So much of what we do in our lives is simply for the sake of doing, just trying to get from one end of the day, to the other. We have our waking up routines, our preparation for the day, our working routines, we have our eating routines, winding down the day, and countless other mundane (non-spiritual) tasks that fill our days, and our lives.
While setting aside time for meditation, ritual and magic is a important and fulfilling activity; we have to admit that it only takes up a very small space in the course of our day. There has to be a better way to unite the two worlds, and thus infuse our mundane existences with meaning and magick. A way to more fully integrate our mystical life with our mundane. So we can fully honor and utilise these areas of our life to live more awakened and fully activated lives.
This has become a mission of sorts for me. Over the years I have searched for ways to do just that. I have read many books, watched and studied other cultures’ traditions, and also examined my own life for the answers to this quest. I have experimented with different practices, exercises and activities; and while many have worked for me, some have not. I seek to live a more fully integrated and meaningful existence; and in that process, the teacher in me, has sought to share my findings and successes with others on this path. You could say that, I seek to live a more enchanted life, both in and out of the Magick Circle.
Here are two exercises that I have found to be invaluable in opening the door to doing just that. I will share these with you, and in the future I will add others that follow this theme. I urge you to attempt them and alter them to fit your life as you see fit.
Activity 1:1 ~ Improving The Awareness Of The Moment
For this activity, you need about an hour where you can devote yourself to this activity with no distractions or interruptions. Once the timer is set; go about your normal activities for that period of the day. But instead of just going through the motions; observe, ask yourself some questions, and if you like, take the time to record the conclusions in your journal or BOS. (optional) There are many more questions that you can add to these. I just put a few to get you started.
* In what direction are you moving?
*What is your personal ritual for this part of the day?
*What, of that ritual, empowers you or improves your outlook?
*Are you doing anything destructive or unproductive that could be changed?
*How do you feel?
*How is your breathing? Is it deep and connected, or hurried?
*What items in your environment catch your eye regularly? Are they things that uplift and celebrate your path?
Basically, I am asking you to pay attention to everything; all of the nuances. The way you sit, stand, how you interact with your environment, and how these things affect you. If you repeat this activity in various locations and times, once a day, for a period of weeks or months; your awareness of the moment will improve. As it does, you will be able to make better use of any transitional moments by adding magical and spiritual techniques into the equation.
Activity 1:2 ~ Bringing Magick Into Mundania
*Make a list of 10 things very that you have to do daily or weekly. In other words: things that you don’t think of as remotely spiritual. Leave yourself a lot of free room in between each one, possibly even use one page for each one.
*Once a day during the next 10 days, take one of those items at random when you have 20-30 minutes to ponder it.
*Think about what each activity might symbolize on a metaphysical level.
(For example, brushing my teeth equates to “clean”, clear communications- the purity and power of words.)
*Now think of how you might apply some intention and magick into that symbolic act. Use your daily tasks as a springboard for more ways to infuse your life with spiritual meaning.
(Example: When I take a shower, I use a cleansing aura meditation in combination with the physical act of cleansing. When I braid my daughter’s or my hair in the morning, I say a protective or empowering affirmation with each plait of the braid. On my morning walk, I chant mantras in my head with each step. I use achieving ones one way, and change them to releasing ones on the way back. The list goes on, but you get the idea.)
Do you see how this activity takes an everyday action and turns it into a productive, spiritual one? If you follow through with all 10 actions on your list, and thoughtfully apply this to other ones; you will find that your life transforms in very real and exciting ways. You will find yourself approaching old and new tasks alike, with a creative and spiritual eye that appreciates the potential for magic. This is one very real way to bring magical and spiritual meaning and power into mundane moments. I hope that these activites and excersises are helpful in stimulating you to create more meaningful experiences in your mundane life. :)