Piddling as Spiritual Practice


pid·dle [pid-l]

verb (used without object), pid·dled, pid·dling.

1. to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way; dawdle (often followed by around ): He wasted the day piddling around.

2. Informal. (especially of children and pets) to urinate.

verb (used with object), pid·dled, pid·dling.

3. to waste (time, money, etc.); fail to utilize (usually followed by away).

From Wikipedia:

A spiritual practice or spiritual discipline (often including spiritual exercises) is the regular or full-time performance of actions and activities undertaken for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development. A common metaphor used in the spiritual traditions of the world’s great religions is that of walking a path. Therefore a spiritual practice moves a person along a path towards a goal. The goal is variously referred to as salvation, liberation or union (with God). A person who walks such a path is sometimes referred to as a wayfarer or a pilgrim.

From Huffpost:

Simply put, I define spiritual practice as something you do every single day that draws you deeper into who you really are by connecting you with your divine self.

According to Maggie Lyon’s Huffpost article, spiritual practice is less about the choice of activity and more about “the connective quality of the time spent.”  Spiritual practice might be writing letters, baking cakes, or sorting through the junk mail (contemplatively, of course).  The practice is supposed to be regular and repeated.

As summer nears, I finally have a little time to piddle around doing whatever the next best thing is.  I might chop some vegetables for dinner – or do that later.  I might play some music – or save that for another day.  It’s the space and time that feels so amazing.

Imagine a morning spiritual practice where the first priority is to piddle!

I’ll bet you’re practicing already.


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2 Responses to Piddling as Spiritual Practice

  1. Pat newton says:

    I piddle all the time, just didn’t know it until know.

  2. kccoo says:

    piddling around on wordpress this evening. I feel much more grounded now 🙂

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