This though came to me whilst I was in the middle of a rune working meditation on Uruz, the rune of the Auroch, of strength, vitality and courage. I just couldn't quite get the working right and was thinking about why that might be. Then it came to me. In order to absorb and resonate in harmony with this rune I need to be in my body feeding my own vitality. My practice over the last few months has moved very much into my head (something I will have to watch in future) but in order to fully integrate I need to be really present in my body. In particular it felt like I wasn't going to get my work with Uruz without bringing it into a very physical place.
So I got up early and prepared my space with fresh water for drinking and an Aerobic Pilates DVD. I wanted to start with a form of exercise which would allow me to work magick and get a good work out at the same time, Pilates has a great emphasis on core strength and breathing both of which felt very supportive of the magickal working. The aerobic aspect would give me a great work out but without the ultra complicated steps of some of my other routines. Then down to business, but only for a short work out - I wanted this to be a test run.
It was a challenge keeping the rune resonation going throughout the whole 15 minutes and it did honestly come and go with my concentration. I sure that this will improve in time. The session was hard work but focussing on Uruz definitely helped out with some of the postures (and vice versa) and I felt a definite uniting of body, mind and spirit during some parts of the exercise. The best aspect was the 15 minutes of meditation I did straight afterwards - that was some of the most powerful meditation I have done recently. This was quiet surprising as I had always assumed I needed to get really calm and chilled out in order to meditate, and that getting my heart rate up (as with all aerobic exercise) would be terrible for meditation. Whilst this was true in a way it also helped me to achieve a different sense of altered consciousness.
I am going to try and keep up something similar for the next month and move into a more physical realm again whilst bringing that magickal headspace with me. If I can crack this then I will feel like I have been able to take a big step forwards. I'll be logging some of my experiences as I try new ways of combining the two. Hopefully next I'll be combining it with some wild dancing!