Our in house tarot reader Cristina, created this spread to give you a life compass or guide every month. Read on for August's spread with a theme inspired by the season of Leo.
1. What can I let go of that no longer serves me?
0 The Fool
Let go of your need to have a clean slate, or a do over. Living life from a fresh perspective has it’s place. Remembering that your imperfections are a springboard of deep inner knowing and personal wisdom, don’t be so quick to erase parts of your life that you think you regret. You are perfectly imperfect. Commit to yourself.
2. How can I develop my personal power?
II of Cups
It’s all about relationship. Whether new or old, we develop who we are through relationship. Every relationship is a teacher. Seeing ourselves through the eyes of another gives us the courage to live a genuine existence.
The job of the teacher is not to teach you the truth. You know the truth. The job of the teacher is, out of his practical life and experience, to remind you to live the truth. That’s all it is. There is nothing which you do not know.” - Yogi Bhajan
3. Where can I surrender to change?
III of Swords Reversed
Feel the pain. I know it’s cliche, but the only way out of the torment of change is through. The more you run away from your reality, or try to push forward instead of lean into, the longer the chaos rules. Know that whatever you are going through right now will not last forever. It will never last forever. Accept the impermanence of change.
4. How can I rebuild with healthy boundaries?
XVII The Star Reversed
Start with being kind to and for your body. Anyone who spends time on social media knows that it can get harder and harder to scroll and not be affected. Instead of ignoring yourself in the mirror, look with love, and wonder. Tell yourself that you are luminous every chance you get. When your thoughts begin to take on a negative tone, notice it and remember that it’s not true. It’s never true. Find balance with self-care. Yes, chocolate is necessary, but so is fresh air, sleep, water and exercise.
5. What energies can I look to for strength?
The energy of renewal and a deep understanding of the beauty that comes through death. The personal shedding of your own skin is hard work. You feel as the deeper you go, the less you recognize yourself. But it is you. It’s the expanded, free and healed you. The energy of death can be sudden or in most cases slow. In it’s slowness, we can lose consciousness. Stay conscious. Pay attention to the you behind the death of all of the layers covering your true nature.
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-- Allie Wharton
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-- Cristina Trinidad
In honor of National Meditation Month, I wanted to share some meditation basics, along with some tips to help get you started with your own home practice.
What is meditation?
Well, to begin, meditation is likely not as complicated and esoteric as you might imagine. In fact, you have probably already meditated if you’ve ever practiced Savasana at the end of your yoga class. (You know—that pose where you lay there on your mat after practice—and if anyone were to walk by, you would appear asleep.) In meditation, the goal is to quiet the mind, and then hold that quiet for a period of time. The intention is peace, calm, and cultivating space to allow your unique inner voice to speak.
Sounds simple, right? It is—sort of—but it takes some practice. For example, your first time sitting could be a meditation on how cold you are, or how many yoga blocks are on the shelf. You may even fall asleep the first few times you try. Instead of getting frustrated, or angry, try to simply accept that this is where you are in your meditation. Don’t berate yourself for it. Make an impartial note of how you felt this time, and then move on.
There are some do’s and don'ts of course:
Why do you need meditation?
The simple answer to this question is: for many, very personal and varied reasons. For me, meditation has been a series of a-ha moments. While doing a guided meditation on self love, a phrase was spoken for the listener to repeat to themselves: “I love you. I am listening.” I realized that I had never spoken those words to myself before. I strung them together for friends, family and even neighbors, but never myself. Why wouldn’t we be just as loving to ourselves as we are to others? I've learned that these questions and thoughts are the result of what meditation can bring to the surface.
Meditation is seemingly simple, as you truly need nothing more than a moment, and a seat. But look deeper and you’ll see that it’s not easy to sit still. In a world where we are always expected to be on, and moving, taking the time to “do nothing” seems to many people to be a waste. If you make meditation a frequent part of your life, you’ll notice that the business of life needn't be so. Your practice of alert stillness will help you live in the present moment, rather than the past or future. And why is this important? Well because life is happening right now. When we tune out on the present, we tune out on the very essence of life itself. Meditation is the answer for that.
How can you start?
There’s an App for that!
Apps are great because they can set reminders for you to keep up with your practice. (Finally, a notification worth paying attention to!) You are also introduced to different guided meditations that can be helpful to newer practitioners.
“It is never too late for any of us to look at our minds. We can always sit down and allow the space for anything to arise. Sometimes we have a shocking experience of ourselves. Sometimes we try to hide. Sometimes we have a surprising experience of ourselves. Often we get carried away. Without judging, without buying into our likes and dislikes, we can always encourage ourselves to just be here again and again and again.” From When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chӧdrӧn
Do you meditate? What are some of your tips that keep you coming back to your practice?