Although I’d love it if all magical folk everywhere had all the time in the world to soak in herbal baths, walk barefoot in meadows, and whip up sweet, chocolaty love potions for our partners, the fact is that many of us seem to have a lot to do, a lot of the time. But that doesn’t mean that we have to forsake our magic for our everyday activites! Quite the contrary! Our everyday activities can be the magic.
To illustrate, here are five ways you can fit magic into your (possibly very busy) life. Try these ones, or use them as inspiration for discovering your own.
Do you drink coffee or tea in the morning? Possibly while watching the news or looking at facebook? How about waiting just a bit on the electronic devices, brewing up your beverage, lighting a white candle and facing east while you sit quietly and connect with the magical energies of the Universe? Drink mindfully and focus on the silence and the space between. Let this be a time of emptying out and connecting with the underlying stillness before you go forth into the noise and busy-ness of your day. Let it be a time of listening to the Divine, rather than speaking. (If you have a few extra minutes, you can also take this time to notice the astrological influences of the day, to record your dreams, and/or to write your intentions for the day.) You’ll find that even five minutes of this will turn up the volume on your intuition, calm and focus your mind, and soothe stress throughout the day.
Whether you’re watering indoor or outdoor plants, communicating with them lovingly can tune you into your intuition and magical power while channeling the unique metaphysical talents of your plants for the benefit of your household. For example, I have two confederate jasmine plants climbing over the windows in the front of my apartment. As I water them, I might offer the water as a gift of love and a divine exchange of energy as I think, “Thank you for bringing beauty and sweetness to our home and to our lives.” Then, as I water a cascading, hanging ivy plant outside my door, I might think, “Thank you for powerfully protecting and guarding our home, and insuring that only positivity and positive intentions may enter.”
3. Make Your Everyday Beverages into Potions.
Transforming a cup of chocolate mint truffle tea (for example) into a sensuality and wealth potion can be as simple as holding the prepared cup of tea in both hands and visualizing very bright, golden white light filling and surround it. To set the clear intention and summon divine help in infusing your potion with your chosen essences, you might then think, “Goddess Lakshmi, I call on you to infuse this potion with your sensual, luxurious, wealth-drawing energy. Thank you.” Even your water can become a potion with a few drops of a flower essence or gem elixir, or simply a visualization and/or invocation. You might envision green light filling and surrounding your water for healing and heart-opening, blue light for peace, pink light for love, or indigo light for intuition and protection. (Obviously, the sky is the limit.)
Instead of waiting in line at the bank, or sitting in traffic, or waiting for your partner to finally be ready to go, connect with the space between things. What I mean is, when we “wait,” we’re essentially downplaying our present experience because it’s not filled with some particular experience that we’re hoping will be in our immediate future. But just like we must exhale to inhale, we must have spaces between, and we must honor those spaces, if we’re going to enjoy the things/qualities/conditions that appear at the end of them. So instead of thinking, “As soon as ___ happens, then I can finally ____,” we might consciously connect with the infinity of the sky and the silence between the sounds. Reaching our consciousness into this endless space, we connect with the wisdom of the cosmos. We merge our energy with the truth of connection rather than separation. And we enhance our intuition, soothe stress, and magnify our magical power.
5. End Your Day with (At Least) Five Magical Minutes.
Just as the morning can be an excellent time to connect with stillness and align with your most ideal magical mindset for the day ahead of you, the evening can be a great time to reflect and give thanks. Perhaps prepare a relaxing cup of chamomile or red tea, light a candle, and think about all that you’ve accomplished today. If you notice mistakes that you’ve made, forgive yourself for them and imagine releasing them into a cauldron of light, where they are transformed into positive lessons and love.
…As you can see, it’s not about carving out more time – it’s about using the time that you do have and working within what you’re already doing. When we get in the habit of living magically every moment of every day (or at least a lot of moments of a lot of days), our life blossoms. Problems transform into opportunities. Challenges transform into opportunities to grow. And the “so-busy-I-can’t-think-straight” phenomenon slowly erodes away until magic rules the day.