Being a Solitary Wiccan may sound lonely to some. I suppose it can be at times, but I don’t think it is a coincidence that almost every solitary I have met is an introvert to some degree. Introverts need alone time. We thrive on it; survive on it. I am not sure who said it first, but it is in the moments we are alone that we achieved our greatest personal insights. Understanding who we are and learning to feel our connection to the universe is, I believe, one of the cornerstones of Wicca.
To me, Wicca is less a religion and more a state of being. It is about finding peace within ourselves and understanding of the world around us. It is finding that connecting energy that links us to everything else and learning how to influence it in a positive way. Thankfully, we have tools to help.
Water, fire, Earth, wind, stone and leaf to name only a few of the tools available. Everything is connected. Through that connection, we can use the inherent qualities in these objects to strengthen our influence and focus our energies on a specific task. However, if you have not learned to focus your own mind your results will be middling at best. The easiest way I know to learn focus is through meditation.
Proper meditation is not something you can fit in during a commercial break. However, if you are truly pressed for time, try for at least 10 to 15 minutes every day. I use a candle, though the only things truly required are quiet and commitment on your part.
The Quick Meditation:
Find a comfortable place to sit, where you can keep your back straight and the distractions of the world cannot reach you. Let your eyelids droop, but not close. If you are using a candle, focus on the flame and watch how it moves.
Breathe through your nose and keep it natural. Do not try to control it, just feel the air entering and exiting your body. Concentrate on that feeling and try your best not to let your mind wander. This is your opportunity to let go of all the problems and tasks that face you. Each time your mind wanders, pull it back to your breathing and think of nothing else.
It may take practice, but once you are able to concentrate on the feeling of your own breath your mind will start to open up. You will gain clarity and peace.
If you can do this at least once a day, you will start to discover the other benefits of meditation. Problems in your life start to become easier to solve, you will feel happier and your relationships will improve as a result.
Over the next few days, I will post this meditation primer along with a method for deeper meditation in the Resources section of this site. Until then be well.