To Thine Own Self Be True

Today’s meditation was eighteen minutes and four seconds, and focused on a body scan encouraging relaxation which started at the head and ended at the toes.

During the scan the guided meditation also discussed maintaining momentum with your practice. In other words, ensuring that you are meditating daily and not skipping over or setting aside your meditation for other issues, activity , or concerns.

This is something that I personally struggle with. I know that the meditation is helping me, and I know that meditation is good for you in a number of different ways. Yet, at times when there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day I’ve been known to skip my meditation… even when I know that the meditation only takes 15 minutes or so.

Today’s draw is the Seven of Swords, and has to do with progress, the unknown, and/or a leap ahead in the area of thoughts and communication.

This card often indicates deception or betrayal, but I believe in this case the card is a representation of a need to look inward. In this representation the Seven of Swords is the epitome of the Shakespearean quote (said by Polonius in Hamlet), “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

The Seven of Swords is a reminder to take a look at my beliefs and intentions to ensure that I am staying true to myself and my values as I move forward.

It’s message is the importance of being true to yourself and staying in touch with what’s important to you rather than letting outside influences or even your own fears or emotions get the better of you. I think everyone needs this reminder every once in a while… myself included.

When business slows down, as it always does after Mother’s Day each year, I suffer through a period of self-doubt and worry. It’s a bit silly because my business is thriving, and this time of year is a regular slow period that is predictable and expected.

And yet, every year the whispers of worry and self-doubt return to make a repeat appearance. The Seven of Swords is telling me to look at my inner values and my core self and then continue forward, confident in myself and what I know to be true, instead of becoming distracted by the whispers.