A Hearth-Centred Practice, Revisited

A long, long time ago, when this blog was just a baby, I wrote a post called A Hearth-Centred Practice, in which I explored what I want our home religious life to be. In that post, I posited that this practice would include:

–         daily worship, performed by myself on behalf of the household
–         other regular worship, perhaps weekly, performed by both of us
–         meal blessing, said by either of us when we eat at home

We only achieved one of the three on a near-daily basis, the meal prayer. Go us!

You see, it’s a lot easier to be pious in your head and on paper than it is to physically do the work each and every day. I tried, most definitely, but as we all know, life has challenges that sometimes get the best of us, and as a person who struggles with depression, sometimes life getting the best of me happens more than I would like.

Since 2009, when that post was first shared, the idea of what a hearth-centred practice looks like hasn’t changed all that much. Each of those three things named is still important to what our home practice looks like, though the “other regular worship” I would say should now be Full Moon rites, held as feasts, as opposed to a weekly household rite. There should also be seasonal celebrations held at home in addition to at the Grove, for hearth worship should be the focus of our spiritual lives.

For a time, I thought that Grove and group worship was the most important aspect of my spirituality, but I was wrong. It is our personal and home worship which should remain the most steadfast and supportive – for me at least. Your experience may differ, of course, but for me, the reliance on others to provide what I need spiritually is an error. For you, and for others, attendance at group worship may be all you need, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

So with that realization, I turn back towards the hearth to find comfort in its warming glow. Our meal prayer has remained consistent for years, and even if I do not perform any other devotions that day, the meal prayer remains a pause in time to reconnect with the Earth Mother and the cycle of things.

Now, if I were to outline our hearth-centred practice, I would say that it would contain

  • daily devotions, performed on behalf of the household by myself;
  • daily meal prayers, to give thanks to the Earth;
  • regular seasonal and lunar worship feasts;
  • seasonal activities, not necessarily religious, but important for immersion;
  • attendance at a Grove to connect with the wider community.

Over time, I will share some of this with you, my readers. It is my goal to live a devoted life, as best I can, as a wife, mother, and Priest. Please come along with me.

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  1. Home is where the foundations of life are established and maintained. It’s intresting that your practice looks very much like mine. With mental illness and life also stepping in to provide lessons on being self-compassionate to my internal perfectionists demand.

    If we look at children it is the hearth where the first lessons in being an effective member of a community are learned. The most simple community is the familial. To me this plays into the same importance of hearth and home practice to being at the heart of my spiritual journey.

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