Extra Tips for Daily Practice
I’ve been practicing for 12 years and one of my hardest hurdles to jump over was creating a daily practice that worked no matter what direction my path took and wasn’t too time consuming.
While it’s amazing to have hours every day to “get your witch on,” most of us don’t have that time.
If you’re like me and need quick, easy things to do that will make you feel more connected to the Divine, then this list is for you!
Chat with Spirit During Mundane Tasks.
It's when I'm doing the least "witchy" thing that I have some of the best conversations. I chat with Lugh while loading the washer. My spirit companions help me cook. My astral Husband hangs out with me as I'm diving into Animal Crossing as our daughter plays at my feet. All these tiny little things (that you usually do anyway) can be some of the most moving experiences as long as you take time to connect. Cooking, cleaning, reading, watching tv, gaming, listening to music - all of it can become a spiritual experience.
Think to the Spirit. This goes along with the one above it. Some of you might be shaking your head saying “I can’t talk aloud to them, folks will think I’m crazy.” So, what to do when you don’t live alone and aren’t out of the “broom closet” or you don’t have as much privacy as you’d like to speak aloud?
That’s when you can think to them. Our thoughts are energy vibrations, just like our words are. If you focus your thoughts to the Divine they will hear you. I do this when I’m in the shower and don't have energy to speak aloud yet, driving with someone else in the car but we’ve got music on and aren’t having a conversation, or when I’m at work. I’ve recently started doing this more often and I feel a million times better.
Use Your Time Wisely. I’m not here to lecture you about getting work done instead of staring at pictures of cats (unless you want me to), or about spending too much time on Pinterest; don’t worry – look at all the cute kitties that you want, I won’t tell. BUT, we should use the small bursts of time that we have wisely. There are few different things you can do during those few minutes that we all catch here and there.
Before you’re fully awake you should meditate. You know that moment that you’re out of sleep, but you haven’t opened your eyes for the first time? It’s usually when you’re near tears because you don’t want to wake up and you’re begging the alarm clock to go back five more minutes. No? Just me? Oh well. Use these few moments to have a quick meditation. If you're not up for a full meditation, use this time to give a little ping to your Spirit Crew. I usually see what's going on in the Astral with my family and companions and give everyone a good morning.
On your way to the bathroom in the morning, carry on that conversation. Go over what you need to do during the day and ask for signs to help you receive messages you might need.
I shower every morning and I make sure to use this time to practice some visualization. Picture your shower as an energy cleansing waterfall. You’ll feel clean physically and spiritually, trust me.
If you have a morning coffee or tea imbue that with good vibes. If you picture your cup filled to the brim with good things and then drink that your day will be much smoother.
Every time you use keys (which is quite a lot, if you think about it) imagine you’re opening new doors for new opportunities. Every time I lock the door or start the car I imagine that I’m twisting the key in new doors that are offering me brand new opportunities and paths that I wasn’t aware of before.
Imbue your food with good energy. Every time I sit down for a meal, I make sure to give a quick mental thanks to the folks who worked hard for farming, to the animals and plants for their bodies being given for me, and for my Gods for providing. I also do the coffee thing – visualize your food is filled with good energy to get you through the day. It makes that quick granola bar on lunch break taste way better. Also do this whenever you cook, if you can remember.
Use your cooking utensils like a wand. When you’re stirring, cutting, flipping your food, imagine energy travelling from the Earth, through the soles of your feet, up through your body and down your arm into the utensil.
Light a Candle Before You Go To Bed. Before you go to bed, or while you’re watching T.V. for the night and unwinding, light a candle even if it’s just a tea light. Candles set a nice ambiance and I like to think of it as a beacon for my guide to come to me. Lighting a candle allows me to make a tiny spiritual space wherever I am. This is especially helpful if you’re looking for signs from the Universe. Lighting a candle allows you to be a beacon for the Universe to send your answers to.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up. This is one of the hardest for me. I try to do as many of these things in a day as I can, but I do forget to do some, or all of these, if my day is especially hectic. Don’t freak over it. Forgive yourself and try to make a mental note for the next opportunity to connect. Adding just one of these things to your day may help you. Baby steps. You’re building a practice that you want to come to you second nature – so if some of these don’t work, play around with what does work. Remember everyone is different and every path is different.
I hope some of these tips help! Do you have any little tips and tricks that allow you to make for a daily practice that allows you to connect to the Divine? Share in the comments, I’d love to hear what you do and try to incorporate them into my practice!