This is another suggestion from a friend, but one I was very interested in writing. My spiritual practice is a priority, but not the priority. I work full-time, have three needy pets, and have an active (sometimes too active) social life. For me, incorporating spirituality in throughout my day is the only way I can make it work. Below are a few ideas that I use that you may find useful.
- Daily practice
For me, the best incorporation of my spiritual practice into my daily life is to set aside time each day for spiritual practice. Each morning, after tending to my pets, I sit before my altar and run through a few practices. Not only does this help me with a steady spiritual practice, but it starts my day off on a positive note.
For me, this has been a bit easier since I am studying with an established tradition that has a set agenda of daily practices. If you are practicing within an established tradition, look to the rituals and practices from that tradition for ideas of what you can do daily. If you are not, consider what is most important about your practice. Don’t be afraid to play around with the structure of your daily practice until you find a routine that works for you.
- Daily divination
This could be included as part of your daily practice or be completely separate. Any divinatory method will work. You can pull a daily Tarot or oracle card, pull a rune, or even interpret shapes in the grounds of your daily cup of coffee.
The intention for the reading can be flexible. You can ask for a sneak peek about how your day will go, ask what lessons you should focus on learning or any other questions that strikes your fancy.
- Make use of everyday actions
Like the tagline of this blog says, borrowed from Donald Tyson, magic doesn’t have to be spectacular. You’d be surprised how many things you can turn into an intentional, magical ritual.
Taking out the trash, clipping your nails, doing dishes or laundry can be turned into a ritual to release unneeded energy. Cooking or eating can be turned into an act of transformation or gratitude. Even dressing with intention can become a magical act.
Using a magical eye, look at your daily activities to see how you can put them to use.
I know witches and other members of the New Age community usually fond of prayer. Maybe this stems from our experiences with the religions of our parents growing up; I don’t know. What I will say, is prayer is an easy way to connect with the Universe at any time. If you follow a deity, start to pray to them outside of ritual and your connection with them will no doubt strengthen. In fact, find a prayer to them from antiquity. It’s probably been a while since someone has said those words to them.
- Spend time outside
Look, I live in Ohio where we have three seasons; Volcanic Heat, Fall for one day, and Arctic Tundra. Getting outside is difficult, but not impossible. Spending time in nature helps us connect with the Universe on a visceral level. You’ll be surprised how the energy of a thunderstorm energizes, while a gentle rain washes away worry. Play with the elemental energy available to you right outside your front door. See how you can use them for daily magic.
Look. If you aren’t meditating, download Headspace or find a guided meditation on Youtube. You’re welcome.
- Choose your media
Another easy way to incorporate your spirituality into your day-to-day is to intentionally choose what media you are absorbing. There are several podcasts, books, Youtube channels, and such from which to choose.
That’s all I have for you at the moment. I’m sure there a ton of ideas that I missed. Maybe I’ll do a little more thinking and post a Part 2 of this post later on. If you have ideas about this or suggestions for future posts, let me know.