I am a long-time member of the now displaced e-Sangha and a long time Buddhist student and practitioner.
My inclination has always been toward the Theravada: that is to say, I am a Theravada Buddhist, but I do integrate certain practices or perspectives from other schools as they are compatible with the Nikayas.
I have recently gotten involved with a germinating Zendo in my home city which has never seen a Buddhist presence prior. I am practicing sitting meditation with them and just trying to help them along any way I can. Their (I say their as if there were more than the founding High Priest) [their] presence has made me aware of my own lack of a daily practice.
I would like to establish a daily practice for myself. Presently, I make small offerings at my shrine and tend it but I do not have a practice. Chanting would work, but I have not found that the practice speaks to me in a meaningful way unless in a group. Offerings work but I have trouble becoming as involved as I should. Mantras would work, although it's not very Theravada, as would mala--but I do not know how to really use them.
Essentially, I am a reasonably learned and devoted Buddhist with a strong practice in mindfulness (that is to say, I try often and fail just as often), but I have NO devotional practice. Nor can I find a way of making devotional practices meaningful or internally involving; they seem hallow.
Can anyone offer guidance in making devotional exercises involving and meaningful? It's not lack of trying, or wanting, but it just doesn't seem to happen.