Does It Permeate Your Being?

Shiver. I felt that statement down to my bones, y’all. Down to my marrow. It felt like one of those Moments From God (reverberating voice). As if the Universe had pulled me to that picture at that time to experience the word of my Deities.

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Today’s card is one of my Zentangles. This is one of my zendalalas (Zentangle in a mandala form). I had so much fun doing this. Now when I come back to it, I love it still.

If this were a Tarot card, it would be the Four of Wands. I see it as a coming together of disparate things creating something of beauty.

Yesterday, Leonie Dawson said this on one of her Instagram photos, “When I really sit with it, I see how my life is an opportunity to experience beautiful places and make art. Beauty is everywhere… We gotta be the sentinels that watch for it, seek it, let it permeate our being.”

Shiver. I felt that statement down to my bones, y’all. Down to my marrow. It felt like one of those Moments From God (reverberating voice). As if the Universe had pulled me to that picture at that time to experience the word of my Deities.

This wasn’t a whisper. It was a clarion call to action. I feel that way about joy. We must watch for it, seek it, let it permeate our beings. Yes, Leonie, yes, yes, yes.

So how will you watch for beauty today? How will you seek joy? Will it come on a bright red bird’s wing? The chocolate-coated smile of a child? A wave from a driver you’ve never met telling you to come ahead? A snail leaving a shimmering silvery trail across your sidewalk? A crumpled up newspaper you pick up and throw away so someone else doesn’t have to do it?

What will you do today to make beauty and joy happen in your world even if only for three minutes? 180 seconds of joy. 180 seconds of beauty.

I know we can do this. I know the JoyPatrolAlert members will spread the word. Grab your 180 seconds. Then share the message with one other person. Tell them to seek joy for 180 seconds then pass it on.

The key here? The trick? The Secret?

Joy accumulates. It piles up. Each tiny piece builds until it crowds out negative thought. We are retraining our brains to seek joy instead of dwell on the bad. Because the bad exists. We are just rewiring our hearts to seek joy, y’all.

Are you with me?

Zendala #31, Arwen Lynch, August 2012

Seek joy,y’all. Pass it on.

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Fire, Missiles & Seeeekrits

But I let that go as I sat there on the bed. I wanted to be open to the message of the Universe. I laughed out loud when I saw this familiar baby snake staring at me.

gaianacefireToday’s card comes from my work with the 2013 Create Your Incredible Year workbook+planner. One part is a reading for your year ahead. I’m loathe to look to far into any year (my clients know this since I prefer to do 3 month or 6 month look-aheads to full years).

So I focused on “What is my theme for January? What is the main message?”

Using my beloved Gaian Tarot, I got quiet then pulled. I had to work on steadying my mind since I was, I’ll admit, a bit afraid I’d pull one of the harder cards due to yesterday’s unhappiness. I spent most of the day in a fog. I went to bed early as well and slept for nearly 9.5 hours.

But I let that go as I sat there on the bed. I wanted to be open to the message of the Universe. I laughed out loud when I saw this familiar baby snake staring at me.

Joanna says, “A snake has just broken his way out of an egg and is encountering the world for the first time. Because of his ability to shed his skin and emerge in a new one, Snake has long been a symbol of renewal and transformation. In the background we see sparks shooting from a hidden flame, symbolizing the fires of creativity, sexuality and empowerment.”

I say, “WHOO HOOO! January is going to rock, y’all.”

Because of the work I’m doing with this workbook from Leonie Dawson, I’ve got some big plans for next year that include a workbook on seeking joy as well as the launch of my nearly-completed Hero’s Journey book. There’s another book as well in the works.

I see January’s Ace of Fire energy as the seed to all of that. I’ll be using that creative fire to launch my joy-missile self into outer space, y’all.

Did you know that one of my big dreams for 2013 is to hear one specific person say, “Seek joy, y’all!” ? Can you guess who it is?

What’s your big theme for January? How are you going to launch your own joy-missile self into the new year? Or whatever you see your missile self as? I’d love to hear about it.

Don’t forget! When you get your workbook+planner, let me know. I’ll get you added to our seeeekrit Facebook group.

Remember this today. I love you.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Ace of Fire, Gaian Tarot

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Mama, Joy & Flowers

Professional joy seekers start their day wondering how they will spot that first bit of joy.

