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Home Forums PRACTICES & RITUAL Other Practices & Habits Daily practices

This topic contains 4 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  DT Strain 10 months, 4 weeks ago.

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  • #7558

    Aron Gamman
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    We’ve seen lots of discussion on SNS about meditation in particular, but in addition to that I was curious what sort of daily practices do you do? If so do they come from specific traditions?

    To start, I do daily mindfulness meditations, some in a more Buddhist type form like love-kindness meditation, yet some resemble Jewish prayers as well, but with a more secular bent giving thanks to the universe as a whole as well as other beings, etc. I do more mindfulness practice in the mornings and evenings and do walking meditation (often with my dog, River) I specifically do stretching in the morning to wake up my body as well.

  • #7559

    B. T. Newberg
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    My practices right now include breath meditation, yoga, running, and summoning to mind the virtues I’ll need for the day. I also occasionally practice naturalistic prayer, which helps me work through emotional knots.

  • #7748

    DT Strain
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    Mindfulness (breathing) meditation is kind of the foundation. I while back I started adding loving-kindness meditation to the end of it. Journaling is a practice I return to once in a while. I do some Yoga but it’s been more of an exercise thing without as much of a spiritual/ritualistic format so far (though I’d like to experiment here). Negative visualization and demeanor practice are kind of ongoing things. When we attend the Jade Buddha Temple on Sundays I also do walking meditation there. I occasionally do art and have moved to almost exclusively doing artwork in a spiritual-practice format, in a kind of meditative state. I try to fit in some regular reading and, given the type of reading I do, it may function somewhat like ‘summoning to mind the virtues’ B.T. speaks of (I’d like to hear more on that BT). Other little things here and there. I still feel like I’m experimenting with being more regular in all of these. At least once a year I attend a burner event, where there are many elements that are ritualistic and tend to be more expressive and experiential in nature.

  • #7755

    B. T. Newberg
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    >may function somewhat like ‘summoning to mind the virtues’ B.T. speaks of (I’d like to hear more on that BT).

    It’s straight out of a common Stoic daily practice and basically consists of thinking about the day ahead and naming the virtues you need in particular that day.

  • #7758

    DT Strain
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    Oh yes of course! I suppose I’ve meshed that in with Journaling. It’s part of what I Journal about when I journal so I guess I hadn’t been thinking of it by that term – thanks 🙂

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