Hi all, I hope you're having a good day?
So this is something that has been on my mind a lot recently. Although I have a good idea why one might make offerings, I've been finding lately that doing regular formal(ish) offerings has been making what should be a sacred act feel like a chore. I try to make an offering to the God and the Goddess every week, and an offering to the spirits at the change of the month, but I feel as if this has become something empty of meaning because I've made it something I have
to do, not something i genuinely want to. That's not to say I'm not grateful to my gods, or want to show my gratitude, but this way of going about it seems to have removed something sacred since it requires preparation and seems to create tension for me. At the same time, I don't want to seem disrespectful by just dropping an offering off in the woods without ritual, because I'm really unsure about what is and isn't respectful (I use this word lightly, though, because I know how vague it is and how what is good for one being may not be for another).
With this is mind, I have begun to wonder why we even make offerings in the first place, and from a pantheistic perspective, why everything that is selfless and good that we do in the world cannot be considered an offering to the One divine?
I hope to cause no offence, and ask these questions in honesty and earnest, so I hope I don't come across as rude or disrespectful. Any and all replies will be greatly appreciated!
Blessed Be Update:
It should be noted that by "dropping an offering off in the woods" I mean making an more informal offering in a public area - as tourists and even locals sometimes come to visit the nearby woodlands, I would be unable to stop for long or make larger offerings unless I found a secluded or quieter area to do so. While not much would change, in theory, there would be the need to consider other people using the area. Additionally, although I have a more informal relationship with deity (or have been encourage to, according to perceived messages through self-performed tarot readings) I'm unsure about informal worship and offerings as I am fairly new to my path.