Thursday, December 25, 2014

Two of Pentacles - Finding Balance and Harmony

Two of Wands yesterday, and Two of Pentacles today.

The Two of Pentacles speaks to me of balance, which is often one of the most difficult life lessons to learn, in a world of excess, especially during the holidays. Many get more than they could ever possibly need, to eat, drink, and on top of then having the consequences of going into debt for one day of the year. But I don't want to get onto a tangent about that.

What I am more concerned with is how I find a daily balance and harmony in my life, with my mind, body, and spirit year round. First I have to be grounded, and I do this through prayer and journaling long hand, which is a kind of prayer and meditation. I need to work on finding ways to relax especially through exercise. I also need to strive to have healthy stress in my life, instead of the kind that makes you want to pull you hair out or maybe pull someone else's hair out.

 I had a incident yesterday involving a very negative individual, that carried on into today, a person I hardly know, who seemed intent on fighting with me online. I refrained, and made it clear I was not going to argue, after all it is Christmas, and who needs that? I don't! I had enough of that in my life. If I obsess about these kinds of issues I simple breath life into the situation and I perpetuate my own stress.
Balance for me it is about getting my priorities right. First, and foremost, I need to take care of myself emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I need to set my boundaries, be clear about what is acceptable to me, what isn't, and act on that.

How I can find balance in my own life with the New Year 2015 on the near horizon.  I'm not one to make New Year's resolution as it is my opinion most of these that people make don't usually come to fruition. The old adage comes to mind;' The road to hell is paved with good intentions. '
For me balance is found in the everyday things I choose to do and need to do in order to develop good habits that will help me to take good care of myself. Oh I know what it is I need to do, question is, I have to ask myself, do I really want to do it, and how how important is it? What I want, needs to match up with what I do in my daily life. This is what I am going to strive for in the 2015.

I would very much like to know how others find balance and harmony in their lives.

Cactus and Mother Earth - Catherine Meyers


Ellen said...

This is a great subject to consider this time of year. For me it is most helpful to start everyday fresh. Set my intentions for one day and try to make the best of it
There is sometimes a huge difference between what I want and what I do, especially when I am tired or angry. And usually afterwards I know what I should have done. So I will try again the next day :D

thesycamoretree said...

First, a hug to you for refusing to argue with the online person; some people want to debate, not discuss, which just perpetuates bad feelings.
That card shows a man with an ax in one hand and a file or chisel in the other. One is used to lop off great portions, the other is used to finely adjust what one is working on. That reminds me to avoid the "all or nothing" mindset - definitely not in keeping with the idea of harmony and balance.
There are times when I'm so off-kilter, I can't do a sitting meditation. Long walks or yoga where I chant or focus on the breath help. I try to infuse my brain with beneficial books, CDs, etc. while avoiding mainstream media. Best wishes for a healthy, happy new year!

Unknown said...

Thank you Ellen. Yes for sure one day at a time. Hungry, angry, lonely, tired. HALT. That's a good acronym I remind myself of when I'm off kilter.
It's a grand blessing we can start our day over anytime! Hugs to you too Ellen! <3

Unknown said...

Thank you for the support Bev. When I encounter individuals and situations like this, I have such a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. Takes me a bit too get my barrings and figure out how to handle it.

I really love your interpretation of the axe and the chisel!
Yes all or nothing has been a mindset of struggle with me most of my life, and finally am making some headway with that after some hard work.

I know I have to get more exercise to work off my energy so it doesn't build up and then I blow a gasket! Step away from the gasket! She's gonna blow! LOL

Abundant blessings to you in the New Year Bev! <3