Five ways to include tarot in your self-care practice

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For me, self-care is more than carving out a little quiet time for myself daily/weekly/monthly. It’s a way for me to self-reflect and self-soothe. When I’m feeling a bit wild and out of control, my self-care practices help ground my energy and view my situation from all perspectives. When I’m lost in my own sea of sadness, my self-care practices are a gentle reminder that I already have everything I need when I open my heart to myself.

A lot of these practices start with some simple self-reflection. And at its core, tarot is a tool for self-reflection. For those of us who find it difficult to just sit down and write in a journal, the tarot becomes a mirror for our experiences and lays a foundation where we can start to inquire more deeply. That’s why tarot has become such an integral part of my own self-care practices.

Today I want to share with you five ways you can include tarot in your own self-care practices too.

Self-care with tarot, five ways:

Pull a daily card

Simple, right? You can think of this as a daily meditation practice for those of you who “just can’t meditate” (which I basically call B.S. on, but that’s another rant for another time). This practice is perfect for tarot newbies to help them learn the cards in relationship to their own experiences (as opposed to rote memorization from tarot books). What my daily draw looks like: First thing in the morning, before I even get dressed and ready for the day, I sit down in my office and light a candle. I close my eyes and sit for about five minutes as a way to ground and center myself. Then I ask the question, “What card am I going to deepen my understanding of today?” and pull a card from the deck. Sometimes I’ll prop the card up on my desk so I can look back on it throughout my day while other times I’ll put it in the notebook I carry around in my tote bag if I’m on the go. Later, when the day is through, I’ll sit back down at my desk before bedtime and reflect on my day and the card I drew. I’ll notice if there were any correlations or similar threads and take a few minutes to write about what medicine that card held for me. Not only does this practice help me understand my deck better, but it also creates some structured self-care time in my day.

Include tarot in your monthly rituals (full moon, new moon, bleeding time, etc)

Milestone moments give us structure to see where we’ve been since the last milestone, where we’re at currently, and give us opportunity to dream of where we might be going in the future. Recurring events such as new moons, full moons, bleeding times, solar returns (birthdays), equinoxes and solstices are all perfect for tarot - the list goes on and on. There are hundreds of tarot spreads already created for milestone and ritual moments which make it an easy place to start for tarot newbies. One of my favorite resources for finding tarot spreads is Little Red Tarot. It’s a collective writing space that focuses on queer, non-binary, and femme voices and it’s creator, Beth, teaches the Alternative Tarot Course (my personal fave for beginners). When I was first starting with tarot, I would pull three cards on every new moon: past, present, future. I would track my card pulls from month to month and allow the patterns and messages to come through as I wrote about them.

Keep your deck with you on-the-go to soften difficult situations

Self-care is most needed when we’re going through something difficult. Maybe we’re struggling to communicate with our partner, just had a difficult conversation with our boss, or maybe we’re feeling lots of anxiety while out and about in our daily life. Keeping a deck on hand to pull a card or two in those moments can be a grounding and supportive practice to bring you back to center when everything feels like it’s falling apart. A few questions I like to ask in these sorts of situations are: 
What am I not seeing right now that can help me feel better about this situation? 
What medicine might this situation hold for me? 
What can I do in this moment to soften my fear/worry/anxiety/anger?

Pull cards to help choose herbal allies

Sometimes we pull cards as a way to open up a conversation or ask deeper questions. But sometimes we pull cards with the hope that they’ll just exclaim the answer to us loudly and clearly. (We wish, right?) When it comes to self-care, there’s a super fun tarot deck called the Herbal Tarot Deck (by the well known herbalist Michael Tierra) that does just that. Each card is represented by an herbal ally and I love playing with this deck when I’m feeling pulled to working with plants more. Of course, make sure you always work with a certified herbalist before taking herbs internally, but there are many other ways to work with these plants safely on your own too: You can find the plant out in nature and sit with it in meditation, include it in a bouquet of flowers in your home, work with the flower essence version (if it has one), or even read up about it in a materia medica. Get creative and have fun with it!

Spend time meditating with a specific card to connect to the medicine it holds

Sitting for twenty minutes while thinking about “nothing” can be extremely difficult for a lot of people (myself included). Our minds are curious creatures - they want to learn and expand and grow. That’s why one of my favorite ways to meditate is to sit and have a conversation with a tarot card. Sometimes this will look similar to traditional meditation (seated at my altar with a acard). After I ground and center I’ll start to ask the card questions and see what answers bubble up in response. There’s no “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions - it’s more about getting in conversation with the card and seeing what feels true to you. 

Another way I’ll meditate with a card is through Breathwork. When I’m deep in my Breathwork practice I feel more connected to the all-knowing of the universe than ever - and answers to my questions come easily and without judgement. I love connecting to the archetypes of the tarot through Breathwork because it deepens my understanding of the cards in a way that prioritizes love, healing, support, and deep medicine as opposed to fear or anxiety. This is especially helpful when working with traditionally “scary” cards such as the Devil, the Tower, or Judgement. 

If this way of connecting to the cards sounds up your alley, I invite you to join me for a series of group Breathwork circles where we’ll be connecting to the first four archetypes of the tarot: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, and The Empress. Each week we’ll use the breath to deepen our relationship with these cards and harness the power of trust, creative manifestation, intuition, and embodiment.

To learn more and sign up about Embodying the Tarot with Breathwork series, click the event photo below.
 

