I have a crazy busy household-4 kids, 3 dogs (one of which is a puppy), and some rescue birds. There is no such thing as privacy-my kids follow me wherever I go, and they are typically followed in short order by my large dog, who is playing with the puppy. NONE of this is quiet, and I function pretty well with the chaos that is my home. Actually, while I was leading Daily Devotional on Second Life, which consists of delivering the Charge of the Goddess in voice, my teacher was amazed that I could completely focus with the insanity in the background (and I was also told that background noise needs to be diminished, understandably, since I’m leading a religious service). As a matter of fact, right now, I’ve got the tv going for the baby, and my youngest boy is not cooperating with my desire for him to communicate at a lower decibel 😛
Anyways, the point of this is that it is pretty much impossible for me to find silent, uninterrupted time for ritual. Not to mention that I don’t have the ability to set a table up in the middle of a room to properly cast a circle. Because of this, I haven’t done my own rituals nearly as often as I should. I was recently over a friend’s house, and he has his altar set up in his bedroom. While we were talking about some issues I was having, he abruptly got up and started a ritual, doing it all at his altar. He doesn’t do a circle, as his style is different, but it was a beautiful and very powerful thing. He held a mojo bag to my forehead for a few moments, and I felt like I was going to drop. I didn’t find out until after he was done (and asked me about it, because he noticed I kind of slumped) that it was filled with vetivert, which explained that!
I found his way of doing ritual absolutely brilliant!
Instead of rearranging my living room to do a ritual and cast a circle, I could just do it all from my altar! I still call the quarters and all, but the candles are at their respective places on the altar itself (which consists of a long bureau), and I can do all this in my own little world, even with the chaos going on around me–unless I’m bashed into by a 70lb dog, anyways!
I honestly can’t even believe that I never thought of doing it that way-most often the best solutions are the simplest, and it works really well for me. Instead of walking the circumference of a circle with my athame, I just hold it up and visualize the energy shooting up, and settling around my workspace.
It really reminds me of an article I read on doing mini-meditation sessions if you can’t find the time to devote 30 minutes to an hour on it. Just focusing on 10 breaths or so, to fit it in.
Simplicity is Brilliance!
If you have a busy household, how do you make things work for you?