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« Topic Start: March 15, 2007, 08:16:32 pm »

My schedule has changed quite a bit since last year at this time, and I'm still figuring things out here (expect that'll continue for quite a while, actually, lol).  I had a nice pattern going before I went back to work full-time where I had my candles going daily for both offering/worship and for magick.  Now that I'm not home except for maybe one day a week and that's got to be my day for catching up on everything sitting while I'm at work (laundry, groceries, etc), not to mention carving out family time, I'm finding that making an adequate amount of ritual time is far more difficult.  I'm still managing my other regular devotional practices at bedtime, but as for the rest, I'm feeling quite lacking. 

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 

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« Reply #1: March 15, 2007, 08:27:05 pm »

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 

Hmm, not as much as I'd like...but definitely what is necessary.

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« Reply #2: March 15, 2007, 08:37:03 pm »

Hmm, not as much as I'd like...but definitely what is necessary.

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« Reply #3: March 15, 2007, 09:25:02 pm »

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 

I don't practice as much as I should be.  Things have been "off" for me since I moved last year and I haven't found a good rhythm again.  Work is crazy and so many things need my attention when I get home.  What little free time I have left is generally used to sleep/vegetate.  Sad

The past few weeks have been better though- I make small offerings when I have the time.  It's a start, at least. 

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« Reply #4: March 15, 2007, 10:27:30 pm »

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it?

Right now, my actual "practice" is practically nonexistent, and I hate it. I'm trying to work on it, but a lot of it involves making new habits, something I'm not good at (especially if they're good habits!).
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« Reply #5: March 15, 2007, 10:51:25 pm »

My schedule has changed quite a bit since last year at this time, and I'm still figuring things out here (expect that'll continue for quite a while, actually, lol).  I had a nice pattern going before I went back to work full-time where I had my candles going daily for both offering/worship and for magick.  Now that I'm not home except for maybe one day a week and that's got to be my day for catching up on everything sitting while I'm at work (laundry, groceries, etc), not to mention carving out family time, I'm finding that making an adequate amount of ritual time is far more difficult.  I'm still managing my other regular devotional practices at bedtime, but as for the rest, I'm feeling quite lacking. 

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 



I just wing it. I do my ritual devotions when I feel the need, and have available time. I do devotions every morning and every night before bed though.
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« Reply #6: March 17, 2007, 10:03:08 am »

Hmm, not as much as I'd like...but definitely what is necessary.

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« Reply #7: March 28, 2007, 11:21:09 pm »

My schedule has changed quite a bit since last year at this time, and I'm still figuring things out here (expect that'll continue for quite a while, actually, lol).  I had a nice pattern going before I went back to work full-time where I had my candles going daily for both offering/worship and for magick.  Now that I'm not home except for maybe one day a week and that's got to be my day for catching up on everything sitting while I'm at work (laundry, groceries, etc), not to mention carving out family time, I'm finding that making an adequate amount of ritual time is far more difficult.  I'm still managing my other regular devotional practices at bedtime, but as for the rest, I'm feeling quite lacking. 

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 

My practice has increased a lot since joining the Cill, but since that's just once every 20 days (approximately), that's not really saying much.  I'd say before then, it was every other month or so, depending on my circumstances.

A lot of things stop me from doing things more often, like time restraints (I'm a busy college student), having roomies (when I'm home), and even just dumb little things like fretting over what to do or how to properly dispose of an offering.  For instance, I have a place where I put offerings, but only in my college town, and only when the ground is not covered in snow or super muddy.  Otherwise, I just have to make a big production out of putting stuff in the garbage or down the sink, trying to be as polite about it as possible.  Undecided

OTOH, I don't think that constant worship is really what's important.  I like the gods and want to have more interaction with them, but I also know that there are other things of importance.  I never let the fact that college work gets in the way of practice, for example, because it is part of my practice, in a way.  It's all about action versus words (and ritual) to me.
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« Reply #8: March 29, 2007, 12:38:09 am »

I have different degrees of ritual.  I usually manage to get off a minor semi-formal working once every couple of days, at least.  I perform more formal workings on full moons and the Wiccan Sabbats.
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« Reply #9: March 29, 2007, 12:42:48 am »

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 

Lately, I've been making time every evening to light candles to Brighid.  Most of the time, I let them burn out -- which is  or 5 hours, since they're all tealights.

Every 20 days, I take my shift as a member of the Cauldron's Brigidine Cill.

Occasionally, I go outside for informaly offerings/libations (usually ale).
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« Reply #10: March 29, 2007, 06:02:27 pm »

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 



My beliefs don't involve much in the way of specific religious practices, so I can't even say that I wing it.

I make one requirement of myself, which is to meditate every day without fail--which I actually manage to do with about 95% compliance. I usually do it first thing in the morning, but anytime of day or night is fine, which makes the obligation easier to live up to.

Other than that, I note the changing seasons of the sun and moon, staging all-out celebrations only for the winter and summer solstices and, to a lesser extent, Halloween.
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So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 



I'm a creature of habit ... bedtime prayers every day, and ritual with offerings once a week, which takes about an hour.
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So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 



I usually wing it, but lately, thanks to the Kemetic SIG inspiring me to be more involved, I've been good at daily ritual. It's been before work, a short prayer, offerings(food, water, incense, fire), henu, and then close. Once a week I do bigger stuff, longer ritual.
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« Reply #13: July 18, 2007, 06:42:16 pm »

My schedule has changed quite a bit since last year at this time, and I'm still figuring things out here (expect that'll continue for quite a while, actually, lol).  I had a nice pattern going before I went back to work full-time where I had my candles going daily for both offering/worship and for magick.  Now that I'm not home except for maybe one day a week and that's got to be my day for catching up on everything sitting while I'm at work (laundry, groceries, etc), not to mention carving out family time, I'm finding that making an adequate amount of ritual time is far more difficult.  I'm still managing my other regular devotional practices at bedtime, but as for the rest, I'm feeling quite lacking. 

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it? 



 Mostly just wing it unfortunately, I've tried to get a habit of doing a quick daily devotion but there are many more days when that doesn't happen then when it does. Embarrassed I'm pretty guilty about this since I feel strongly that something as important and basic as my spirituality should warrant a few minutes of my day, especially considering we're on summer break here so my days are pretty free for the moment. 

Usually it's just laziness or lack of motivation on my part, though it's also a matter of remembering. I'm pretty scatterbrained and often there are times when I could do a devotion or meditate for a bit, or get working on one of my religiously-inspired projects but it just doesn't cross my mind, and so it doesn't happen.  Undecided

I also have a problem with my boyfriend being around mostly full-time during the summer. He's non-religious and while heís semi-aware of my spirituality (my shrine is out in plain view, as are my pagan books and statues) I havenít really felt really comfortable going into detail about my beliefs as he hasnít had any religion in his upbringing and I've never been very good at discussing the issue. When he's around it puts a major damper on my practice, I don't feel comfortable doing devotion or even meditating with him in the house.  Sad
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« Reply #14: August 01, 2007, 12:48:46 am »

So, do you  manage to put in as much 'face time' for religious practice as you'd like?  Or do you just wing it?

I found out the hard way that trying to do a formal ritual routine when you're adjusting to new circumstances is just as bad as letting them lapse all together. When I broke up with my ex, I really repressed how painful it was and ended up putting waaaaaaaaay too much focus on finding someone new. It became the only reason I prayed was to beg the gods to send me a new guy. So, I was Told, in no uncertain terms, to knock it off until I could reconnect with the real reason why we do rituals and prayers. I ended up changing my whole routine and what I do now (a quick please and thank you before bed) is working much better.
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