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Question: How often do you actively participate in spiritual or religious activities, including but not limited to praying, giving offering, performing rituals, etc.?
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« Topic Start: May 21, 2008, 07:28:21 pm »

This question came about as a result of a conversation I had recently with a theology student who asked this of me.  He wondered how much other pagans actively engage in religious/spiritual activities.  Of course, that got me wondering about this as well.  Explanations are, as always, are encouraged and welcomed.

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« Reply #1: May 21, 2008, 07:31:59 pm »


Oh yes, I forgot to add... I'm one of the "Every Day" folks.  I start and end each day with a short prayer to my deity.  Other activities happen less frequently, but I can't remember the last time I went through a day without offering up a prayer.
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« Reply #2: May 21, 2008, 07:43:32 pm »

This question came about as a result of a conversation I had recently with a theology student who asked this of me.  He wondered how much other pagans actively engage in religious/spiritual activities.  Of course, that got me wondering about this as well.  Explanations are, as always, are encouraged and welcomed.

Depends on what my schedule is like.  I normally make time for a small ritual at least twice a month and give a small prayer per day.  But if I'm busy, I would actually forget to do anything spiritual or religious.  Not very surprising when I have been known to forget meals when I'm overworked.
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« Reply #3: May 21, 2008, 07:56:04 pm »


Every day.

Mostly little "chatty" things during the day, and always at least lighting my lamp with a short prayer every night.

And lots of reading.
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« Reply #4: May 21, 2008, 08:46:22 pm »


This is very interesing.  I have been consiering this myself recently.  My explainations woud be a few things.  Anything from Daily to Annually.

The reason I say that, is that depending on what I am thinking about (recently quite a bit) my religion I am paying a tribute to it in my own opion.  I do "try" and take time several times a month to say hi to mother nature and her wonders, as well as many other aspects that are more of a personal nature to me.

Quarterly I will at the very least acknowledge the seasons and changes in the air w/in the planet and universe.  Yearly I will try and do the same things.

I have been stagnant within my main practices in the past year and I am trying to rectify this currently, in which brought me back to this board.  Spending some conversational time with other of like mind are very helpful to me and I can consider this part of it.

I just got done playing racquetball and am very tire and starting to ramble on w/ no direct train of thought currently so I will sum it up this way.

I have been a bad Pagan and I am looking to rectify this, so I will say that I am working at it daily now and will try and solidify some of my daily practices once again.
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« Reply #5: May 21, 2008, 09:25:56 pm »

This question came about as a result of a conversation I had recently with a theology student who asked this of me.  He wondered how much other pagans actively engage in religious/spiritual activities.  Of course, that got me wondering about this as well.  Explanations are, as always, are encouraged and welcomed.



Daily prayer.  Weekly blog, I try.  other stuff - pretty much never. Cheesy
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« Reply #6: May 21, 2008, 09:26:51 pm »



I'm an 'other'.  I do specific things a few times a year, but I periodically get yanked out by the scruff of the neck for something more solid.  I have a bit of a contentious relationship with my god.  (I'm a polytheist, but only one of my pantheon is 'my' god)  I'm religiously lazy but have no doubts about where I belong.  Old Dog has no problem with me trying to avoid him - he tends to hide when I want something, too.

We work it out, and the voluntary rituals really are voluntary, and something I look forward to.  They're rare enough that they stay fresh and special to me.  I know daily or weekly devotions don't lose their meaning for everyone, but for me they do.

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« Reply #7: May 22, 2008, 01:15:27 am »

I I'm religiously lazy but have no doubts about where I belong. 

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heh. Love it. that's me too.  I also put other, b/c it varies so much from day to day. I have periods of very high energy, lots of magical work happening, spirit activity, all kinds of everything, and then dormant stretches. I am running a lot of earth power right now, which is a nice change for me, but feels quite a bit different from all the air and fire I was doing last year. But that's a good thing. I am very sensitive to the changes of the seasons, and respond to them as I see fit. I have been learning about tantra and other more organized systems, like hinduism and judaism and wicca. I am not bound to any of them, but some of those deities have called me, and they like things done a certain way, so I am trying to get more disciplined in my approach.
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« Reply #8: May 22, 2008, 01:51:29 am »

Old Dog has no problem with me trying to avoid him - he tends to hide when I want something, too.

 Smiley I have that relationship with a deity who is more or less my secondary patron.  He and I spend more time avoiding each other than actually accomplishing anything meaningful.
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« Reply #9: May 22, 2008, 02:25:40 am »


Active working? Couple fo tiems a month

I try fo rweekly meditation and chats but miss far to often.
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« Reply #10: May 22, 2008, 04:52:37 am »

Active working? Couple fo tiems a month

I try fo rweekly meditation and chats but miss far to often.


I've only been managing something a couple of times a month, but I read and think about things on a daily basis, does that count? I'm trying to get more active and consistent, but it's a struggle sometimes!
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« Reply #11: May 22, 2008, 06:57:16 am »



I'm "a few times a year" for right now.  I try to make it to Sabbat celebrations when I can, but right now I've really been re-evaluating my path and trying to find what it is I'm looking for.  Once I find something and/or have more time to focus on such things, this number will go up.
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« Reply #12: May 22, 2008, 07:30:42 am »

This question came about as a result of a conversation I had recently with a theology student who asked this of me.  He wondered how much other pagans actively engage in religious/spiritual activities.  Of course, that got me wondering about this as well.  Explanations are, as always, are encouraged and welcomed.

Daily:
Morning devotionals (which take between 2-10 minutes most of the time, depending on what I'm doing)
Participation in online religious-related discussion
Use of music/playlists and other things in my environment (small shrines) to keep my attention on particular areas of focus

A few times a week:
Work on religious projects (reading, taking notes, writing things up, etc.)

Weekly:
Specific meditation work.

Not quite weekly:
Coven get-togethers: either ritual or discussion right now.

On a schedule, but more complicated:
Esbats and Sabbats.
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« Reply #13: May 22, 2008, 08:30:28 am »


Daily: prayers (short) at the start of each day and right before I go to bed. I've never been able to keep up anything else, really.

Weekly: Flamekeeping. It's not quite every week, but since I'm in three cills, it usually averages out to one shift per week. Again, I've tried but never have been able to keep up any other kind of weekly practice. Included in this practice is updating my blog(s) every shift.

Sporadic: spirit journeying, ogam divination, essays for blog, reading religious books, articles, taking notes etc. Reading happens more frequently than anything else, just because, well, I like to read.  Wink



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« Reply #14: May 22, 2008, 02:35:32 pm »

This question came about as a result of a conversation I had recently with a theology student who asked this of me.  He wondered how much other pagans actively engage in religious/spiritual activities.  Of course, that got me wondering about this as well.  Explanations are, as always, are encouraged and welcomed.


I only answered for the times I physically get off my bottom and DO something, since actual physical practice has always been difficult for me.  If I'd included mental activity like studying then my answer would be every day.

I used to do devotionals and offerings daily, but it got to feel pretty hollow.  So now I do so a couple times a week when I can spend more "quality time."  I'm hoping to get back up to a daily routine.

Public group rituals several times a year.  Family ritual at random times when we feel it's needed.
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