Over the past few days, it has been raining off and on here in Atlanta. I am not fond of driving in Atlanta traffic in the rain. Wait….that may be a tad understated….I loathe driving in Atlanta traffic in the rain.
I am not one that speeds. I typically drive within the speed limit…but that is just it. I drive. Here in Atlanta, when it rains, most of the population ride their brakes. On the way to work this morning, it did not matter which lane I got in, the person in front of me rode their brakes the whole way…then when someone rearended another brake-rider, traffic came to a dead halt so that every car passing could rubberneck. I never understood that either. It isn’t like you really know that person or really intend to stop and help.
Of course, this got my brain reeling. How often, in our own lives, do we “ride the brakes?” We let fear of the unknown or the opinions of other people dictate how we live our lives. Personally, it would be really easy, as a witch, for me to live my life that way. I mean, who wants to deal with people thinking that you are just a few bricks shy of a load because you “stir energy,” or “believe in fairies?” On a daily basis I deal with raised eyebrows and giggles when I don’t behave the way that the world around me does.
I remember when I “came out of the broom closet” to my partner. I just knew that he was going to laugh at my spiritual practices or he was going to lump me in the category of the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. The relief that flooded over me when he told me that he was fine with whatever I believed or did because it was what made me, me. Fear had tried to put the Craft on the backburner, but truth made the magick flourish.
Riding the brakes can go another direction also…in today’s society, it is far too easy to become buried by day to day activities and troubles. I am as guilty of this as the next person. Back in October, I was told by my doctor to decrease my stress….yeah, ok, right. I live with two gay men who apparently know no other name in the household when it comes to resolving issues. I have four pets…end of that sentence. I have a job that changes constantly with more and more requirements each week….and even with the lifestyle change that I have undertaken, I am obese.
Many days and nights, it takes everything I have just to spend a few minutes in meditation or in the great outdoors. I put my foot through the floor board to try to get the world to slow down around me. If only my memory weren’t too short. If only I could remember that it is in the meditation and in the time outdoors that I am renewed. If I could just stop twisting my neck out of joint trying to see what everybody around me was doing and concentrate on what is going on right in front of me there might be a better flow.
I read the above quote on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and it struck me as profound. If you think about it, when you feel disheartened, dispirited and depressed….that is when you need your spirit stirred the most. Dancing gets your circulation going. When you put your whole self into the dance…when you feel it down to the soles of your feet…it brings life back to the body. If you are like me, when you sing, it comes from the deepest part of your being. Singing moves my spirit like nothing else…that is when raw emotion touches every fiber of my heart. Stories….I love a good Fairytale. It makes the brain race forward and the imagination take you on exciting journeys. Silence helps us to feel ourselves….truly feel who we are. It allows us to touch our own souls.
I will add one more to this list. Make a little magick. This doesn’t have to be some elaborate ritual. Just do something. For the kitchen witch it may be as simple as whipping up a delicious treat, for the craft witch making something cute and simple, for the garden witch digging in the dirt might do it. Remember….it is in the intention. If you do something with the knowledge and intent that what you are doing is magickal…..the worlds will open up before you! Trust me….I have been fortunate enough to be shown the magick in a simple walk. If you see yourself as ordinary, you will be ordinary. If you see yourself as the wonderful witch, wizard, or alchemist you are….then guess what?? You will see magick unfold right before your eyes. After all, believing is seeing.
I have had to think today about what makes me put on the brakes and stare out at what others have crashed into. So many things try to distract me. It is time for me to lose the distractions, put my foot on the gas and move forward….Can I help it if magick sparkles fly out of the tailpipe?