I’d like to say that I have a dedicated daily Druid practice, that I worship the sun at dawn with a well-crafted Druid ritual, that I meditate for an hour before work, that I cast ogham to divine what the day may bring, that I honour the moon each night with song and offerings.
But I don’t.
Like many people, I have a busy life, and long meditations and elaborate rituals are nice, but not exactly practical every day. Sometimes, I’m too tired or rushing from one thing to the next, and it’s hard to find the time and space to do uninterrupted Druid practice every day.
What does my real daily practice look like? It can be as simple as greeting the day by taking a few deep breaths while looking out of the bedroom window in the morning, splashing my face with cold water from the tap and thanking the water for its cleansing and refreshing powers, before heading downstairs for some gentle exercise.
It can be taking a moment when having a cup of tea to be mindful of the warmth of the cup, the smell of the tea, the sensations of being in that moment.
It can be pausing before eating food, yes, even that quick unhealthy snack grabbed from a vending machine on the way to a meeting, and being thankful for it, for the earth that ultimately all food comes from, for the people who worked to bring it here in its current form.
It can be taking a short walk on a lunch break down by the riverside, noticing the ducks and geese, pigeons and crows; hearing the song of the wind in the willow trees and the flowing water, inhaling and exhaling with the breath of the world.
It can be working with integrity and honesty, doing each task to the best of your ability and taking pride in doing so. It can be knowing when to rest and heal.
It can be briefly greeting the moon at night and noting its phase, whether it is full or crescent, waxing or waning.
It can also be active: daily decisions made in awareness. What food to eat, what to buy, how to travel. It can be political, who to vote for, what to stand for, how to make your voice heard. It can be ritual, and it can be action; for both are sides of the same coin.
None of this is uniquely or even particularly Druidic. But what makes it Druidic is intention and awarness: making the effort to go through the day “as a Druid” and trying to live accordingly. Making Druidry not just something done in white robes at festival days, but integrated into the many small actions and moments we all live every day.
I don’t have a daily Druid practice, but I try however imperfectly, however failingly, to make my life a daily Druid practice.
[Prompt from Alison Leigh Lilly’s 30 Days of Druidry]