After my recent monastery trip I've been inspired once again to come up with some kind of spiritual time table. This is something that I have talked about before on a bigger scale and have tried on a smaller scale but never with much success. I was hoping Christine Sine's book Sacred rhythms would help but I found it a little too much "Why having rhythms in your life is a good thing" and not enough "here's how you do it".
My initial idea is to start with the following...
- Morning Prayer: Around breakfast I'll pray for the following...
Monday: Creation, Tuesday: The World, Wednesday: My Country / Community, Thursday: My Friends, Friday: My Family, Saturday: My Wife, Sunday: Me
- Listen to the Bible in the car on the way to work (half hour each day)
- Read Richard Rohr's reflection every weekday afternoon
- Every Second Sunday go to church, Every other Sunday do a church at home thing.
On top of this I'll spend only a set amount of time blogging, emailing and computing, playing music, running, doing house & garden stuff and doing church stuff. At different times in the past I have over looked or over committed time to each of these areas, and as my work time table tends to change each week (making a timetable impossible to keep) I'm going to try this for a while. This deliberately doesn't include family time (as well as other things) as that is something that I don't want to put limits on. The things in the list are things that I have trouble spending too much or not enough time on, hence the need to get into some kind of discipline with.
It's only a start at this stage and I'm keen to build on it not only with daily stuff but hopefully with rhythms covering the whole year. At Advent (before Christmas) and Lent (before Easter) I'm thinking of only eating non processed foods.