There is one question that many new Pagans ask and that is how do I incorporate my path into my daily life? In what ways can I make my practice be a real part of my everyday life? There are many books out there on holiday rituals, formal offerings and worship styles but there is not always information on what a daily practice could involve and how to go about starting a daily practice yet many of those same books tell the readers the importance of a daily practice.
Its easy to see why new pagans and even those who have done the basics and want to go deeper into their path and practice can get overwhelmed when they are trying to find a way to go deeper. Daily practice is one of the ways that a person can develop their spiritual and religious practice deeper. These daily practices help you align yourself with the Gods and spirits. They give you a tool to bring all aspects of your religion and spiritual practices into your life. Finally they can provide structure which allows deeper development with spirits.
Daily practice doesn’t have to be formal. It can be as simple as prayers said a few times a day or it could be simply working on altar maintenance. Daily practice should not take up an extended amount of time in your day. It should just be a small part of what you do in your daily life. Setting aside 15 minutes or so for prayers, meditations, etc is all that daily practice really needs to be.
Daily practice does not have to involve magical work but it can. One aspect of working magic on a daily basis is that you begin to see the reason why so many folk magic traditions are very practical. You begin to notice that everything you have in your home readilly available can be used in some way shape and form of spells and charms. Anything from how you shower and prepare for the day to how you eat and cook your food can be things that are part of your daily practice.
Your daily practice is essentially one of the cores of your practice. It is how you establish a daily routine for working with and honoring your Gods and spirits. This practice develops your relationships with the forces you are attuned and allied with. The more time you spend with them the better you get to know them and the better they get to know you. This is how partnerships in religion and spirituality really begin to form.
Prayers and altar maintenance are the most common forms of daily practice. Your prayers are prayers of thanks, devotion, honor, praise etc. By saying these prayers at altars you maintain to Gods and spirits you develop power at the altars. For some Gods and spirits out there you can find formal and traditional prayers to various Gods and spirits. Two good books on prayer for Pagans are The Wiccan Way by Rae Beth and A Book of Pagan Prayer by
One of the ways prayer work and altar maintenance are connected is through praying at your altars or shrines. The altar builds energy and emotion. The altar and shrine become the “home” or place in your home where they can reside and place their essences. It is your place to honor and work with them. It becomes a symbol of your relationship and connection with them. It becomes not just your way of communicating with the Gods and spirits but also a powerful tool for any and all work that you do with them. Prayer work is one way you maintain an altar. Other things that altar maintenance can include are offerings, candle burning, cleaning the altar, and feeding the spirits that live there (through offerings, and prayer work).
There are many other things that can be part of a daily practice. Meditation is a common practice. Many people begin meditation through lighting candles, burning incense, and or setting light music. Meditation is a tool for communicating with different spiritual forces as well as a tool for developing a sense of self and a connection to all aspects of yourself.
Cooking your food, how you shower, and even the way you clean your house can all be aspects of a daily practice. These are all aspects of your daily life. If you perform them with an awareness of spiritual forces (in cooking thanking the spirits of the animals,plants etc in the meal, in cleaning visualizing negativity etc being cleaned away) they can become essential parts of your spiritual practice. The key is the mindset in which you perform those tasks.
Now that there are some ideas of what a daily practice can include and why we should maintain them its time to talk about putting them into practice. At first you might be temped to add several things into your routine. If you try to add to many things at once you will get overwhelmed and you may want to give it up all together. This is why its best to pick one or maybe two things to start with. If you already have altars adding prayers and regular offerings of water at the altars may be a great way to start. If you don’t have any altars starting with prayers in your bedroom as you get ready in the morning or before bed at night are also an option.
Once you get into the habit of your simple daily routine you can start to add in other things. The best thing is to simply start with something and then go from there. Once you have a starting place you can figure out where to go. Keep it simple and keep it consistent. You will soon find that you have found a new sense of depth in your practice and you may start to notice stronger connections and clearer communication with the Gods and spirits you work with.