((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))
So, enjoying the stormy summer of 2016? Trick question – obviously not. It has been a difficult year and July has been a particularly trying and sad month.
The cards above carry a familiar messages; in times like these, it is important to remember there have always been times like these. It is okay to be sad, troubled, angered, but life must go on and we must go on with it to the best of our abilities. However, it may be time to try some new approaches, to let go of old patterns and processes and move forward with some new ideas.
Thinking about ways to change our patterns, I have the following suggestions:
STEP 1: SELF CARE. Have you been taking good care of yourself? Have you been getting enough rest? Eating healthy foods? Taking in exercise and sunshine (as simple as a walk around the block during the day)? These simple things may not seem important but they are to keep your own sense of balance. Do not skimp on these small things – sip your tea (or coffee) slowly and enjoy each sip.
STEP 2: GO WITHIN. This comes up often – our lives are so busy, we rarely take time to explore our own inner selves. This is unfortunate as we are each so much more powerful than we realize. Meditation, journaling, alone time, and nature walks are all good practices for going within, exploring the self, and finding the strengths you need to move forward.
STEP 3: INCREASING FREQUENCY. Your own vibrational frequency, that is. In fairness, Steps 1 and 2 begin the process in small slow ways – you are increasing personal positive energy flow within yourself for the purposes of a) repelling negative energy, and b) spreading, possibly generating, positive energy in your life, and in the world. To that plan, breathe deeply, stretch, maybe do some yoga – too passive? Then sing, dance, twirl around the living room listening to music. Take in beauty any way you can and allow yourself to express it in any way that feels good to you. (NOTE: This list does not include sex, not because it isn’t beautiful or awesome but because it may require a partner, distracting necessarily from the self-focus of these activities. If a partner is not required, do as you like.)
STEP 4: SHARE. Share you smile (add it to your good morning when you order your coffee or buy your morning paper). Share your ideas (“It’s a lovely day. We should eat lunch outside.” Share your plans (“I’m going to take a walk in the park before I drive home after work.”). Share your joy – if you are enjoying cake, a song, a flower, share it with others to the best of your ability. Everyone needs joy..
Under current conditions, positivity takes a concerted effort – we must actively choose it for ourselves if we are to spread it to others. It must be done and it is up to us right now.
Perhaps you have heard, “Love is love is love is love is love is love…”
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