Everyday Magic, Sacred Self Care

5 Simple Steps to Practice Everyday Magic

There is something so basic, yet so profound, about recognizing that magic happens in subtle ways every day around you. The cycles of the Moon, the flight of birds, the growth of new life; all these things pulse with the magical energy of the Universe.

Making your own magic doesn’t require fancy “spells” or tools or potions or equipment. Those are all props, to use or discard as you need. True magic starts with mindfulness and intention. It happens with staying rooted in your heart-center and expanding your awareness to the moment. It can be incorporated into your everyday routine.

  1. Start the morning right
    How is your morning routine? Do you open your eyes, grab your phone and start scrolling? Or do you take a moment to breathe in with gratitude and ground yourself with the promise of a new day? I’ll be honest, when my depression is gripping me, it’s all too easy to go with the first thought of “oh fuck, it’s time to get up” or “I can’t get out of bed today”, and that’s okay. Keep a journal next to your bed and write it all down – the good, the bad, the ugly or the beautiful. No judgment, no disappointment in yourself, only honesty. Now take a deep breath and commit to your well being for the day.
  2. Minimize clutter
    You’ve heard this many times, but it needs repeating – a cluttered environment leads to a cluttered mind. If you want to experience peace and a sense of calm, you have to cultivate the space to reflect that. It doesn’t matter if your aesthetic is the spare lines of minimalism or the rich explosion of Jungalow brights, make sure you are surrounded by only those things that bring you joy and remain useful to your current life. Let go of the things that no longer serve their purpose. Or if you absolutely, positively have to keep everything, throw that shit in a pretty basket and unclutter the environment.
  3. Connect with Nature
    In addition to getting outside to experience the weather, observe the changes happening and get in touch with seasonal changes, it’s also important to bring nature into your home. Have you ever noticed the difference in a room that has plants compared to one that doesn’t? The energy plants bring to a room is palpable and the more you tend to their living needs, the more in tune you will become with your own. I mean, really, we are all just basically houseplants with complicated emotions: stay hydrated, bask in some sunlight and keep growing.
  4. Trust your Intuition
    A big part of living with everyday magic is learning to lean into your deeper consciousness and trust your intuition. It’s that little whisper in the back of your mind, or the gut feeling you get, or the obvious reminder that comes on the radio or television and you hear the words you need to. It’s the symbol that shows itself when you are searching for the answer. Your intuition is speaking to you all of the time, but in order to hear it, you have to be fully present. Live in the *now* and listen to what your heart is saying. When you trust your intuition and approach all things with love, the world becomes magic.
  5. Express yourself with conscious language.
    Speak your truth, because the Universe is listening. Pay attention to how many things you are actually manifesting in your daily life through the words you are speaking. Now be mindful of the way in which you phrase your intentions. Is your language empowering? If conscious language is a new concept for you, here are a few ways you can start to incorporate it:
  • Be aware of what you say after “I am”. This is the core of creating who you are as an individual because the Universe responds to the expression you have of yourself. Let go of any negative or limiting talk and choose to say only positive expressions of who you are.
  • Say “I choose” “I can” or “I desire” in place of the limiting refrains of “I must” “I want” “I need” “I should” or “I shouldn’t”. The former is empowering while the latter focuses on the lack in your life.
  • Change negative responses into positive affirmations. Instead of saying “I could never make a souffle rise like that” you can say “I will continue to improve my baking skills”.
  • Take the word “try” out of your language. Yoda was right when he said “Do or Do Not. There is no try.” The idea is that you remain focused and in the moment. For example, you are either driving or you are not. There is no “trying to drive”. One would fervently hope that the driving is mindful and responsible instead of reckless and dangerous, but either way, the driving is being done. This applies to all the actions in your life.

What are some of the ways you like to bring magic into your life? Share your story in the comments below and be sure to join us in the Wayward Inspiration Facebook Group for more inspiration and support. We look forward to connecting with you!

And if you do love the process of performing simple spells and rituals to enhance your magical practice, I recommend Dorothy Morrison’s book Everyday Magic: Spells & Rituals for Modern Living.

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