Today’s meditation was just under thirteen minutes long and was another of the guided meditations from the Calm app accompanied by an interval timer for my piriformis stretching.
The topic of today’s meditation was about choosing your battles.
The thing is, everyone has those times when something sticks “under their craw” and they jump forward into an argument either in defense of something they believe in, or maybe just because they don’t like how something was said or who said it. But if we spend our lives in that space where we’re always ready to jump on every little thing, it diminishes the joy we feel in the day to day.
This is where it’s important to choose your battles wisely. Not just because you want to win or be in the right, but also because you don’t want strife and conflict to overtake the joys in your life.
Today’s draw is the Chariot (which in this deck is known as The Battle Wagon), which is traditionally a representation of willpower leaning into action. It is about motivation, progress, and success through determination.
The horses really stood out to me in this card today, but I think it’s more because they’re pretty than anything, because the message that came through when the card first hit the table was, “No rest for you today. Get back on the wagon.”
This is fitting, and was actually really good advice. I had a really nice and relaxing Friday with Gideon and I really didn’t feel like going back to work for these last three days of the holiday rush. And yet… if I had not taken that advice from the Battle Wagon card this morning? I’d be up until three or four in the morning tonight trying to finish the work that landed in my lap today.
Because I did listen? I get to actually get some sleep tonight. That’s a win in my book.
DECK USED: GREEN WITCH TAROT
LionHart’s 20/21 Tarot Challenge Prompt
Topic: In what way can I use 2020 as an inspiration for 2021?
Reading Summary: Continue with the changes that were started in 2020 (Death). Keep your eye on the prize even though the progress is slow going (Knight of Pentacles), and don’t judge yourself harshly for the extra time it takes (Judgement).
Take Away: I need to remember that I’m not on a deadline where it comes to the emotional growth I’m working through and the changes I’m working on making concerning my work balance and personal care priorities. This isn’t a race and there’s no finish line, which means it takes as long as it takes and there’s no such thing as “lagging behind”. I’m so used to pushing myself so hard on every project and endeavor that I sometimes forget that this isn’t like making it through a holiday rush or working on a project with a deadline in mind. Stop worrying so much about how long it’s taking… or how long it takes… or whatever speed I am moving along that path.
DECK USED: INKROMANCY TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicsDec2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: Where do I find the most joy in life?
I find the most joy in life in my connection with the earth and celebrating that connection through enjoying time in the presence of the earth and her generosity. When I connect with the earth through my time in the outdoors, I am given energy and an inner healing that I can’t find anywhere else, which is not just healing but also uplifting.
There is also an outlier here in the Ten of Wands which is an indication of a sort of self destructive joy I find in being busy. This particular joy has to do with feeling like I’m accomplishing things… even if in doing so it grinds me into the ground.