Before becoming a card slinger, I used to work in mental health. I’ve done stints at crisis hotlines and women’s shelters as well as working in detox for a few years.
In other words, I’ve spent a good hunk of my professional life talking to people in crisis or supporting those who’ve had some sort of major emotional challenges. The training and experiences from this time has proven to be an unexpected blessing.
One thing I’ve noticed consistently: experiences at the more extreme ends of the spectrum will always change people. That’s a given. But HOW those experiences change people varies tremendously. For some, it shuts them down. For others, it opens their heart. That “how” part is largely a personal choice.
If you are feeling a heavy weight of the collective stress right (as many sensitive folks are), I’d encourage you to consider on how you’d like to wear the experience, longer term. Maybe the personal impact isn’t such that you consider the experience “extreme.” I hope that’s true! But no matter what, there is a collective stress right now and it seems to be impacting almost everyone in one way or another.
There aren’t right or wrong feelings–any emotional reaction can be justified–but there are certainly more or less comfortable feelings. I’m going to lean into thoughts and feelings of kindness, compassion and optimism over the coming weeks. If I’m to be changed by any of the experiences in this weird time we’re living, that’s how I want it to change me.
Next week is the perfect time to start practicing this.
Next Week in the Cards
For outlook next week, we’ve got the Hanged Man reversed. Advice is coming in as The Fool, both from the Crystal Visions Tarot.
The collective vibe next week is characterized by sometimes wavering faith–it’s tidal, comes and goes–and an environment where people feel driven to act without clear indication of what action to take. I wouldn’t need to be psychic to predict unease and restlessness, but I’m predicting it anyway.
The Fool as advice next week is ridiculously appropriate. We’re unchartered territory. It feels risky for good reason. But acknowledging risk is very different from becoming overcome by fear. It always behooves us to do the best we can with whatever we have to work with. And if we can cultivate a sense of adventure along the way? All the better!
The Fool steps into the unknown with a full heart and curious mind, understanding there will be challenges along the path. It’s all part of the process of living and growing and becoming. No one undergoes the Fool’s journey unchanged. So we’re not even looking at that question.
Instead, the question to ask is, “How will it change you?”
Look for opportunities to ground yourself, care for your fellow humans, and find something to be grateful for amidst the stress. There is plenty of both ugly and beauty in the world every single minute of every single day. We choose where to aim our attention. Choose well.
Be safe out there, friends. ♥
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