Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Keeping Religious Practice Fresh?

I've been reflecting a lot in the last few days. One of the things I'm currently struggling with is keeping my spiritual growth "fresh". I'm not 100% sure I know what I mean by that. I think I'm concerned about getting into a rut, getting stale, not staying as close in touch with Brighid as I want to.

Some of this is because I've been quite sick over the last few months with horrible migraine and cluster headaches. And then the neverending zombie stomach bug from hell. I've had a lot of time to just lie there and think.

I light my lamp for Brighid every night, and I keep an electric LED candle on always. I have my little "shrine shelf" at home, and an unobtrusive shrine-let at work complete with LED candle. I continue to study and read about Irish mythology and related topics. I continue to wear my "Brighid jewelry" and listen to my "Brighid music". I even just received a beautiful pair of stylized Brighid's cross earrings for Christmas.

But I'm missing that zing -- those lightbulb moments -- that shivery feeling.

Could just be that I've been sick and medicated. Or could be that I've gotten into a rut and need to break out.

I'd love to hear suggestions for what works for others who have found themselves in the same boat.

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