Monday, September 10, 2012

Pagan Blog Project - J is for Just Do It!

When you're feeling overwhelmed by all the demands of life it can be easy to let your spirit life lapse.  To get back on track, don't worry about carrying out every step of your ritual.  Don't have time to cast a circle and call the quarters?  Just take a moment, perhaps light some incense or a candle, and honor the deity that is you.  With a grateful heart find joy in the little moments of perfection that happen every day - a song you love on the radio, a hummingbird in your garden, a beautiful sunrise or brilliant moon.
Observe your craft in little ways on a daily basis and you will find yourself subconsciously carving more time for it as the wheel of the year progresses.  
Financial experts advise beginning any fiscal planning by figuring out a budget - listing where all of your money goes as well as where you would like it to go.  I've started a similar idea with my time, making a list of all the things I want to do every day along with all the things I have to do. (See a sample below.) 
September 10 - 16
Shop (market/clothes/errands)
Prepare for sabbat, esbat
Paint file
Feed & weed garden
Trim plants for fall

As I started ticking (or not ticking) things off the list, something interesting happened. I noticed the things I did every day weren't things I wanted to do but things I felt I had to do (like housework). If I have 15 minutes in the morning, I spend it doing dishes instead of meditating. I generally put off projects and hobbies until I have a chunk of free time, only that free time never seems to show up. So now I try to sew a seam or two instead of the whole skirt or pull weeds around one plant instead of the whole yard. And I'm finding the project gets done faster than it would have if I'd waited for a free day.
So don't fret if you have to work during a sabbat or the baby's schedule doesn't allow you to meditate every morning.  Offer your intentions to the universe and watch the magic happen (with your willing spirit) to live your best charmed life.  Blessed be!

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