Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone

IMG_4264Today’s meditation was just over ten minutes long and dealt with pain management during one’s meditation practice.

As I use meditation to assist in my pain management, the techniques that were introduced in the guided meditation today are not new to me.  It was nice to be guided through a process that I usually do on my own without guidance though.  As if, by handing over control to the guide, I was able to relax a little more into the practice than I do when I am in control of the pace and path of the meditation on my own.

The method that was focused on in today’s meditation is what I call the “adjustment and acceptance” method, which basically means that if there is pain that can be alleviated by adjusting your physical positioning or posture, then make those adjustments.

If there is pain that remains, regardless of the adjustments you make, then this is pain that you must accept and allow.  Instead of fighting against it, you take that pain as a part of life and a part of you, and find ways to process it and function through it, moving forward with it as a part of you rather than seeing it as your enemy and something to resist.

Forager's Daughter Tarot - Five of PentaclesToday’s draw is the Five of Pentacles, which is traditionally a representation of tests, trials, and conflict in the area of one’s finances, resources, manifestations, and the physical world.  This often translates into themes that have to do with financial struggles, scarcity issues, health problems, and isolation caused by lack of resources.

What stands out to me today in the imagery of this card is the dried and barren Rubus brambles and the leaf of these brambles that hides the dead rat’s butt.  Although the brambles still contain a few berries and leaves, they are out of the rat’s easy reach and this has created a situation where the rat has starved due to a lack of ingenuity to move forward to another location and find the food he needs.   The leaf… on the other hand, feels like a hint of cover for one’s vulnerability.

The message here is sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone to find what you need in life.  You can’t always play it safe and have your ass covered, sometimes you have to take on that element of vulnerability and risk to better your situation.

I’m not entirely sure where this fits into my life at the moment, but I feel that the message here is a reminder to keep my eyes open for an opportunity to make life better for myself and those in my home, and to be ready to jump at the chance when it appears before me rather than second guessing due to an attachment to being in my comfort zone.

DECK USED:  FORAGER’S DAUGHTER TAROT

#TarotForGrowthMay Challenge Prompt
Question
: How can I better change or accept that aspect of myself in a loving way?

Dixit Deck v2 Quest

Dixit Deck v2 QuestReading Summary: Don’t allow that inner critic to rain out the event taking place (First Card). Stay open to new possibilities (Second Card) and magical moments (Third Card).

Never forget your old way of doing things is a dapper and seductive fuck (Jumper to the Right).

Take Away:  The message here is to make sure I don’t give credence to that negative inner critic that always tries so hard to tear me down.  I’m on a journey of emotional growth at the moment, and there’s a lot of new things and new experiences coming at me as a result.

I need to remember not to give into the familiarity and seduction my inner critic’s voice possesses and reach for the possibilities and experiences this growth is offering me.

DECK USED:  DIXIT V.2 QUEST EXPANSION PACK

 

Weekly Creativity Prompt – Home Connection

Draw three cards. Find something around your home (or where you’re currently staying) that you feel represents each of the cards. Draw, paint, artistically photograph, collage, or otherwise depict these items in some way.)

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The Magician – As you can see in the background behind this card, I really am the man with all the tools.  Having 900+ decks takes up a great deal of room, but in this picture you can see that behind the Magician card is a good selection of decks that I use somewhat regularly or keep out for specific clients.

The High Priestess – This card is placed upon my altar, which is where I connect via a daily devotional with the energies of creation, evolution, and balance as well as elemental energies and the energies of my ancestors and guides.  This is where secrets are whispered on exhaled breaths, gratitude is expressed with an open heart, and the invitation to bring the energies previously mentioned into my day begins.

The Star – I grow pansies on my balcony every year because their blooming faces make me feel light and happy as no other flower can.  I find them uplifting and I feel that the energy of the Star card fits perfectly with that happy and yet calming and hopeful energy that pansies create for me. In the picture here behind the card you see one of my balcony troughs full of pansies and, behind that, my lilac tree and the alley that runs behind my building.

DECK USED:  THE SOLIPSIST TAROT