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12 Days of Insight: Day 3

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~12 Days of Insight for a mindful and peaceful holiday season~

DAY 3: An Interactive Reading

Get grounded before you choose a card:

* Sit comfortably on a chair, or on the floor if you need to feel more grounded. Notice which parts of your body are touching the earth.

* Place you hands on your belly. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Begin to let go of thoughts as you become more aware of what it feels like to be in your body. When you feel calm and ready, open your eyes.

*Look at the four cards before you. Choose the first card that calls to you. Do you immediately gravitate to one of them? Does one of them give you a small reaction or feeling when you look at it? Without over-thinking it, choose that card. Start that process over again if you need to, before you choose your card.

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– – – SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet chosen a card,  go back and do so before you read on! This will make sure you get the most relevant, most important message for yourself today. 


Ready? (Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know which card you chose and how it resonated or inspired you!)

You can also follow @treetrunkwiseyoga on Facebook & Instagram to view this series.

Todays Deck: The Answer is Simple, Sonia Choquette
Reading and Photo by Rachael of Treetrunkwise

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Card 1 (Top Left): Take a Breather
The end of the year can be a hectic, busy time– especially with the holidays commanding so much of our attention. There are events to go to, extra shopping (and shipping!) to get done, extra work duties to wrap up before we take time off with our families… The list of things we feel obligated to do this time of year grows, and the list of expectations, stress, anxiety, self-criticism can grow, too. It’s tough to remember to take a moment to breath, let alone an entire piece of time carved out just for our own self-care.

This seems like an obvious message for this time of year, but it’s our reaction to it that gives it its meaning. Do we brush it off, unimpressed by its simplicity? Do we take a breath and then immediately roll back into the building snowball of chaos that is our day? Today, the message from this card is to ask yourself where in your life do you need to allow yourself a small break? Is it from the extra planning, the extra work, the constant critiquing of your actions or inactions? This card asks you to do something daring: Schedule time for yourself to truly take a break from it all, and then follow through with that time. Before you go into a panic wondering how you can carve out enough time, realize that even scheduling 5, 10, or 15 minutes for yourself (and nothing and no one else) can be revolutionary.


Card 2 (Top Right): Connect with Your Soul Family
Ah, the holidays, when not only spend more time than usual with family, but we raise our expectations of them– and of ourselves! Even if we’re not with family this year, it’s easy to fall into a thinking pattern of wishing we were or being disappointed that we’re not! Expectations of ourselves and those around us right now can easily get turned up to a blaring volume that’s difficult to be in the same room with. It’s important that we are taking time to connect with those special people who allow us just to be. Not to be impressive or perfect or judged or fulfilling a certain role, but to be relaxed and imperfect and present and messy, if need be.

This is not to say that the family you were born into is not your soul family, or that they are somehow inadequate. For some people, family really can be that place of wonderful letting go. For many, however– and regardless of how much joy we might experience from being with them– family represents a group of people where expectations and judgements run a little higher than usual, and where stepping into a certain role feels like a non-negotiable.

Whatever the case for you, take a few moments today to call to heart and mind some people who allow you to feel liberated from all of that. Reach out to them– call and leave them a special message of gratitude, send them a holiday card or a short note of appreciation, make a date with them for dinner or coffee. This card is asking you to recognize those connections and to give them some acknowledgment and gratitude. Your connection will brighten someone else’s day, and it will remind you of how it feels to be truly seen, heard, and allowed to be.


Card 3 (Bottom Left): Detox
What comes to mind when you hear the word “detox”? Green juice, a secluded cabin, and extreme case of self-deprivation? There are plenty of ways to detox, but first we must recognize what we are detoxing from. Yes, for many of us sugar and caffeine and alcohol are constant companions, and we often think to ourselves that “I should quit that.” Cleaning up our food choices is a great place to start, but it’s a loaded topic for a lot of us and this is a difficult time of year to be starting cleanses and diets and new sets of rules for ourselves.

It might be that what we most need detoxing from are all of the “shoulds” that have built up over time, all of the negativity that’s accumulated in our minds, all of the things we continue to indulge in (people, behaviors, social media) that make us feel bad. Often times, when we take a break from certain toxic environments or people, the healthier choices come a little easier, because we can better see and hear our own needs.

This card asks you to notice where you are feeling pulled in by forces outside of yourself and where you are feeling an excess of negative energy. There is so much suffering in the world and so many strong opinions being expressed– perhaps there are fights within our own families and judgments of others. Here is a reminder that we get to choose what we put into our bodies, our minds, our ears, and our energy fields. We get to choose to set aside time that allows us to feel some peace and some enjoyment of the moment. We get to choose who we spend time with, or at least how much time we spend with them. We even get to choose what we absorb during that time. Are there any choices you could make a little differently right now to allow for a cleaner, more positive you?


Card 4 (Bottom Right): Step Away from the Crowd
It’s easy to get swept up in the loud and crazy volume of the “holidaze”; indeed, the volume and divided opinions of our entire society have gotten louder and harder to resist getting swept up in all year long. But when does it get so loud, crowded, and busy that we can no longer hear the Universe speaking to us?

There are times when being part of a group is a supportive, helpful experience. Then there are those times when no one is even listening to anyone else and every one is placing demands and judgements on everything within sight. We are told what we should think, what we should believe, what we should feel, and what we should be doing better. In the beginning, we may try to comply with that outside voice, maybe even believing that we are trying to better ourselves in some way. But eventually, one voice turns into many, the volume and level of demand reaches a fever pitch, and we are no longer sure which voice, if any, is our own.

This card sends a clear message that time alone to reconnect with your own truth and voice is crucial right now. Time spent being creative or just relaxing is a great way to reconnect with the part of yourself that is steady, peaceful, wise, and clear. Break free of the online “crowd”, perhaps most of all– the posting, the liking, the sharing, the commenting, the countdowns, the top fives, the other top fives– all of these can eventually drown out the voice of our soul. Even if you don’t take time away from any certain crowd, this card asks you to look for the areas in your life in which you may have, at some point, started following a crowd and lost sight of your own truth. It’s time to get in touch with that truth and reclaim your own unique voice of expression in this world. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

I hope you enjoyed this reading. Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know which card you chose and how it resonated or inspired you! ~Rachael

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