Today’s meditation was ten minutes long, and focused on awareness during mindfulness. That is to say, the practice of being aware of your surroundings while meditating instead of sinking into a space where you are not aware of what’s going on around you and are turned completely inward.
In the meditation, it walked you through exploring sensations one sense at a time before combining them into a full awareness while in that meditative state. It was very relaxing right up until the last part, which I found a little overwhelming and really brought home how much I compartmentalize physical sensations. This is a habit I got into when I was dealing with pain after the car accident in my teens, and serves me well in pain management since then.
Today’s draw is the Four of Cups (the Sloth) which is a representation of stability, ease, structure, shelter, and taking time to reassess, as well as cloistering and stagnation in the area of emotions, creativity, relationships, and intuition.
In the guidebook for the deck, the Sloth carries the key words of solitude, withdrawal, introspection, observation, and fatigue.
My intuitive hit off this card when it was drawn this morning is that it’s telling me it is okay to take my time.
Often, I push myself so hard and get so focused on my tasks and goals that I forget to slow down and just breathe. Today’s card is a reminder that sometimes you need to take that pause. It’s healthy and important.