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, May 20, 2020

Regret, Rewind, Regret

From the Sacred India Tarot, the Nine of Arrows (Swords); from the Land Sky Oracle, Pranayama:
          Bhisma (Bheeshma) was a mighty warrior and excellent archer in a battle against people he didn't want to fight. His king had already accused him of not fighting at his full strength, so Bhisma secretly told his opponents how to kill him and help end the conflict. He would refuse to fight anyone who was or had been born before as a woman. Faced with such a person, he allowed himself to be shot full of arrows by his opponents (who complied but were conflicted about this course of action). Pranayama is the control of the breath in yoga. These breathing exercises can increase breathing ability, relax or rejuvenate, and help one practice concentration. Life is full of situations that put us between a rock and a hard place but require a choice. Once decided and acted upon, there's no going back. But pranayama is an option to rein in the mind rather than getting hooked by overwhelming regret. In the words of Shantideva, “If you can solve your problem, then what is the use of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”