In an earlier post, I commented on how I had abandoned the religion of my youth. While this is not entirely true (I still “talk to God” – a.k.a. praying in religion-speak), I have for the most part rejected the doctrines and practices of Christianity. I really feel that organized religions are not the avenue to spirituality that work for me anymore. Having said that, I do realize that there is more to life than the material world and that I need some form of “practice” to feed my spirit. This was reiterated today on the CBC program Tapestry, one of the things I do as a part of my aforementioned “practice”. On today’s program, there was an interview with Oriah Mountain Dreamer (a flaky name to be sure but: books, covers and all that). In the interview, she quotes a saying:
It’s too late to dig a well when your house is on fire.
The meaning here of course is that you need to have an well developed spiritual practice in place before disaster strikes so that you have something to help carry you through. While agree with this in one respect, I also think that anything that you do on a regular basis can turn into an empty ritual. So I guess the trick is to have a habitual spiritual practice yet somehow keep it fresh and meaningful. What are your thoughts on how to do this?