One of the main reasons, if not THE main reason for me choosing a Wiccan way of life, was because I knew that it could only have a positive effect on my wellbeing.
All you have to do is look at the basic principles of Wicca to know that it can do you nothing but good. The whole religion revolves around respect, love and acceptance, not just for yourself but for everyone and everything around you.
I know the Wiccan path isn’t for everyone and I’ve been working hard trying to think of ways non-Pagans can benefit from the things I have, but without making a commitment to actually becoming Wiccan.
Taking the first step into spirituality
I feel like a lot of people are put off from investigating further for a number of reasons, but some of the most common tend to be:
- They can’t get on board with the deities deal and worshipping gods (I feel ya!)
- They already belong to another faith
- They may face backlash from friends and family
- They don’t want to be seen as a ‘weirdo’ or an outsider
- They feel silly believing in crystals, divination and all that ‘stuff’
I get it, for years I was ticking some of those boxes above, but I soon realised that this was the perfect path for me and it just felt like the right time. Even if you don’t want to dive head first into the deep end, there are still ways you can incorporate a little bit of magick into your everyday.
I’m not here to recruit you, you can do and believe in whatever you like, but I am here to convince you to broaden your mind and think about what it means to practice self-care and how you practice it.
I shall do this, simply by telling you what I’ve learned about wellbeing and self-care from becoming Wiccan and how it has benefitted me beyond that.
10 ways Wicca has benefitted me
- It has helped me to form a more consistent meditation routine
- Helped me to find more focus during my meditation
- Turned me onto more scientific study such as neuroscience and astrology
- Helped me get back on track with journalling
- Helped me to cut down on tech time – now I spend most of my evenings reading or learning something about Wicca
- Allowed me to improve my intuition and create a better connection with my subconscious
- Helped me to become a more empathetic person
- Helps me to better balance my emotional wellbeing and understand irrational thoughts
- Introduced me to some of the most fascinating people
- Given me a new found respect and understanding of the natural world
I started this path tentatively back in October 2018 and to be honest, I thought my attention span would have cut out by now, like it usually does. There is so much to learn around Wicca that I’ve found that I’m more engaged now than I was right at the beginning and my passion to learn more grows everyday.
I’m amazed at how much it has changed my thought patterns and how I think about the world. Even my daily schedule has improved, now that I carve out time for rituals or meditation every night before bed.
I was always someone that struggled to find focus, I still do but I now feel like I have a whole new set of tools to help me cope and work through those challenging times. I never thought I’d be a religious person, but I have to admit it has made a difference in me and for the better.
If you are interested in learning more about Wicca, here are a few books I highly recommend:
- Wicca by Harmony Nice
- The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
- Wiccapedia: A Modern-Day White Witches Guide by Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway