Today’s meditation was just under twelve minutes long, and was another continuation of the Managing Stress series that I’ve been following over the past few days. Today’s focus was centered upon negative self talk, and methods to catch yourself in the act so that you can curtail these habits into a more positive direction.
The method specifically that was focused upon in this meditation was when you find yourself having negative thoughts, instead of interacting with them to either agree or disagree or reason through them, simply say “oh, look, that is a negative thought” and then set it aside. In this way, it explains that you do not give these thoughts credence or lend them power through feeding them further attention.
Today’s draw is the Seven of Pumpkins (Pentacles) and spoke to me immediately. It said, “Don’t discount your accomplishments and the progress you’ve made.”
This is a valuable message and one that I need to work more on. Like many, I’m often so focused on where I’m going and what I want to accomplish, as well as on where I need to improve, that I forget to look at what I have actually managed to accomplish and how far I’ve come.
Against staggering odds and catastrophic road blocks, I have managed to come so far in my life and accomplish much of the things that really matter to me. I’ve grown and learned lessons from these hurdles, and adapted to find what is right for me through it all. This is no small feat, and I shouldn’t discount it as nothing, or just “shrug it off” as without value.
I say this now as I take a minute to appreciate these things, although I know that in the future I will need this reminder again. And again. Because my natural inclination isn’t to give myself praise or appreciation, but to push myself harder…. always harder.
The traditional meaning of the Seven of Pentacles involves progress (especially concerning leaps ahead), the entrance of spirituality into a situation, and the unknown in the area of resources, the physical world, manifestation, and finances. This includes themes having to do with perseverance and focusing on long term sustainability, as well as the lack thereof in some cases.
Deck Used: Halloween Tarot
Another #TarotForGrowthOctober prompt.
Question: Where is it important for me to stand my ground?
Reading Summary: These cards are an intuitive hit about my values, although I’m having a hard time articulating how I drew this out of the imagery. Something about coming up against pushy people and knowing where my values truly lie and sticking to them even when it takes me on a different path than most. It’s all about imagery, as I haven’t even looked at the titles on the cards yet to figure out what they are (and I don’t think I’m going to, because this intuitive hit from the imagery is too strong for it to be anything else).
Take Away: Sometimes you run up against people that have a very strong and persuasive presence and in the interest of wanting to align with them or “fit in” you can sometimes lose sight of what’s of most important to you. It’s important, at these times, to take a moment and connect with your personal values and moral compass and stand behind them, even if it means you have to leave these people behind and walk your own path on your own.
Deck Used: XIII Tarot by Neko