In the last blog I talked to you about the importance of ritual and daily practice. I know that some people may wonder what that looks like in practical reality so I thought I would take some time to share the details of my daily ritual.
Let me start off by saying that I don’t always do every one of these steps every day. It isn’t always realistic to spend hours of my day meditating and going through every step of my ritual. We live in a world in which we are very busy and I am fond of learning how to be present within the energy of that which already exists around us instead of trying to change it. I understand that it is not possible to take time every day to do every one of these things. Some days I will substitute out one step for another or spend a shorter amount of time at my altar. I do try to have a least one or two days a week in which I carry out all of the steps of my ritual. The important part of all of this is to have the daily routine, the ritual. The key word is practice. Our spiritual program becomes refined and stronger when we create a ritual that we practice every day and there really is no substitute for this. If for some reason I miss a day, I remind myself that I am doing the best that I can. There is no measure of perfection here, no judgement, only a commitment to personal growth and self-care. Remember you are already perfect just the way you are. Your best effort, whatever that may look like today, is more than enough
My morning ritual begins with five to ten minutes of quiet coffee time either outside with my tree or tucked away in my office. I need a few minutes to just quietly wake up and breathe and to smell the beauty of coffee. This time usually blends into fifteen to thirty minutes of reading from a text on the subject matter I am currently studying. I firmly believe in building a relationship with the land I live on so I take the time to walk around my yard and to leave offerings at my tree for my Goddess and the spirits who live around me. My ritual includes a devotional practice to my Goddess. My time with Her consists of chants, prayers, and offerings and often it transitions directly into meditation. If I don’t have time to carry out both devotion and meditation, I always make sure to say prayers and give offerings. To paraphrase my friend Lora O’Brien, it is important to let Her know I am showing up every day and I do this by giving offerings. My Goddess is very persistent with me about exercising and taking care of my body so my daily practice also includes exercise or movement of some kind. To be honest, I could use a little work in staying focused on this but I remain consistent and remind myself that I am doing my best. The last piece of my ritual is my daily food preparation. For me this is an essential component of taking care of my body so I include preparing my food in my daily ritual.
Again, it is not always possible carry out every step of my routine every day. Some days I shorten each step and some days I substitute one piece of my routine for another. For example some days instead of giving offerings, I make sure to read. Some days I only have time to carry out my devotional practice and not to exercise. I hope this is helpful for those looking for a way to build their daily ritual. I would love to hear your thoughts or answer any questions you have about this. Feel free to email me about any of the information I have included this newsletter or any of the previous newsletter topics.