In olden times, there were people who wouldn’t eat or drink anything before worshiping the God. I find the thought behind such a practice very fascinating.
All the members of the family would rise early and get busy in their routine responsibilities. Ladies would fetch water, start prepping food and look after children. Gentlemen would clean the yard, water the plants, milk the animals. After getting done with it, the head of the family would bathe and go to the yard for picking flowers. While doing that he would be sun kissed. Stroll in the garden early in the morning would automatically connect him to nature.
Pooja/worship would start with bathing tiny idols of God and Goddess with lukewarm water and would be kept back at appropriate places. Idols would be applied sandalwood paste and the environment would become fragrant.
This whole experience soothes you and ensure you of ‘His’ existence. Ensures you that He is around you, watching over you. The practice stimulates all your senses and makes you one with the presence. The chants promote concentration and promise peace of mind. The rituals make you more mindful, empathetic and forgiving. One starts to forget himself/herself and feels embraced by the positivity. It teaches you to see within yourself and establish oneness with ‘Him’.
Worship isn’t about physical aspects, the idols, the offerings.. it’s about you getting connected fully to your inner self and taking a pause for perspective. It’s about making yourself ready for the day and eliciting best of self without falling prey to unhealthy emotions. If looked at it from this perspective, worship is indeed a meditation.