So a friend on Facebook posted five simple statements. I don’t know where she got them from and an internet search yielded results from rumi to Deepak Chopra to a blogger named Mary Lou. If anyone knows the source, let me know.
The statements were:
- Embrace Joy
- Inspire Hope
- Cultivate Love
- Build Intimacy
- Celebrate Life
Such easy statements to say or write. But to live? I think there are a few challenges there. Y’all know I am all about seeking joy. I hope that I inspire people to try harder when things are bleak.
I know I get down on myself when I am not joyful. One of the reasons I beat on myself is because I feel like I’m letting others down. If I espouse “Seek joy, y’all” and make huge commitments like “I’m a professional joy seeker”, then what does it mean when I’m screaming at another driver?
Today it meant that I realized that few minutes of releasing rage made me feel better. I know the woman I was shouting at couldn’t hear me. She was safe from my anger. I didn’t hold on to the anger either. When I walked into work today, I didn’t have all that residual rage clinging to me.
Anger, and the expression of it, is something I really struggle with. Because of my background in an abusive relationship, I have avoided anger. It is something that can still paralyze me emotionally and physically. In a way, I can identify with that dog that has had a great life for many years but still flinches if someone raises a hand suddenly. The memory is there. The reality is that I have been pushed/yelled at/struck in anger. I react instinctively, just like that dog.
In a way, my Seek Joy, Y’all campaign is my way of empowering my self to not worry about anger–mine or others. It happens. It is natural. It can be expressed and released. Just because someone is angry doesn’t mean I will end up balled up in an attempt to protect myself. Every swing of the foot is not aimed at me.
But those five statements that my Facebook friend posted challenged me in other areas as well. So I thought what a great Tarot spread idea! Because my friend’s last name is Bloome, I’m calling this the Blooming Life Spread.
- Card 0: Querent’s current center
- Card 1: Embrace Joy
- Card 2: Inspire Hope
- Card 3: Cultivate Love
- Card 4: Build Intimacy
- Card 5: Celebrate Life
- Card 6: Live Authentically
Card 0 is the center card where you are right now. It is your center–your balance. This is a check-in to see if you are on the track you want to be on.
Card 1 shows you how you are embracing joy already. It is a positive reinforcement of things you are already incorporating.
Card 2 shows you how you inspire hope in others. This is about your outward reflection of you. This may show you ways to volunteer to help others or maybe an area where you can work a bit more to be inspirational to others.
Card 3 reminds you that love must be worked on. Think of it as a garden. It needs light and love and water as well as a continual mindfulness about what weeds you allow to grow.
Card 4 helps you bring more intimacy to your life. There are things you can do to be more intimate with yourself as well as others.
Card 5 gives you a spotlight on something you need to celebrate. This may be something you are already celebrating or it could be something that needs a bit more “whoo hoo” from you.
Card 6 is my addition to this initial statement. I hear this a lot lately. So-and-so is authentic. They do what they say. It’s my heartfelt desire that I am an authentic person. So this card is to point out how we can be more authentic in our every day life.
Check back on Sunday. I’ll post the reading I did for myself with this spread. I’d love to hear from you about this spread. If you try it out, feel free to link your post here or just share your thoughts. Whatver you like.