I seem to have an aversion to Monday’s, hence this week’s “Monday Musing” is on Wednesday!
This week’s musing is about rituals: What is your definition of the word “ritual”? What are your rituals- mundane and spiritual? How do they inform each other? Is ritual a necessary component to spiritual practice?
As someone who has mild OCD many mundane tasks can become ritualistic. My morning routine of sorting my pets, my partner, chores around the house before rushing off to work is somewhat ritualistic. I offer protection blessings for my partner and my pets every day.
I have a special ritual invocation if I see road-kill and that has become so ingrained that I can’t not do it any more.
When I am overwhelmed, my OCD kicks in to reduce the anxiety and suddenly certain items need to be moved, floors swept, clothes hung just so. These rituals become a form of focus, of control that help to balance out my anxiety levels.
For more spiritual matters, the ritualistic side is more pronounced. If I do any blessings, spells or rituals I walk the space, cleanse the space, remove my tools from the chest in a specific order – they are laid out on the altar in a specific order. All this is important as this routine allows me to keep my focus and draws my attention.
Rituals whether spiritual or mundane keeps us focused, keeps us grounded and they allow a smoother motion through our lives. I think they are necessary but not just in spirituality.
This week’s Monday Musings is:
Personal Practice- Share your favorite spiritual/magickal practices. What tools are incorporated into your daily practice? What feeds you and replenishes you?
My daily practice starts with tending the Birds and Beasts
My day begins with letting in the sunlight (except for when it’s too dark, then I guess I let in the darkness) 🙂 I open my home to this and take moments while I look out over my garden. I usually watch the birds.
I tend my indoor plants, talking to them gently and checking their progress.
I then tend my animals, four rescue cats, a rescued dwarf hamster and an adopted budgie. They are given attention and care.
Solace & Serenity
Before the scream of the day, my partner and I spend some time sitting at our table, enjoying the calm serenity of our home before we are exposed to the press and noise and artificial light. This time is spent cherishing the sanctuary we are lucky to have.
Before I leave the house, I send a blessing out.
Ride the Broom
When I return home, I usually need to sweep the floor. I sweep any negativity that I have brought home (usually from work), out of the house.
These are my rituals, my routines, my practices. They are what centre me, calm me and connect me.
What a shame, the first year I start the PBP, I manage to let other crap get in the way so don’t finish it only to find that was the last year! 😦
Oh well, I may, as a way of fighting back against letting other crap get in the way. Just follow the path of the PBP, use the prompts from last year and follow the same method.
After all, it was designed to help us connect more with our spirituality as well as our blogs. I hope others who enjoyed it and want to continue do the same.