A easy way of practicing magic that I found out is by doing this:
When you see something moving or a small animal such as a: small bird or lizard outside. Quietly sit down or stand there staring at the creature. Calmly talk to the thing in your mind. As if you were actually communicating with it. Strongly in your mind ask it things such as What are you doing? You may or may not get a response. But it may project back into your mind "Looking for food"
Slowly nod or shake your head and say in your mind You may search for food, or No do not search for food there.
This worked for me, it will not work for everybody but its a good way to practice.
How I try: I sit/stand staring out the glass door looking in my yard at a bird on the ground. I think "What are you doing?" I can feel it respond as if saying in my mind "I am searching for food" I than nod my head in agreeing. I than say in my mind "I allow you to search on my land."
That's how I practice at least. And if anyone else has a easy way for newbies tell me.