Tarot and Mindfulness: Trusting Your Inner Voice
You may have heard the word mindfulness tossed around at one point or another. But what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is maintaining a moment by moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and your surrounding environment through a gentle and nurturing lens.
In this blog, we will explore the benefits of a daily mindfulness practice, particularly in relation to reading Tarot and tapping into your intuition.
Mindfulness offers a multitude of benefits for personal and spiritual development.
Higher level of self-awareness.
You are able to make better decisions
You are able to create positive changes
Feel more clarity and ease in everyday life
Better connection to your intuition, inner thoughts, and emotions
When you do a Tarot reading, you have the ability to create a deeply personal and meaningful experience for the person you are reading for. Mindfulness increases presence and helps you to tap into the wisdom of the cards, offering a warm and attuned connection, and providing valuable insights and guidance that resonate with their present situation.
Setting up a daily mindful practice is essential, even if you can only spare a few minutes a day initially. Here are some practical tips to get started.
Commit to setting some time aside each day
If you’re new to having a daily practice, start small and gradually increase it as you become more comfortable.
Choose a quiet place
This could be anywhere that feels like a nourishing and comfortable space, such as a corner of your room, in your garden, or any place you find peaceful. If you’d like to create a sacred container you may cleanse the area with incense or a candle.
Decide what mindfulness practices you want to incorporate.
Here are some examples:
Pull a tarot or oracle card for yourself, then reflect on the guidebook’s meaning and what its energy means to you.
Engaging in mindful movement
If you are ready to set up your mindfulness practice here is a FREE Tarot & Mindfulness Workbook to help you create the BEST practice for YOU. In this workbook you will find journal questions and ideas to help you get started.
Personally, I have received numerous benefits from starting my own daily mindfulness practice. Several years ago, I started a course on intuitive eating, and decided to start meditating. I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what I was going to get out of daily meditation, but I was committed to meditating outside on my Papasan chair every morning. I chose to do a 10-15 minute guided meditations each day.
Meditation changed everything for me. It was like I was walking through a swamp, until I wasn't.
My decision making was so much easier. I was so much more aware of myself, my body, and my surroundings. I was seeing life more clearly and with more color. My insecurities even started to melt away.
Sticking to a daily practice isn’t always easy. Here are some common pitfalls people tend to fall into when it comes to having a mindfulness practice.
Not having the time or space to set aside for dedicated practice
If you don’t have time to set aside for mindfulness and meditation - that’s ok!
Pick an activity you already do daily that you can do mindfully. An example is washing your hands. Every time you wash your hands throughout the day, do it mindfully. Feel the soap, smell the soap, feel the temperature of the water, and concentrate on your breaths.
You can incorporate this into any task or activity. Even chores like laundry, dishes, or cooking.
Turn off your devices and focus on your senses.
Thinking you must clear your mind
You can do so many things mindfully without being in a seated meditation with your eyes closed. Many people think this is the only way to meditate, but it’s not. As long as you’re focusing on your breath and five senses, you are meditating.
Treat yourself with kindness and compassion no matter what. If you miss a day, consider how you react. Do you criticize yourself with thoughts of failure, or do you respond with understanding? Choose the latter and remember that it’s ok to have off days.
Remember to start small and build your practice gradually. You might feel really inspired to do something and jump right in, with a “go big or go home” mindset. Oftentimes, however, this inspiration drops off because it ends up being too much. It’s very difficult to pull off a 30 minute meditation on your first day of meditation, because there is no structure in place yet.
As a bonus tip, consider joining a group or having some sort of accountability. Checking in with a friend everyday is a great way to stay on task. You can also meditate with us on TikTok Live every Wednesday and Saturday at 9am MT and receive a free oracle card pull afterwards.
Happy Mindfulness Journey!