spirituality

HOW TAROT CARDS CHANGED MY LIFE

I was 14 years old when I purchased my first ever pack, Astrotarot by Russell Grant. Since then, a pack of cards has never been far from my side. My initial use of tarot cards was, of course, consumed wholly with what they could tell me about my love life. When my Wiccan dad and stepmum would read for me, all I was waiting for was the card that told me that true love was coming. Alright, forget true love, really I just wanted a nice boyfriend, a bit of a snog. Like many teenagers before me, the world revolved around me and my desires, and so for some time, that is how I used the cards; as prophesier of how likely or not I was to get hooked up. For years and years, those cards were barren on the boyfriend front. It was frustrating. But it reflected truth. Compared to many of my school frien...

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

I think sometimes we lose sight of things we love, things we cherish, things that are important to us and who we are. But in this moment and every moment, I choose to acknowledge these things and keep them before all else. Sometimes we get distracted by life, and that’s okay, but at the end of the day I choose my priorities. I choose my values, my relationships, my outlook and I choose my relationship with God. I urge all of you to choose these things, too. Or choose other things. Choose something; something to keep you grounded, humble, centered, heart happy and in love with life. I want to take this opportunity to talk about my relationship with God. Maybe this is a selfish article, so that I can see what my relationship with Him really is to me or how it could improve, but maybe i...

CROSSROADS

There’s a fire deep within my soul, causing a burning sensation I just cannot let go. What must this mean? I do not know. The feeling is coming from a depth within. Center of my chest where my heart lies feels light and hollow – but not in the disturbing, numbing sense of repressed emotion – but in a sense as if I let something troubling go. I walk a path less traveled, and along this path are dark shadows of neither certainty nor clarity. I wonder, as I pass these shadows, what they mean, what they are and what their purpose is on my quest. Sometimes I look briefly at an unclear shadow, but it dissolves and wisps away in silent grace. Sometimes I hear a hissing whisper say, “This is your destiny, I am your destiny, look at me!” but I do not turn my head at the trickster, for my intuition ...

MARCH TAROT MESSAGE: THE LOVERS

This month’s message comes to us on the wings of love with The Lovers. The Lovers represent union, reverence and deep transpersonal connection. The Lovers tarot card corresponds with the astrological sign of Gemini.  Both The Lovers and Gemini are ruled by air and represent choice, thought, communication and the ability to shape shift or change.  It is no coincidence that in this depiction from the Wild Unknown; the Lovers are two birds flying freely through the air, free to experience all from a higher prospective. Traditionally, The Lovers are complimentary aspects of the one.  They are where duality arises as a construct, in order to give ourselves a more expansive mental framework to understand the multi-faceted, dynamic nature of love and truth. Like the Chinese philosophy of yin and ...

MAGICOWSKI

I felt drained.   I felt lifeless and heavy.   The heat of my coming night in Rome felt like a daunting task on my to-do list. I couldn’t wait to run a line through it – a thick, black line symbolizing completion and riddance. I felt full, no desire to experience. There’s something to be said about the weight carried when your soul is filled full, but not fulfilled. The girls in my apartment were dolled up, already intoxicated and yelling abrupt, drunken woos in a Morse code I couldn’t crack. A futile attempt to fight back against the bubbling irritation in my system left me with a glass or two of bottom-shelf red wine in my hand. I didn’t travel to Rome to endlessly dwell in my room, after all. With lip-gloss applied, negative attitudes momentarily displaced and messy bun secured, I unkno...

A YEAR OF RECOVERY, DISCOVERY AND VULNERABILITY: COPING WITH AN EATING DISORDER & ANXIETY AS A MEDICAL STUDENT

I sat down today to write my 277th entry in my “2016 Mindfulness Journal” after revisiting the other 276 entries this past week. My intention is to reflect on how I learned to love myself by articulating the complexity of my emotions from my story, the tools I used to help me get to where I am today, and the lessons I have learned along the way. There were some entries that I wondered, “did I actually write that? I don’t even know who that chick is anymore!”  There were some entries that evoked strong emotional responses both sorrow and joy.  When I finished, I felt liberated from that incessant voice that constantly shouts, “Do more, you are not enough. Once you reach x, you will be your happiest.”   Tool #1: Journaling: Take a moment to reflect, invest...