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Today’s card is not a card. It’s a reminder that professional joy seekers don’t give up. Professional joy seekers start their day wondering how they will spot that first bit of joy. I am offering this up as encouragement for you to do this today and every day.

This hibiscus was blooming on my porch yesterday morning. I have a large pot where two small hibiscus plants are growing. I’ve had them since last year. One is red and the other was an unknown. I got such joy when I saw the vivid orange the first time.

It’s one of my favorite flowers along with the gladiola. One reason is that my mama loved the hibiscus. I smile when I see them. Because of this flower, I’ve learned that beauty can be fleeting—they fade so fast in the summer heat. This one will have more days due to the fall we are having.

So how will you answer the question “How will you seek joy today?” Feeling lost and alone? You are not. I’ll help you find that joy if you like. Message me to schedule a reading.

Just need a daily reminder? Click on the image to get to a desktop image. Right click and choose “use as background” to make this your desktop wallpaper.

Seek Joy, Y’all. Pass it on!

November 6 Hibiscus, personal photo collection, share as you like but don’t alter the image.

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Losing, Loving & Living

Today’s card is not a card but a picture I took. My love and I were walking by the river Sunday morning. we came into a small, secluded area where we saw this. A skirt. A napkin. A cork. A glass.

I can only assume that good times were had by all.

It reminded me to live with abandon. There are situations that call for sex in the midnight grass. There are situations that call for being so enamored of someone that you forget your proprieties…and your skirt. Even a lovely skirt like this one.

In extrapolating this situation, I had to grin thinking of that walk back to the hotel. How did she get back in? How did she manage to not be seen? Did her partner wrap her in a jacket?

Today, do one thing with abandon. Throw caution to the wind. Tell your inner editor to shut the F up. Don’t worry about what others think. Just do something for you and you alone.

Live with abandon. I can see this being a very good thing every now and again. You?

“Losing it in Little Rock”, Picture by Stephanie Arwen Lynch, 2012

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Snowflakes, Smiles & Shopping

Today’s card is another Zentangle piece. It’s my reminder that there are as many ways to find joy as there are types of chocolate. Each of us comes at this from different directions. We each have different things that make us tick.

What makes you happy? What makes you smile? I have a friend who gets a lot of joy from shopping. Shopping for herself. Shopping for a friend. Shopping for an unknown family to donate to. She loves to shop.

I am not a shopper. I can do it every now and again, but all in all? I don’t like it. I’d rather do it online. I like to read. It brings me joy to shut out the whole world while I lose myself in a good story. I know people who would think that was the worst of tortures.

So we are all unique snowflakes. What is your happy? What is your smile about today?

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Tarotscopes for August 19 – 25, 2012

Here are this week’s Tarotscopes. Thanks so much for sharing them on your walls, in your groups and with your friends. See the bottom for a $10 off special!

  • AQ 6Air Talk w/ friends. Listen. Move together. Create connection w/ spirit by welcoming each day w/ intention. Make it count.Success
  • PIC 2Air Shhh. Less talk. More listen. Quiet yr mind. Messages are abundant if U can still that monkey brain. Hard decisions easy.
  • ARI 9Fire Alignment isn’t just for tires. Take stock of yr energy. Scattered? Small moments of tea & music can bring U peace.
  • TAU Awakening Check in w/ spiritual self. Transcending imminent. Ready? Open up to next level of YOU. Take ownership to succeed.
  • GEM Tree Stop. Be still. Address what U must sacrifice for what U want. Meditation/contemplation best. The more silence the better.
  • CAN 6Wtr Find friends. Reminisce. Some sorrows are helped by remembering the joy instead of the sad.
  • LEO 5Air Keep an ear out for those who would like to engage U in their high-level competitions. Avoid those who are all roar & no do.
  • VIR Empress Enjoy the harvest. Realize the abundance is yours because you worked for it. Creativity brings you what you need.
  • LIB 9Wtr Heart’s desire. What’s that? Have U checked in w/ yrslf lately? Focus on what fills U up. Make that happen more. A lot more.
  • SCO KngAir Don’t miss the messages because U are talking too much. Pay attention please. This time it’s important. Engage prayers.
  • SAG KngEarth Don’t start what U won’t (not can’t) finish. Harvest time requires that U work hard. Play time later. Finish things.
  • CAP PgFire Free yr child self. Explore what sparks U. Investigate passion. What makes U feel alive? loved? Do much more of that.

