Today, the phrase ‘live in the present’ means waking up to dress for work, snaking our way into crowded train stations, working our ass off all day to earn money, hurrying home to sleep off the exhaustion. And before we even know it, another day has passed and then another and I wonder if we even wonder where were those hours spent. Everyday, we follow stringently a routine that sometimes we even forget that we ever did a particular act that is part of that routine. Have you ever experienced not remembering brushing your teeth even if you actually brushed before leaving the house? Well probably you were brushing while reading the newspapers, or washing the dishes, or doing something that made your brain forget that you were actually brushing your teeth. This happens all the time when you get caught in the bedlam of the ‘present’. When I get too immersed in my studies and school life, I usually feel tired but restless and I would know that something is off the balance. It’s as if my soul is screaming for me to quench its thirst for silence and mystic knowledge. Though I would love to have respite or do wiccan rituals instead for they are a great way of emotional and spiritual cleansing, sometimes it is impossible to escape the inexorable pressure in medical school. But then I would pause and still my mind, drift away from textbooks and handouts, close my eyes and breathe deeply and envision myself in blackness or in the center of the wide kaleidoscopic universe. When I get back to reality, I would usually feel better and refreshed. The trick is being aware, having that consciousness that would shaken you when you are too absorbed in your earthly life. Since I cannot often do elaborate rituals for many reasons, I have developed this habit of ‘shifting my consciousness’ while doing my daily routine. I suggest you try it too, you’ll lose nothing. Every time i feel like the mundanity of daily living is taking over and I hear that portentous voice behind my head telling me to do something or else I’ll drown, I would nudge myself, though difficult, into being conscious of every thing I do in my routine. I put my mind into every action so I am aware of what I am doing, what I am holding in my hand. This may sound and feel insane at first, even awkward, so its okay to laugh at yourself but don’t stop, just do it anyway. For example, when waking up in the morning, don’t get up right away. First, get the feel of where you are, feel the sun’s warmth on your face or listen to your surroundings stirring to the call of the dawn. Smile and be thankful for the chance to live another day. When brushing your teeth, be aware of the bristles brushing against your gums and teeth, direct your energy into your toothbrush somehow like telling it or commanding it to clean your teeth to keep them healthy. When eating (our favorite chore), try to do it slowly and focus on the flavors and textures playing in your mouth. Close your eyes while chewing and imagine how the food has reached your table. From a grain beneath the ground it had touched the fertile energy of the earth and then it received the sun’s heat. It was nourished by the four elements, earth, water, fire and air, and was cared and loved by the hands of the farmers who grew it. Be thankful to them and the elements and as you swallow and digest your food imagine your body receiving the same nourishment and care and love as received by the grain. You’ll feel more satiated with every spoon if you do this. Even in a simple task such as washing your face or bathing your body, imagine the water glowing and cleansing your skin and spirit. The element of Water is well known for its cleansing properties in mystic traditions, use it to rid of your physical dirt and also of your negative emotions. As you practice this to yourself, you can also send your positive vibes to others. When giving something to a friend or a beggar for example, hold your gift and imagine it surrounded by white light and say aloud or on your mind a positive feeling you would like to wish for that person. Be sure that you feel positive yourself before sending out the energy and say something like ‘May this food nourish your body’ when giving a sandwich to a street child or ‘May you always be surrounded with love’ when giving a necklace to a friend. By this means, you are ‘blessing’ that person and though it might not be obvious you are actually sending some positive energy into that person’s life and adding to yours. This may sound weird or preposterous but you are actually doing what we call ‘magick’ without realizing it (just like blowing candles on birthday cakes after a wish, a very ancient candle magick), for you are already dealing with energies around you. Be reminded though: 1. Every action, every uttered word, every unspoken thought is still energy and so it can affect your surroundings; 2. Don’t send negative energy intended to harm anyone, it’s not blessing anymore it’s cursing; 3. Work with the natural forces around you to magnify the effects of your energy. During waxing moon, use your energy to build, to nourish, to complete, to flourish. During waning moon, put your intentions into banishing the negative, closing old wounds, ridding yourself of a bad habit, or ending something. For example when washing in a waxing moon imagine the water rejuvenating every cell of your body and imagine it taking away all the dirt and negative emotions if in a waning moon. Being mindful of everything you do fills your life with meaning and you will start to appreciate simple things in life that money could not buy. Go and live using all your senses, feeling the energies that flow around and within your body and tap into the Universal force to your own advantage!
I bless you and may you use the power of your intentions wisely! 🙂
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