Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Focus on Yourself

I drew the Four of Swords card again today. Its message is so different now than it was two and a half years ago when it came up on the road trip with Melissa.

Thanks to Al-Anon and even to spending more time with Tarot cards, I am so much better at focusing on myself. Way back when, the Truce card seemed to be about situations with other people, and of course, it still could be. But the "four peaceful principles" that it refers to, are such a great way for us each to relate to ourselves. Who better to experience a truce with than yourself?

I will use the Truce card as medicine for everyday. Everyday, I will: 1. Show up 2. Pay attention 3. Tell the truth (especially to myself!) and, 4. I will (do my best to) not be attached to outcomes.

I don't always like it, but *everything* is a reflection. If you want other people to be present with you, be present with yourself. If you want other people to pay attention to you, you need to pay attention to yourself. If you want other people to be honest with you....you get the idea. I am by no means an expert on this, I still need a lot of practice, and it can still feel very challenging. But I sincerely agree with Aldous Huxley when he said, "There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." And before I can improve myself, I need to show up for myself.

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