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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Mind, Muscle, Movement Podcast Interview

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed (for the second time!) by Lindsey Heiserman on her podcast, Mind, Muscle, Movement. She had participated in my 7-Day Breathwork Challenge in January and was super excited to dive in and chat all about it.

In this episode Lindsey share's her own experience with Breakthwork, I share mine, and I explain how this work can benefit everyone. I also share some of the life-changing things that have happened to me after being introduced to this work.

Take a listen to the episode below.

(And if you dig it, check out our first interview together on episode 49 of her podcast.)

Want to see what the fuss is all about? Try Breathwork with my free 7-Day Challenge!

*The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.
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5 Ways Meditation Can Benefit Your Creative Business

We've all heard the benefits meditation can have on our health (lowered blood pressure, better sleep, less anxiety, etc), but have you ever stopped to think about the benefits your business could gain from regular meditation? 

I know from my experience working with creative business owners that it's a lot easier for them to implement a new habit, like meditation, if they know and believe that it will improve the bottom line for their business. Because, while we'd like to think that we take on new habits to improve ourselves, more often than not we creative entrepreneurs take on new habits to improve our businesses. 

No need to feel shameful about this - I do this myself. I'd like to say that I've read a great fiction novel lately, but in reality most of my down-time reading has something to either do with health, energy, or marketing.

Creative bosses like you and me know that our businesses are a part of who we are - not separate from who we are - so by improving our businesses we are inevitably improving ourselves as well (and vice versa). 

So today I want to make a case for meditation's benefits on the other part of your life - your business.

Five ways that meditation can benefit your creative business: 

Meditation boosts creativity.  

You might think that the purpose of meditation is to clear your mind of all thoughts and activity, but that’s not totally true. Meditation can boost your creativity by giving your brain the freedom to roam, explore, and find new and interesting connections. 

Getting still and quiet in our minds removes all the chit chat that is constantly swirling around in our brains - mindless information like to-do lists, fears and anxieties, even wondering what we’re going to make for dinner. Clearing out these needless thoughts frees up valuable real estate for the brain to use. It’s actually like pruning a bush. When you cut back the dead leaves and branches, you’re able to see the young, healthy growth that was hiding underneath.

Think of the last time you came up with a totally amazing idea for a blog post, course, or workshop. You were probably at the gym, in the shower, out for a walk, or enjoying time with friends. Our brain doesn’t come up with our greatest ideas on command like a dog. It does its best work when it’s allowed to roam free off its leash. Here’s a guided meditation to help you boost your creativity. 

Meditation quiets down the noise.

Do you ever feel like there are dozens of little voices in your head, all trying to get your attention at the same time? Between reminding yourself of various tasks, to our inner critic voicing its constant comparison and criticism, to the external voices of the media shouting at us all day via technology, we have lots of noise aimed directly at us day in and day out.

I talked about how I’ve been dealing with this recently in one of my Health Notes. Turning off and tuning out the noise isn’t always an easy task, but it’s absolutely necessary if you want your creative business to succeed. 

Meditation not only helps us quiet down the noise, but it also helps us trust our intuition and stop second guessing ourselves. When we tune out the distracting noise of comparison, we’re able to weigh and measure our work on our own terms and through our own values.

Meditation lessens anxiety and depression.

One thing I’ve learned from working with clients living with anxiety and depression over the years is that anxiety is all about focusing on the uncertainty of the future, whereas depression tends to focus on actions and regrets of the past. Meditation helps us focus on the present.

By concentrating on the breath (or a mantra, or a candle, or any other point of focus during a meditation), we tune out everything but the here and now. 

Our brain does its best creative work when it's allowed to roam free (click to tweet!)

Meditation teaches you: Practice, not perfection.

It’s called a “meditation practice” for a reason. Meditation is a constant practice, not a thing you can perfect. This is a great lesson for creative business owners because we typically tend to be victims of our own perfectionist tendencies. I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve put off hitting “send” on a newsletter or “publish” on an blog post because I thought it needed one more revision. 

Procrastination due to perfectionism will only hold your business back in the long run and participating in activities where there is no such thing as perfection will help you feel more comfortable with the obvious discomfort that lies in seeking something that isn’t attainable.
Does a fear of not meditating “correctly” or a belief that you “just can’t meditate” keep you from starting a meditation practice? Check out this video where I (gently) call bullshit on this belief.

Meditation gives us time to process.

We're constantly taking in information and data. We consume content in blogs, podcasts, and courses as if we’re starving for information, but almost never spend time processing the information in order to use it really effectively. 

When’s the last time you set aside 15-20 minutes after reading a blog post to sit down and put that new knowledge to use? When do you actually put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and practice your new skill? 

Our brains can only hold onto so much information at once? Eventually old information that isn’t being used gets deleted for new, exciting information. It’s the ultimate shiny object syndrome going on in our brains. 

The easy fix for this? Block off 20 minutes to put your new knowledge into practice the same day you learned it.

To finish:

If you’ve been thinking about trying meditation, but don’t see how it could benefit you, I hope this list has opened your eyes to how giving your brain a break can support your creative practice. If you’ve been feeling creatively blocked recently, try taking your brain off its leash more regularly and see what benefits come up for you.

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!

Episode #4: Meditation Confessions

Topics:

  • You don't have to want to "sit and meditate" (I don't!)
  • Other ways to meditate
  • Benefits of taking a walk, working on puzzles, and other tasks that can help you to let your thoughts go.

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Shownotes:

  • Spend 10 minutes away from technology and get “in the zone”
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**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!