I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tenderizing the Heart

From the Prisma Visions Tarot, the Nine of Chalices; from the Secret Language of Color Cards, 'Pink:'
Nature teaches us simplicity and contentment because in its presence we realize we need very little to be happy. Mark Coleman

          A man relaxes on a bench and enjoys the colors of a sunset. Contentment, a feeling of peaceful satisfaction is found only in the moments when we are paying attention. Though it won't last forever, the booklet reminds us to treasure it so that the memory can bring us joy even on gray, rainy days. Pink suggests we 'let love in,' or allow our hearts to be tender and vulnerable rather than hard and protected. The practice of tonglen - visualizing that we are breathing in the suffering of others as we inhale and sending them comfort as we exhale - is a wonderful tool for tenderizing hearts. Though it seems like we might add to our own suffering, it has the opposite effect. By placing our attention on others, the anxiety and fear fueled by self-absorption have a chance to fade.

The end of fear is where we begin
The moment we decided to let love in.
~ Goo Goo Dolls

May all beings in the path of Hurricane Michael find shelter and safety.



2 comments:

  1. in the course of my life time I've gone from too tender a heart to too hard a heart. Too easy to get hurt in the middle ground.

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  2. I hope you are safe and well, all things considered.

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