Need to Reconnect with your Inner Witch?
Have you ever found yourself feeling disconnected and out of sorts? Has life ever gotten in the way of your craft? Even if you’ve been practicing for years, it can still happen to you. How do I know this? Because it has recently happened to me! I have spent most of the past several months in a new teaching job, and while it has been unbelievably rewarding, it has also been quite time-consuming. The more life got in my way, the more I internalized my practice. I haven’t been writing, keeping up with my altar, celebrating the Sabbats, doing any full moon rituals…sound familiar? If so, let’s go over some ideas to get you back on track and reconnected.
If you’ve read any of my previous writing (or if you’re a pre-cog) you know what the first step is going to be: MEDITATION. Did you get it right? Now I don’t mean you have to follow a regimen like the Dalai Lama’s (3 ½ hours of meditation before he starts his day, every day), but you do have to give yourself time to breathe. This was one of the first things to go when things got busy for me, but it’s also one of the easiest to get back. How, you ask? You take showers, right? I’m guessing you’ve been doing it most of your life, so it should be pretty automatic (as in you don’t have to really think about it…you could do it in your sleep lol). Why not get connected and “wash off” anything disturbing your calm while you’re in the tub? Simply start with several deep cleansing breaths – no soap needed. I like to do the whole “toes in the earth fingers in the stars” kind of imagery but do what works for you. If you’re feeling particularly stressed, “breathe” in the water and let it flow through you, taking your stressors with it. By the time you get out of the shower, you should be feeling a lot calmer and more connected.
Another way to feel more connected to your craft is simply to go outside. Again, it doesn’t have to be some kind of pilgrimage, though that can be nice, too. When things get too disconnected, I go to my sacred spot, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes, and BREATHE. I’m always amazed at just how much breathing in the sacred can bring me back to center. I can feel your questions: what if my sacred spot is too far away…what if I don’t have one…ANYTHING you do outside can help bring you back into balance. Plant something in your yard or in pots – they key here is to get your hands in the dirt. Fill some bird feeders so that you can sit and watch the birds when they come. You can even do something as simple as walking barefoot in the grass or touching a tree; try sending some energy into the earth around you (healing) and see what that does for your balance!
The last idea I want to talk about is spending time with like-minded individuals. Whether you have witchy friends in person or online, give yourself time to reconnect with them. Doing so will lift your spirits, recharge your batteries, and help you remember why you chose to incarnate in this turn of the wheel. Carve out a little time to spend with those who truly appreciate a good cackle and you may find that you’ve got your cackle back!
Remember, life happens…and sometimes life can get in the way of what we do but never who we are. When life gets busy, don’t beat yourself up because you’re not spending every moment of your life doing witchy things. Instead, find some easy and quick ways to stay connected so that you can focus on BEING witchy. When you can do this, you’ll be surprised how fast you start “itchin’ for some witchin’!” and find yourself back on track.