Did you practice working with the Allies of Time over the past several days? How was it? Have you remembered to invoke their help as a part of your day? I urge you to continue practicing and developing your relationship with these helpers, especially now that the full intensity of the holiday rush threatens to sweep us all under. You will begin to realize that much of the work of understanding and strengthening a good relationship with time has to do with simply paying attention.
Here’s an ancient, simple practice that can help you do exactly that. When we practice magic, we cast our Circle, call the Directions or Guardians, use our special tools and spells, and so forth. But living in a very busy, overbooked world, how do we make time?
What we sometimes forget is that magic is also simplicity and is accessible to all of us at any given time. In fact, it can be as close as our next cup of tea.
In solitude or as part of a social get together, tea drinking is a ritual in which most of us have taken part at one time or another. And while your tea taking need not require all the pageantry and complexity of the Japanese tea ceremony, it can, nevertheless, be an act of intention that helps to access your inner, magical self. When practiced with awareness and intention, your own personal tea ceremony is an act of slowing down, reminding you that every moment is a sacred occasion which can, and will, never recur exactly the same way again.
The practice of tea time can bring a sense of celebration to the every day. If you are not a big fan of tea, you can substitute something else, but coffee or soft drinks really don’t have the calming civility that tea does.
Taking the time to sit back with a cup of hot, well-steeped tea allows us to release stress built up by our constant struggle to keep abreast of our physical reality. Inhaling the rich aroma has a calming and soothing effect, and the experience of stillness and reflection is drawn out by the necessarily slow sipping of the hot liquid. It is in this state of quiet relaxation that we can come to an awareness of our higher self.
By taking a hiatus from the hectic realities of life, we are able to experience more of the natural magic that is always within and around us.