kallistixf: (tarot)
From time to time I've tried doing a "gratitude journal", a daily record of things I'm grateful for (1, 2, 3).  Unfortunately, my efforts have always trickled off after a few days or weeks.  So inspired by a presentation that Leeza Robertson at NWTS this year, I've decided to integrate my gratitude with part my daily draw of tarot cards.

For the last several months, I've been drawing three cards for a daily draw.  When it's three cards, I use the "multiple lenses" approach that Mary K. Greer suggests in Tarot for Yourself: looking at the cards as representing past/present/future, body/mind/spirit, subconscious/conscious/superconscious as well as several other ways of looking at the three positions I've come up with on my own.  So it's easy enough to add in one more way of viewing the cards, complementary to the others: the reasons I'm grateful.

Here was my daily draw today, using James Wanless' Voyager Tarot

Courage, Art, Emperor

Indeed, there's a lot to be grateful for.  Here's the list I came up with:
  • the courage one of my family members is showing in a challenging situation
  • the courage that I've had to work on an extremely difficult (but very fulfilling!) problems
  • the courage others have who are also on this path
  • the beauty of art others have created and I can appreciate
  • the chance to create art on my own
  • the beauty of some of the art i've created myself
  • the opportunity to live my life as a work of art
  • the power i have
  • the empowerment I can give to others
  • my abilities at planning and structure things
After doing this for several days, I've noticed a few things.  A big plus is that it fits very naturally in with my morning ritual; it's not hard to remember or make myself do this.   [Of course I don't do my daily draw every single day, so I'll probably skip the gratitude aspects sometimes as well; oh well, not the end of the world.]  A downside is that what I'm giving gratitude for isn't related to specific events or people.  Once I've gotten a little more experience, maybe I'll try to tweak the approach to address that (perhaps revisiting right before I go to sleep and adding in specifics for the events of the day?).  For now, though, if I can keep up doing this regularly, I'll be quite happy.

So my gratitude to Leeza for the suggestion, to Mary K. Greer for the framework for daily draws, and to James Wanless for the Voyager cards!

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