First, I would say, that Wicca practice already uses meditation. Ritual ( like yoga) is really meditation in movement. If one is really connecting to the ritual, to the invocations and to magic casting, this is meditation. When a person is fully in tune with the Goddess then this meditation. Or when we casting a circle and have that single object and single intention focus, this is also a form a meditation.
Think about when you are lost in any creative project. Where the project moves you into present moment. Where you are ” in flow” to the point where you move/ create automatically We feel like someone else is guiding us because it is so effortlessly pouring out. In those moments of creativity, you are not worry about bills, or thinking about the future ( unless this is divination). You are completely in the project. This is mindfulness. This is meditation. And we have these moments all the time in Wiccan rituals.
These moments do not always happen. Sometimes, we do a ritual and we can only go with the motions. We are speaking, moving and acting but not connecting. We are not growing from the experience. Or we do a spell and our thoughts are all over the place. It seems impossible to send our intention into the universe.
This is why having a daily or weekly meditation practice can help Wiccans. By developing you meditation skills, you will likely find that you are able to focus and ground yourself better before, during and after a ritual.
So here are a few ways to introduce meditation to your Wiccan practice.
First off, any of these techniques can be used before or after a ritual for grounding or by itself for a daily practice.
1: Doing mindfulness meditation. In this type of meditation ( from Tibetan Buddhism), you place a gentle focus on your outward breath and relax during the inward breath. or focus on both the in and out breath. See which technique is a better fit for you. When you have a thought, label it thinking without judgement and return to the breath.
2: Do visualizations:
A great visualization for Wiccans is working with trying to project one’s own energy. An example of projecting your own energy is to imagining a beam of light coming from the middle of your hand. Imagining that you can move that light around. You can also imagine a beam of light coming out of each of your chakras or important body centers. These sort of energy meditations are great for strengthening ones’ energy body and projection abilities to aid in spell work.
3: Chanting/ Affirmation meditation.
You can do a traditional chant such as ” Om”. If you do a traditional chant from traditions such as African spirituality, Buddhism or Yoga, you are benefitting from energies that have been tried and tested. They are energies that are connected to the vibration of earth and spirit and create healthy vibrations in your own body.
However, you should know enough about/ have access to the tradition, culture or chant ( though some chants have no literal meaning) before doing so. You don’t want to invoke things that are not meant for you. ” Om” however is a good safe start.
You can also create your own affirmations to repeat. In this case, you can do affirmations that are connected with a recurring goal, a spell or ritual you will do or something that creates a feeling that you want such as relaxation.
Chants should not be more than a sentence, probably no more than five words. But can be as little as one.
Always remember the effects of meditation take a while. At least try a certain practice for a month before reflecting on the benefits and cons. Hopefully you will notice meditation or contemplation has a good effect on your rituals, spells and mental well-being.