Substitutes for Religious Practices (1)
Why wait for religions to decline more ? Why not start thinking hard to start finding alternatives to religious practice? Such a happening may encourage more people to convert to our way of thinking. An important point is to realise that there must have been a human need for each practice and we as non religionists should not contemplate leaving a hole in anyones’ life. Some will be relatively easy. Hymns just need their words changing [start with the favourite tunes] to relate to words of purely non religious experiences avoiding worship and promises that cannot be fulfilled or wishful thinking. Not that I have this skill - but songwriters of the world - now is your chance of fame.
The challenge for this posting is to find something to substitute for prayer - instead of asking for a favour from a thing which does not exist, devise a mental activity that would actually improve someone’s real life especially in times of trouble.
My suggestion would be to mentally devise a plan that would show that you are acting as friend and using what positive things you know about your friend or acquaintance . Plan how to communicate it effectively and with compassion.