Prayer, or norito (祝詞) is a central and important part of the Shinto faith. To an outsider, Shinto prayer most likely seems highly ritualised and even a bit 'stiff', but as you'll find out, there is a meaning for every action. This post aims to talk about what Shinto prayer is, what it looks like… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 3: Prayer in Shinto
In my last post I talked about what prayer is through various definitions that I hope broadened the understanding of those curious. Today I continue this series and talk a little about examples of prayer Modern Paganiso. This post will focus primarily on the practical aspect of prayer as I believe everyone's spiritual experience is… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 2: Prayer in Modern Paganism
I get a lot of emails asking me how I pray, what is prayer and asking for general advice on how to pray and practices associated with it. I decided to write this series of posts to hopefully answer these questions, though I must state that prayer is very individual and means very different things… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 1: What Is Prayer?
Being a human in a modern society can often be a stressful and taxing endeavor. Our commitment to our work and social lives can result in very little time for ourselves and our relationships to kami. In Shinto it is customary for us to pray and be thankful for our blessings daily and some of… Continue reading Our Parent Inari-Ōkamisama
The past week has been a blur. Although I didn't have much on, I was constantly exhausted from chronic pain and it disturbed most my sleep. As a Shintoist, I usually pray at the kamidana at least once a day, usually in the mornings. This week I found myself forgetting to on two days and… Continue reading The Energy for Prayer: Formal vs Informal
Waking up at dawn, heading down to your local Shinto shrine and praying to the enshrined kami before starting your day, that's the dream, right? Unfortunately for many Shinto practitioners this is not an option. We are outside of Japan, or situated somewhere far away from any kind of Shinto shrine or retreat, sometimes even… Continue reading Finding Time For Prayer
Recently I read a particularly inspiring post called 'Devotional tips for those with chronic illnesses and limited energy' by Michelle at Northern Tamarisk. It really helped me remember that I am certainly not alone with chronic illness and it also encouraged me to write about my own illnesses and how I deal with it interfering with my… Continue reading My Faith and Chronic Illness