For the 30 day magical roots challenge, I’m focusing on breath work, my intentions are for this challenge, and any energy work for the day.
I started to write this post yesterday, but I was in a lot of IBS pain. It was so bad I laid down and slept.
I did meditate yesterday though!
Pain is one of the reasons I can’t practice witchcraft as a daily routine. Usually by the fourth day, I stopped practicing whatever I’m doing not pick it up again until next school vacation. Fortunately, I’ve done my daily devotionals almost every day (I didn’t yesterday) and I have my schedule to remind me to take care of myself.
Focusing on Breath
I try to meditate every day. I have generalized anxiety disorder where anything and everything can cause anxiety.
I like having someone walk me through the meditation so I use a meditation app called Meditation Studio.
For yoga, I use Richard Hittleman’s 28-Day Exercise Plan. Today, in the book, it’s about breathing so I wanted to combine challenge 3, my meditation for the day, and Hittleman’s yoga breathing into one.
The third day is centering. There’s a cool breath exercise for today in Richard Hittleman’s book that I can use instead of the practice stated in the challenge. It goes something like this:
- Exhale deeply, contract abdomen
- Inhale slowly, distend abdomen,
- Continue inhalation, expand chest
- Continue inhalation, raise shoulders
- Retain breath for count of five
- Exhale deeply, relax shoulders and chest, contract abdomen. ¹
I suppose I want what my Gods want:
- A happy home.
- Work carefully in my magic.
- Getting to know the Gods and using all the tools I’ve learned on my journey.
For this challenge, I find it to be a bit odd. Rubbing my hands together and then moving them apart and close together reminds me accordion playing. I also I imagined a cat’s cradle string between my hands. My sister and I used to play this game all the time when we’re growing up.
- Hittleman, Richard (1969). Richard Hittleman’s 28 Day Exercise Plan. NY: New York.