LAST ROW ON A MINI PLANE

I was sitting a few rows behind a woman not much younger than me. She was dressed in a trendy brown skirt with a complimentary cream blouse. Her hair was dark brown and it looked blown out in a hurry. I admired her outfit and the fact she was wearing her hair down, because the thought of travelling in an airport exhausted me. I couldn’t imagine wearing anything other than jeans, a warm pullover and tennis shoes. My hair thrown up in a blonde bun. The brown haired woman looked so relaxed on the plane. This was definitely routine for her. She must travel for work I concluded. As the flight attendant was making her rounds through the cabin before lift-off, the brown-haired beauty whipped out her iPhone Plus and threw in some earplugs. Some of you may judge me for eavesdropping. Well judge rig...

BLIND WALKING

It feels as if I am walking, walking blindly into unknown territory; as if a cloth is over my eyes, and a gentle wind at my back forcing me to move forward. But I’m stuck. Is it fear? I think so. I feel as if I am being gently pushed off a cliff, a cliff I have walked patiently on for many moons – years maybe – pacing back and forth from the edge, afraid to get too close, afraid to peer over to see a hint of what could be there. But now there is a gentle wind behind me, forcing me to make tiny, awkward, clumsy steps forward. I have one foot on the edge of the cliff, steady and securely on the rocky ground, and one foot over the edge. I feel gravity pulling my foot out further, so that my leg becomes outstretched. My foot begins to lower, slowly giving into the gravity pull, slowly I begin ...

WAVES OF WANDERING FEET

Riding in the back of a truck where gypsy music soothes in the background Wind blows strings of hair across my face covering my sight and so I close my eyes as I feel the breeze smell the scents of grassy roots hear the Sea, waves crashing Carried by blistered feet due to two days of barefoot walks across the land town, garden, lava, pavement, tile and wooden floors I wait for the strengthened callouses to form   The soles of my feet have wandered streets homes of magical Spirits   We arrive to the sweet wooden Medicine cabin where air flows smoothly through our lungs At night, the lights around the bed light our dreamy state oh and when we wake, it is to the morning rays shining through the leaves of the fruity trees or to the raining sky pouring love onto the land!   Autho...

DEFINING YOUR HAPPINESS

Do you remember having to look up vocabulary words in English class? For me, it involved the use of a large hardcover dictionary; for some of you Dictionary.com or a similar website may have been your source. No matter what source was used, you found that most words were not limited to one definition, but often there were multiple meanings. Happiness is a trending term. It is a broad word that many try to define narrowly. Many self-help books have been written on it, public speakers hold seminars and conferences about it, life coaches offer their services to help guide you to it…. What does it mean? Just like many other words, happiness has more than one definition. Dictionary.com gives two: the quality or state of being happy is the first and most basic meaning, and the second is good for...

#SUPERWOMAN JOSIE SCHWEITZER | FOUNDER OF THANK YOGA TALKS TO HARNESS

Josie Schweitzer talks to us about finding her calling, letting go of her business and the transformative power of yoga In the early 2000s, Josie Schweitzer took her first yoga class in a basement in the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio. She was intrigued, but scared because the practice was not approachable. A few years later, in her 20s, she was introduced to a more challenging practice – and that’s when the art of yoga stuck. “The fact that I could go and sweat and feel like I’ve been worked in a lot of ways, kept me coming back to it,” Schweitzer said, who is also a runner and an adrenaline junkie. Yet, she knew there was more to yoga than just the physical benefits. “Once I started practicing, it only took a few months for me to get really, really curious as to why I was feeling...

ALL THAT YOU ARE

Getting up early on a freezing cloudy morning for work is extremely challenging, and the snooze button looks like the most tempting thing that exists… And then we have Mr. Benjamin Franklin, who solemnly affirms: “The early morning has gold in its mouth.” Who would disagree, but imagine waking up early on a Sunday morning? It’s nothing short of an unintentional irony…is it not the case? 7 a.m. reflections: I cocooned myself under the warm quilt and screwed my eyes shut, adamant to grab another hour of sleep, but a little over five seconds and it had me gasping for air! You know the momentary drop of oxygen levels in enclosed dark spaces?! So, I had to toss the covers to the side… Sometimes sleep can be like happiness, you know…The more you chase it, the more it eludes you...

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