build a relationship. I also celebrate the fire and solar festivals with intimate personal rituals, sometimes alone and sometimes with my partner. I used to do these rituals ad lib without a script, but I've been trying to work up to more complicated liturgy (potentially for group work) so I've begun writing things down and developing them more in-depth. As a result, the research that goes into each one also becomes a kind of spiritual discipline!

What about other folks?

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« Reply #3: January 28, 2010, 03:10:27 pm »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

The only thing I try specifically to do every day for spiritual purposes is meditate. There's plenty of my spirituality incorporated into just my everyday goings-on, however, in unremarkable ways.
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« Reply #4: January 28, 2010, 11:22:17 pm »

I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

There's very little I do in daily practice. Mostly I just think about the gods. I have a very vague altar of sorts, but I haven't done anything with it since I moved back to school. I figure that giving the deities a mental hello is enough daily practice for me, right now. Smiley
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« Reply #5: January 29, 2010, 12:42:56 am »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

Mostly I meditate and talk to my God/dess. I also will do some energy work and protection work. I do feel obliged to help others when asked but this could be more my guilt complex than any religious belief. I also like to stay in some sort of touch with nature but I am not nearly as environmentally friendly as I should be.
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« Reply #6: February 02, 2010, 11:46:03 pm »

There's very little I do in daily practice. Mostly I just think about the gods. I have a very vague altar of sorts, but I haven't done anything with it since I moved back to school. I figure that giving the deities a mental hello is enough daily practice for me, right now. Smiley

This is pretty much me.
I'm just starting out on my path, so as long as I'm finding my feet, I'll probably stick with offerings when I have something particularly yummy on hand (or when they are requested), and trying to build up my altar.

Once that's done, I'll be able to concentrate on trying to make proper rituals and celebrating the seasons like I really should.
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« Reply #7: February 03, 2010, 06:04:39 pm »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.
I light a candle every morning. Offerings on a semi-regular basis as I see fit.

Beyond that, not too much everyday. I do LOVE hiking, and don't get to do enough of it. Same with photography. I see both of those things as spiritual, especially the former. With photography, it depends somewhat on the subject how I feel about it. I also see my study of literature and even my riding as somewhat honoring Odin.
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« Reply #8: February 17, 2010, 08:38:19 am »

I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

I try to live my life according to what I believe in: practical things like recycling, go out for walks and hikes whenever I can, help others, do as many a small things as I can do to in order to do my bit for a better world (no, I am not an Idealist, but anyway, you have to start somewhere and not wait for others to do it for you).

I do not take a lot of attention on symbolism although I try to honour the Sabbats and Quarterdays.
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« Reply #9: July 13, 2010, 01:04:42 am »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

An important part of my path is that my practices change according to what my needs are, or what my present intentions are.  I consider this an alchemical aspect:  searching for the correct alchemical operation to perform next. I also consider it essential to an intuitively based path, that I have no "fixed" routines, but allow everything to flow from intuition. 

I usually begin the day with journaling, art and altar meditation to try to get clues as to "where I am now" so that I can see what is needed.  Then, based on what I find, or based upon intentions I am working on, I do a practice or practices to support that, either in the morning before I go to work, or in the evening when I get home.  Art, journaling, study, altar work, devotional meditation, some type of Magic or Spellwork, are typical parts of everyday practice.  As I have the opportunity, for instance on weekends, I do more extensive practices or rituals, including some out in nature, such as gathering herbs. 
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« Reply #10: July 13, 2010, 10:30:18 am »

I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

On a daily basis:
4 daily solar devotions
nightly meditation
talking to/touching my plants and trees (I'm in the process of creating a balcony garden)
lend an ear when people need to vent/offer advice when appropriate
I'm a natural health care practitioner which I feel is very much a part of my Druidry, so I see that as part of my daily spirituality (if that makes sense)
doing my Druid organisation coursework
do something creative, whether that be drawing, writing poems or rituals

Throughout the year:
honour the phases of the moon
observe the seasonal celebrations
do some charity work

Sometimes I slip and let things go...I'm not perfect.
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« Reply #11: July 30, 2010, 07:53:55 am »

On a daily basis:
4 daily solar devotions
nightly meditation
talking to/touching my plants and trees (I'm in the process of creating a balcony garden)
lend an ear when people need to vent/offer advice when appropriate
I'm a natural health care practitioner which I feel is very much a part of my Druidry, so I see that as part of my daily spirituality (if that makes sense)
doing my Druid organisation coursework
do something creative, whether that be drawing, writing poems or rituals

Throughout the year:
honour the phases of the moon
observe the seasonal celebrations
do some charity work

Sometimes I slip and let things go...I'm not perfect.


Every day? I talk to God a lot. Rail at him and complain. But listen, too. (Uh, that's our God, not their God.) I study and read a lot. I try to give thanks for things in my life. I do meditations and spells semi-regularly. And I also keep an organic garden -- veggies and flowers.

Since I'm solitary, I don't keep up with the Esbats and Sabbats much anymore. My bad, perhaps, but I do try to keep aware of the Gods and Goddesses and of the magic in the world around me.
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« Reply #12: July 30, 2010, 08:35:09 am »

(Uh, that's our God, not their God.)

     What do you mean by "our God" and "their God"?

 
   

     I do things more on a weekly basis but daily I meditate, work in my herb journal, some language study and light a candle for my ancestors.

   

   
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« Reply #13: July 30, 2010, 05:11:13 pm »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

Tend the altar everyday (light candles, incense, whatever...) meditation daily. Full moon, new moon and sabbat full circle rituals. My garden is dedicated to my trad, I spend quite a few hours a week tending that.
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« Reply #14: August 15, 2010, 07:09:01 pm »

I am an Odinist, and I meditate most days, as well as go for nature walks at least a few times a week, if not every day. I also participate in environmentalism, do daily offerings for the gods, and do lots of reading on Paganism. I was wondering what other Pagans here do.

On a typical day?

I get up and go to work unless it's one of my rare days off. I try to live in harmony with my personal ethics. I try to be kind to people. I take care of the tasks I'm responsible for in order to honor my promises/oaths. Basically I try to live in harmony with myself.

I'd like to meditate more. I do read Pagan books here and there, and I have some topics to learn more about. I'd like to be out in nature more often. I'd like to do some sort of daily devotionals.

But I also recognize the need to be balanced between my spiritual life and my "mundane" life. If I literally don't have time to do a holiday ritual because I'm tired and stressed out from working extra shifts to cover a staffing gap, I shouldn't beat myself up about it. I'm not any less Pagan for that, and I wouldn't want to work ritual as a chore or obligation and half-ass it because I'm so tired I can't even move.

I'd love to have the kind of life where I could be as religious as I wanted to be and work everything else around those practices. Unfortunately, that's not where I am now. Better that I fit in a quick prayer over my morning coffee at my desk than nothing at all... and is that really any less valid than a 20 minute morning devotional at my altar complete with various offerings and tools?

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