3 Tips for Newbies
I thought it might be nice to make a post to the newbies out there. Those who are new to my world of Paganism, witchcraft, self-care, boundary work, Shadow Work.
It can be entirely overwhelming so I thought it might be nice to make a post giving a few tips and guidelines as you navigate this vast, and rewarding, space.
Slow down. Looking at the sheer vastness of the information that's available on any given topic it's really easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of trying to devour every resource you can find, take a second and slow down. Write out a list of your objectives or what you want/need to accomplish. Then pick one of those and dive deeper. Gather resources, and read everything - even this list - with a grain of salt. Growing your critical thinking skills is going to be very useful as a lot of the information out there is either problematic, semi-problematic, or will not resonate with you.
Get out into nature. If you're able to, I am a huge advocate for getting out into nature and connecting with the Earth and especially trees. Even if you don't "do" anything spiritual, it's been scientifically proven that just being around trees is good for health both physical and mental. (Shinrin-yoku "forest-bathing") is popular in Japan for a reason!) All these benefits can only help your work in other areas of your life!
Keep a Journal.
I cannot stress this enough. You're going to want to keep the notes from your meditation. Please trust me on this one. I WISH I had had some notes to things that I've experienced, but at first thought were too small to write down. I found some notes from meditations I've done in 2011-2012 and they have been SO helpful in my past life regression work that I've been diving deeper into - now in 2021.
The notes you write or type up might not seem to make much sense in the moment, or might not be the most helpful, but in my experience (and many others I've spoken with) they almost always seem to have a way of circling back around to being a missing piece to unlocking something.
Plus, it's nice to be able to look back and see how far you've come, how much you've grown, how your opinions have (or haven't) changed. Keep notes! Even if it's just a few words written in Notion, or Google Docs, please keep notes.
Which "tip" do you think you'd need the most practice with? I still struggle with keeping notes so that'd be the one I need to revisit! I hope these help! <3