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Sparks, Cogs & Grease

Today’s card reminds me that if I can’t find this one thing in life, nothing really works. It is as if it is the grease in my cogs. No, it’s actually not joy that I’m talking about. It’s passion.

This is the Ace of Bows from the Wildwood Tarot. It is called “the spark of life”. You can have arrows (intentions). You can have a bow (will). If you don’t have the oomph to pull the bow, then nothing happens.

Make something happen. Spark your own interest. If what you are doing now doesn’t grab you by the throat? Do something else.

I know it isn’t that simple. And I’m not talking about walking off your job, away from your life. I’m talking about recommitting to where you are now. Recommit to making it fun for you. Even it it is in small ways.

Remember that joy piles up. It accumulates. It becomes an avalanche that sweeps you up and carries you forward.

But it isn’t “think about joy.” It isn’t “consider joy.” Nope. It’s SEEK JOY. This is an active verb, y’all. It’s about passion. It’s about making it happen for yourself.

So pull that bow, babies. Draw back and let it fly. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Ace of Bows, WildWood Tarot, 2011

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Tarotscopes for July 22-28, 2012

 

  • AQ 10Fire Burn it up. Fast moving wk. Watch kneejerk reactions, plz. Some forest fires are necessary to burn out the deadwood. Sorry.
  • PIC 4Earth Good wk to stockpile resources. Enjoy the harvest but do put a bit back for later. Mark yr trail. Others following.
  • ARI 3Fire Dance. Burn. Show off yr beautiful self. Be the Diva. Be the Boss. This is about yr internal ETERNAL flame. Being noticed.
  • TAU 4Fire Sacred intent. Sacred purpose. Sacred standing of yr ground. Passion moves U but determination sustains U. Feed U 1st.
  • GEM ChFire Let curiousity spark. Allow yrslf to experience childlike joy. Go to the playground. SWING, BABY, SWING. Play hard.
  • CAN ExEarth Farmers Markets. Boutiques. Greasy spoons. Time to wander yr own streets. Stay close to home but wander. Explore.
  • LEO 9Fire What balances U? What pulls U off center? Serenity comes w/ the demand that U focus on yr passion first. Put U in front.
  • VIR 8Air Time to sit down w/ them. Family mtg may be called. Listen w/ an open heart. Not attacking. They want to fix this.
  • LIB ExWater Don’t let yr emotions ride U. Do move forward. Internal trip necessary. Don’t treat this as unimportant. Momentum counts.
  • SCO GrdWtr Will U allow yrslf to go deeper into this relationship w/ yrslf? Will U nurture U 1st? Will U let them swim their own way?
  • SAG 7Air Time to focus on the journey again. Time to intentionally seek higher ground. Wavering not yr friend. Stay the course.
  • CAP Justice Scales are impartial. U cannot protect all. Choose whom/what U stand for carefully. Yr reputation rides on this.

The secret to being a pro joy seeker? It piles up. It accumulates. So get some bling to show off yr joy seeking.

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Stockpiling, Zombies & Joy

Today’s card makes me laugh even though I think it isn’t supposed to. A traditional meaning of this card is make a wish or getting one’s heart’s desire. I think this gal isn’t just hoping to get her desire. She’s planning on it.

Locked and loaded, the 9 of Coins from the Zombie Tarot by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham (Quirk Books, 2012) shows a woman determined to stay alive. I think this is a fine example of how to put this card’s energy to good use.

I mean it’s grand to have a wish. It’s spectacular to know your heart’s desire. But what are you going to DO for it? Are you going to get active? Are you going to protect it from all comers (even brain-eating ones) once you have found it?

I don’t think our pretty woman is going anywhere. She’s got the radio to stay tuned to any broadcasts. Her back is to the sea. She’s got the pump action rifle in her hand. She’s wrapped up to stay warm. Now all she has to do is survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

What will you do to keep your heart’s desire? What actions can you take today to start stockpiling your own joys? Put some memories aside so when you have to hunker down for the hard part of this journey, you have some ammunition handy.

9 of Cups, Zombie Tarot, Quirk Books 2012

Seek joy, Y’all! Pass it on.

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