Meditation. You’d have to be living in a bubble somewhere not to have heard about the importance of meditation for your physical and mental well-being. Seriously, you can’t swing a dead rutabaga without bashing into a book on meditation, seeing a YouTube how-to video or a hearing about it on your favorite talk show or radio program. Meditation this and meditation that. So, why the constant media bombardment and why am I writing about it here? Because all of this hoopla is correct. Meditation is vastly important. Not only for your physical and mental health but for your magickal health as well.
Cultivating a meditation practice affects your magick in several ways. First, and foremost, it makes a healthier and happier witch. Meditation relaxes you, allows the cares and worries of the day to be carried away on your focused breath. Relaxation fights dis-ease, aids in the fight against depression and anxiety and brings you mental clarity. Mental clarity is essential in defining your Will, that which allows you to manifest the changes you wish to make in your world.
Secondly, it teaches focus and discipline, two vitally important skills to have as a magickal practitioner. Without proper focus your spells and workings can fall flat, lacking the steady influx of energy vital to take them to manifestation. A good meditation practice teaches you to quiet your mind and to focus singularly for long stretches at a time, a requirement for adept spell work.
By disciplining yourself to maintain a meditation practice you will find that the discipline you need to move forward in your Craft becomes more effortless. If you’ve already been maintaining a sitting practice of twenty minutes a day , adding 15 minutes or more of magickal activity – a must in my book for flexing your magickal muscles – seems like child’s play. Your newfound discipline can even be the catalyst you need to get off your now healthier butt and play in the moonlight more.
Last, but not lacking in importance, meditation allows a deeper connection with all that is, the Universe, your deities, your spirit guides, all of it. Quieting your mind gives those that wish to impart their wisdom, give you much needed answers, or just chat, a chance to get through. Meditation clears your mind of extraneous thoughts and quiets both your conscious and subconscious mind. This quiet cultivates the proper reception in our minds for communicating with those on much higher frequencies as well as allowing us to feel the more subtle astral vibrations associated with those on a different plane. Meditation opens us, clears us of ego, then offers up our quieted minds to bring us closer to our Gods, aid us in finding out more about ourselves spiritually and magically, and connects us with the vastness of the Universe. When we are connected, all things are possible. Imagine what that can do for your magick!
The next time the “M” word comes up and the verbal debate on just what it is and how to do it ensues, just smile and nod. You now know how wonderful meditation is and the many benefits it can offer you. So what are you waiting for? Take a seat, put on your resting witch face, and prove to yourself and the masses that meditation can make you the person, the magickal practitioner, the witch, you always knew you could be.
Namaste and Blessed Be!