Hi, Harry. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. One of my favorite quotes is 'Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment chop wood and carry water.' Another is 'No man is an island.'
You're right, every step of progress we've acheived, or modern blessing we've had has been through a team effort of provision, be it the visonary to the lumberjack to the manufacteror to the consumer.
I was just sharing the 'Eternal Now' with someone else, and how important it is to be in the moment so as to co-create. Co-creation isn't performed in the past or future; and too much time in either distills one's ability to manifest their dreams from the moment.
My day starts with a brief offering of gratitude while opening everything up and allowing light and fresh air to circulate throughout. Even if it's the dead of winter, fresh air is fresh air, but for a few moments. This clears out the stuffiness from being shut up overnight.
It's followed by a cleaning of surfaces, particularly my work area and altars, then sweeping the floor of dust before clearing with sage, dragon's blood incense, and white candles throughout the rooms. This both clears and seals my sacred space for prayer offerings, oracle readings, and work.
Ritual is very important to me, as is protection. Recharging my crystals nightly on a selenite slab before the morning's placement also deters and transmutes negative energy into positive.
I loved your post because it embodies gratitude; and I would be able to do NOTHING in regards to rituals without the work of others such as candle & incense makers, sage harvestors, etc.
Namaste, my Friend! I hope you are well and blessed! xo
Hello A...yes that chopping wood carry water is a very famous Zen saying. And we often forget that none of us are islands and everything is connected and interdendent.
I certainly believe that being in the moment is extremely important...and a very practical way to train your mind. In Zen practice it is the simple reminder to "Pay Attention"...when washing dishes, just wash the dishes...when crossing a busy street, just cross the street...or your karma will be hit by a car
I love the wonderful freshness of early morning air...then I to light incense and then sit my aging body on my beloved zazen cushion (zafu) for my first sitting of the day. I don't chant or pray as such but I do recite the "Heart Sutra" every morning after sitting and my tai-chi.
I think rituals are very important in life...part of the whole paying attention...part of that includes the very ordinary in life...my keys have a permanent home...my mala beads...my bag, etc...one suffers a little less stress if one patterns one's life...ritualizes as much as one can...that way you are never running around searching for your car keys...or clean underwear
I think gratitude and politeness are simple practices...although I still fail often, but that's OK...after all, enlightenment and delusion are two sides of the same coin.
Namaste my wonderful friend...stay well.