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Author Topic: Finding Time for Religion?  (Read 7192 times)
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« Reply #4: November 03, 2007, 02:48:09 am »

So, here I am in front of the computer. I'm nearly 20, wanting to venture into my religion more and more each day but not having the time to do so. I should, but I don't.

Why? I work like the rest of the (American) world, 45 hours a week. On top of that, I watch my close friends daughter quiet often as we live together. If I do have any time, my body is often going "DO NOTHING! REST!" at me, which I have to comply (Cheesy).

But, how did you as a young (or even later in life) find time in your hectic life to truly figure out your religion, to read and to actually do things such as your first casting?

Basically, if it's that important to you, you'll figure out a way to get it in there. My work week runs Monday at 8pm-Thursday at 11pm. I cram 40 hours of work into three days plus three hours. I sleep during the day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Evening devotionals are out. Morning devotionals are out. The only way I can have a "set" time is to do somethign when I wake up or just before I go to sleep....I have a tendency to sleep til roughly 10 minutes before I have to leave on work days, so I do devotional work just before I sleep, be it in the mornign half the week, or at night half the week. On Saturday nights, I do a slightly longer ritual. I spend most of the day Sunday with my grove.

When to learn, when to learn...I read on my commute to and from work. Thankfully, I'm basically a tech support "babysitter", and I probably do maybe six hours of "actual work" each week, the rest of the time, I'm there "just in case" and I use a lot of that to do research and work on my religious pursuits (I wouldn't recommend doing this sort of thing at work on most places, I happen to work in an extremely liberal office where they don't give a rip what I do in my idle time as long as it's not porn, illegal, in competition with the company, or violating my non-disclosure agreement.)

I used to have a 2-3 hours each way commute. I read several books a week just getting there and back. I downloaded podcasts and listened to them and learned a lot that way.

So...can you wake up ten or fifteen minutes early? Or go to bed ten or fifteen minutes later? Is there time spent doing thigns like playing video games or watching TV that you could cut into for some quality religious time? You can meditate on the earth which provides your food and water while cooking dinner. When you take the trash out, take a minute to look up at the sky. Maybe keep a book on you to read a bit of when you're waiting in line at the grocery store/bank/whatever. When you're sitting in traffic, take a minute to greet the gods. On your lunch break, go outside, offer some water to a tree or plant or pour it as a libation to the gods of your choice. You say that when you have free time, your body screams for rest...have you tried meditation at this time instead of just plonking down and going to sleep?

There are lots of little ways to sneak in religious practice. You just need to find them.

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