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How to Dispose of Offerings

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

The disposal of offerings depends on the specific cultural or religious practices you are following. Here are some general guidelines and how I personally handle offerings:

1. Research: If you are working within a specific tradition it is important to understand and follow the protocol for disposal of those offerings.

2. Natural Disposal: In many traditions, offerings are often disposed of in a natural and respectful manner. This can include burying them in the ground, placing them in flowing water like a river or ocean, or leaving them in a designated outdoor area.

3. Burning: In some cultures, offerings are burned as a way to release their spiritual essence. Make sure to do this in a safe and controlled environment, following any local regulations.

4. Returning to Nature: Offerings can also be returned to nature by scattering them in a forest, garden, or other natural spaces. This allows the elements to reclaim them.

5. Recycling: If the offerings are made of materials that can be recycled, such as paper or certain types of food containers, consider recycling them.

I, personally, dispose of offerings in one of two ways:

1. All food, beverages, flowers and other biodegradable offerings are composted. This can include the trash if you do not have a way to compost. I dispose of these items when they start to lose life. If I wouldn't eat it, I throw it away.

2. Most other objects can be left indefinitely on the altar and need not be disposed of.

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