Welcome to another Witchy Activity Wednesday! Every week, we post a new witchy activity for you to try out. This can be anything from writing prompts and spells, to rituals and meditations. Our goal is to provide you with some fun and easy ways to stay connected to your spirituality, and to help you on your witchy journey.
This week's activity is prepping for shadow work. As spring approaches, it's a great time to nurture yourself and practice self-love as you move into a deeper exploration of your shadows. Shadow work is the process of facing and exploring your darker parts - often the things that we’ve been taught to ignore or deny about ourselves. By engaging in shadow work, we can gain insight into the roots of our behavior, and ultimately lead to a better understanding of ourselves.
To get ready for shadow work, there are a few things you can do:
1. Spend time journaling and reflecting on how you view yourself and any areas of life where you may be holding yourself back. This will help give you an idea of where to start when exploring your shadows.
2. Set aside some time for self-care and nurture yourself with gentle activities like yoga, gardening, reading, or taking a leisurely walk outdoors.
3. Talk to trusted friends and family about your thoughts and feelings surrounding shadow work, as well as any anxieties that may arise when facing your weaknesses.
4. Research and seek out resources that can help guide you in your shadow work journey - books, podcasts, online courses, etc.
Once you’ve done the above, it’s time to start diving into your shadows! Remember: shadow work is not an easy process, but it can be incredibly healing. You may experience a wide range of emotions as you explore, so it’s important to go easy on yourself and take things at your own pace.
Here are some resources from H.o.W
28 day Shadow work journal prompts (PDF download)
Dancing With Your Shadow: A Crossroad Witches Guide to Shadow Work (Amazon Workbook)
We hope this week's Witchy Activity has been helpful in prepping for shadow work - we wish you a safe and transformative journey!