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How Can I Achieve Greater Wellness?

For the Winter Solstice, I created a workbook to ‘Welcome Wellness in 2017’ (you can download it for free by clicking the link).  Part of that included a tarot spread to explore different elements of life and how they influence your sense of wellness.  The different areas it looks at are: your thoughts, your motivations, your emotions, your physicality, and your spirituality.

I decided to use the spread for myself, with a slight modification.  Instead of just drawing tarot cards, I used the After Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2015) for the question of ‘How’ each area affects my wellness, and then I drew from the Elements of Recovery deck (Beverly King (2016) for some advice on ‘What to do about it’.

Thoughts – High Priestess + Honesty

My thoughts make me feel like I need to keep a certain distance, to be ‘invulnerable’ and silent, even if my wellness is an issue.  I recognise that in a number of areas, especially so-called ‘women’s issues’ like hormone imbalances and other gynaecological disturbances.  Even in the area of weight management, if I have a ‘bad day’, I don’t really like to talk about it.  After all, I’m a therapist, I’m supposed to help others and know what to do in these circumstances, right?  However, as is so often the case, knowing what you’re supposed to do and actually doing it aren’t always the same thing!

The Honesty card recommends talking openly with someone, but also points out that you should choose someone you trust, and who has something to share or teach.  So, it’s not about pouring out my troubles to anyone and everyone.  Instead, it’s a reminder to find someone, or maybe a specialist, to discuss my concerns with.  And a reminder that therapists have supervisors for good reason…

Motivation – Five of Cups + Gratitude

My motivations at the moment are causing me to get stuck in the past.  I want to work with issues I’m experienced with.  As the saying goes, though: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”

The solution is to focus on gratitude: what makes me want to jump for joy?  I recently read a book which suggested, instead of a gratitude journal, keeping a ‘smile inside’ journal.  Focusing on the present, one day at a time, and on the situations and people in that day that make me smile with joy is a good way to bring my focus back into the moment.  And it’s a good way to remember what truly motivates, me, too.

Emotions – Ace of Wands + Forgiveness

My emotions are encouraging me to jump into new projects, it’s that time of year, after all.  I read something, am moved by it, and want to give it a try for myself.  However, then I stumble across the emotional ruts I’ve long inhabited, which bounce me of the wagon-du-jour.  That leaves me feeling like a failure.

The solution?  I need to forgive myself for not being perfect.  And like the maple tree that must release its autumn leaves in the winter, I must accept that there is a time and a season for all things.  If I don’t succeed at the very first try, it may not be that the idea is wrong, or that I am too emotionally weak.  Perhaps the time is simply not right, and I have to figure out when it will be, or what will bring that time into being.

Physicality – Nine of Cups + Willingness

Ack, yes, I feel like that fellow in the Nine of Cups.  There’re so many physical delights that tempt me, yet I know that’s not the path to wellness.

The advice here is to be willing to make the leap, to trust my wings to the winds of change.  I may need to figure out where I want to fly to before I jump, though.

Spirituality – The Chariot + Hindrances

My spiritual practices give me a direction, they help me move towards greater wellness.  That only works, though, if that is the path I consciously choose to take.

How I can stay on the right path is by honestly recognising the hindrances, the obstacles that I face: the hooks that catch me.  My spiritual practices can help me with this recognition.  Self-reflection and meditation can assist me in spotting when I am getting hooked by habits or temptations that don’t serve my wellness.  They can also help unhook me, so long as that is what I set my mind to.  For example, meditation can help me release my attachment to certain things or situations.  And gratitude can help focus my attention on the good things in my life, so I stop obsessing about other things which do not serve me.

 

I’m really enjoying these cards from Beverly.  They cast a quite different light on things.  A bit like the idea that if you always use a microscope, you will always see one type of answer, whereas if you look through a telescope you will see the universe from a rather different perspective.

To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.

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6 Responses to “How Can I Achieve Greater Wellness?”

  • I’m thrilled that you are finding the Elements deck useful! I must say that combination of the High Priestess and Honesty really hit home for me. I have quite a few women I mentor in recovery, and it is very easy for me to get caught in ‘teacher mode’ and forget that sometimes I’m the one who needs to be asking for help and suggestions. It is one of the healthiest things I can do for myself!

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  • How on point the Elements of Recovery Cards are in this spread!
    I love the idea of keeping a ‘smile inside’ journal.! I will try that for myself too

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    • It’s funny, I realised that my evening gratitude practice was already “smile inside”, while my morning gratitude journal is a bit more variable. Interesting, the different ways of approaching gratitude. Someone else was saying that they often feel resentful of the word gratitude – like they should be thankful because they are so undeserving. Amazing how complicated we can make these things. Smile inside keeps it simple 🙂

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  • Oh boy, Bev”s deck looks fantastic paired with these cards. I wondered what the After Deck was like, it looks interesting.

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    • Bev’s deck does look great, and it reads really well 🙂 I really like the After Tarot, too. While quite a few of the cards are definitely not where I would have gone with the concept, even that’s good, as it highlights my own ideas and assumptions. It’s certainly interesting and innovative, while still feeling “traditional” 😀

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