July 8th, 2004
|03:10 pm - New Essay|
Just posted this to Dedicants, but I also want a broader, more personal set of responses to this essay:
Creating the Desire for Worship
Let me know what you think, please. I'd like to clean it up for Oak Leaves.
Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: "My Lovely Lady", -JB
I like it.
Though, I wonder about forming habits. Doing something until it's so a part of your routine that it feel weird to not do it. Thus, you desire to do it.
Another group (non-pagan) I belong to exposes the belief that if you do something for 28 days, it becomes a habit and then you will continue to do it. Certainly humans are creatures of habit.
I don't know if your article is only about starting something. But I often find it's easy to start something, it's the continuing that's hard to do. I'll have the desire to do X, so I do X, it sates the desire and then I stop. Days/weeks/months later I'll have the desire to do X again, do it, sate the desire and repeat the whole sequence again.
Hmm. I suppose one must keep the desire up. Interestingly, Twain does talk about breaking habits. Claims it's terribly easy to do.
Yes it can be easy to break habits. Especially new ones. I suppose that's why I wondered about stimulating desire on an ongoing basis.
In my mind, after many (we won't say how many) years of getting up, getting dressed, and brushing my teeth ... it's such a habit that if I don't do it, there's a discomfort associated with it. So I do it out of a desire to be comfortable.
I used to go shoeless when I was at home. Then I was home full time with my kids, shoeless all the time, and the callouses on my feet started cracking until they were painful. At first, wearing shoes felt awful, constrictive, "not right" to wear inside at home. But now, after consciously putting them on each day for a year (to avoid pain, yes), it feels desirable to wear them.
So, in my mind, I need to somehow make devotions & meditation like wearing shoes. At first, strange to do because of the change in routine. But eventually, so natural and comfortable that I desire to continue & stopping is undesirable.
Hopefully that's making sense. Bottomline, your essay is great for starting but doesn't really address maintaining.
*grins* I'll have to see what Twain has to say about maintaining. You are definitely right.
Hmm. . . More work to be done :)