As a practitioner of any magickal or energetic arts, I firmly believe in working with what feels right – any modalities, tools, deities, mantras…whatever you like. However, I do think one thing is necessary for any practice – meditation. And, in truth, I think meditation can change anyone’s life for the better, even if you’re not into magick or energy work. Madisyn Taylor does a great course on DailyOm about learning to meditate. You can view it here.
Some basics about meditating from her intro to the course – for new folks, or just great reminders for those of us who already meditate:
“The term “meditation” can refer to any process that leads you to an inner state of relaxed awareness. There needn’t be any big mystery or drama about the process, and there’s really no right or wrong way of doing it. There are simply different techniques that can be used as tools to help you focus and quiet your mind. We have all seen the vision of the yogi sitting crossed legged wearing robes and perhaps meditating in a cave. This is not what meditation is about for most of us and starting with an unrealistic idea of what meditation is about won’t make it an enjoyable experience for you.
For those of us who already have a meditation routine, we’ve come to depend on the way our practice enhances our lives. We’ve discovered an ever-present source of inner peace and wisdom from which we can now draw strength, courage, clarity, and compassion. It has become easier to respond to situations from a calm and grounded place, rather than acting out old dysfunctional patterns. We’re also better able to navigate our lives in alignment with our own needs and goals. By giving ourselves the space to simply be ourselves, many of the distractions from other people’s agendas melt away. For many of us, meditation has become an important way to take really good care of ourselves.
Research has linked regular meditation to reduced levels of anxiety and stress, in addition to improved immune function and a host of other health benefits. Studies have shown that the nervous system actually begins responding differently to stressful situations – creativity flows more freely and new solutions begin to emerge. What’s wonderful is that many of these advantages occur after just one session and continue evolving with regular practice. As you develop your own meditation program, you’ll be able to track the benefits for yourself, from changes in your mood to improvements in your energy. Soon you will be find yourself reacting from a place of centered calm rather than from your head.”
Truly, it works. My practice is still evolving, and I am still learning – but I can clearly see and feel the benefits every time I make effort to calm and connect my mind and body. Meditation: to me, the most basic part of a magickal lifestyle.