One of the themes of my blog is on the importance of recognizing that there is no distinction between magick and living, that the very act of living is magickal in itself. Be that as it may, it's very easy to forget this. A few weeks ago I covered 3 Simple Ways to Make your Life More Magickal, I offer now 3 more simple little things that we can all do that greatly increase our awareness of the magick in our lives and increase the flow of energy around us.
Allow yourself to be open to new possibilities. If we close ourselves off to the possibility of new things happening, then they simply just won't happen. We close ourselves off to the Universe being active within our lives, creating stagnation, stress, and disharmony. But, allowing for spontaneity and the unexpected lets the energy in our lives move freely.
Count your blessings. Understandably, this can be really difficult at times. Things don't often go as planned, and many of us (myself included,) try as we may, have been having a very difficult go. But this is exactly why this point is so important. I'm not sure if it's due to our culture or some sort of genetic flaw, but people have a tendency to focus on the negative more than the positive. If you were to describe what happened to you today, which would you be more likely to mention first, the beautiful sunrise you saw on your way to work, or the lady who cut you off?
The importance of changing our mindset and focusing on the good things in our life (no matter how small) comes down to one fundamental point. Call it the Law of Attraction (like and like attract: so if you focus on the positive, more is apt to come your way, thus creating a pattern of energy flow that only allows for more positivity to come your way,) but in even simpler terms, unless we show our appreciation, sincerely express our gratitude for everything in our lives that we are thankful for, how is the Universe to know to bring us more of the same? (And how are we to create any sort of change within our lives, change for the better, if we have our entire selves focused only on that which we don't like. Make the good things in your life a priority.)
Recognize the sacred in your life -and make room for it in your life! This isn't nearly as complicated as it sounds, I promise. It's actually as simple as breathing, which is a great example. There's a reason that the word for breath and spirit are the same in several languages. With every in-breath, we take a small part of something so great, so vast inside of ourselves, assimilating it, and using it for our very survival. It's an autonomic action, done without thought. But attach thought to it. Our lives are controlled by our breath: slow your breathing and you reduce your heart rate, you release stress and allow yourself to be calm. Breath faster, and the energy within you builds and you become more alert. The start of life and the end of life are measured by breath, be it the first breath present in a newborn's cry or the last breath ever taken.
Continue this approach to other aspects of your life. A simple acknowledgment of the sacredness of life is enough, but, if you like, you can take it further with formal recognition (which is the basis for religious expression.) This, too, needn't be overly extravagant, as it's often the simple things that hold the most meaning. One can celebrate the changing of the seasons, a very sacred and continual occurrence, with elaborate ritual and feasting, or one can walk outdoors, breath the air and simply feel those changing energies. Either is appropriate and both can be meaningful acknowledgments of that sacred time.
Throwing the Bones