In a lot of the beginners’ books on Wicca, there is an emphasis on creating a daily practice, and I always brushed it off as something I would work on down the line. A daily practice wasn’t something I wanted to focus on right now, I just didn’t have the time, I’m too inexperienced; were my excuses. Its surprising now to think I didn’t really have to “work at” adding prayer to my morning. I clock in at 7 am five mornings out of the week and find myself four stories up looking at Camelback and the Papago Mountains between 8 and 10 am.Most practitioners prefer to ground on solid ground but seeing the largest representations of earth for my region above the building is very humbling to me. It is heard where I focus my breath and release all that will not serve me throughout my day. Then with my head down and eyes closed I send my attention to the four cardinal directions, calling the elements in my mind’s voice as I go. Once I have a circle I call the Goddess and God to help me through my day. Normally asking for attributes I feel I need for that day or their protection. Then I thank the spirits of the land I live on for nourishment, ending with a chant of “may the summer be short” repeated once.I then close my circle and go about my day. This practice does not take long and does not affect my work, but it is quickly becoming not enough. I have only been unable to complete this practice at work once and it has become such an important part of my day when I don’t work I feel like my day got off on the wrong foot. Sadly I have only ever noticed this is the cause of the feeling until evening and not the time for a day starting prayer. Also, before starting my prayer every morning I think to myself that I should also be doing an end of day prayer to thank the Goddess and God for their gifts but the memory to do so does not stick. I hope to expand this practice in these ways. I actually feel more focused and clear after my prayer and would like that feeling to wash over to days I do not work and before bed.
Do you have a daily practice? Do prayers or devotions? How would you like to expand on these?
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