Earth-Centered Practices for Everyday Mystics, Healers, & Creatives

Changing one’s mind, er, feelings, er, actions

in Gaian Tarot, Island Life, Spiritual Practice

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about how to change my feelings when I’m gloomy or discouraged or depressed.  Because, whether or not we’re a fan of The Secret, it does seem to be true that a positive mental attitude affects . . . everything. At least it does in my experience.

One of the key tools to feeling positive is, of course, the practice of gratitude.  Most of us know this, although it’s so easy to forget.  I woke up feeling grumpy today and made myself start thanking the Great Mystery for all the blessings in my life before I even got out of bed — my body, my health, my family, my friends, good books to read, great music to listen to, the arrival of Spring . . . and on and on and on . . . but that didn’t completely change my feelings.  It was more like I was doing it by rote.

So I turned up my Tarot card of the day, asking “What wisdom and inspiration do I need today?” and received the 3 of Earth.  Which made me start grinning, since I’d just received several emails and comments telling me how much people like this card.  And . . . I had plans to go walking with my neighbor who was one of the models for the card.  So I took the message of the card to be the wisdom of sisterhood, and I put on my rain gear and headed out the door.

We walked down to the beach, chatting about this and that, occasionally stopping to wipe raindrops off our glasses.  The storms had tossed up great tangles of bull kelp onto the shore.  We both found pieces of beach glass right away — and then found another, and another, and another. Handfuls of beach glass!  I found a large white one, shaped like a triangle, that ancient symbol of the Goddess.

So . . . between the gratitude list, the fortuitous appearance of a certain Tarot card, a chat with a friend, a walk in the fresh rain-soaked air, and a handful of beach glass (symbol to us of the Ocean Mama’s presence) . . . I ended up feeling happy, full, joyful, at peace.  Positive!

So it seems that changing our actions can lead to changing our feelings, which can lead to changing our minds.  And it doesn’t take long for synchronicity / the Goddess / the Universe to kick in with messages of comfort and understanding.

Who said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” ?

Yeah.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • JLB Thu - Mar 08th 2007 12:20 pm

    Indeed. 🙂

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  • Lunaea Thu - Mar 08th 2007 2:41 pm

    Gratefulness is on my mind these days too, and I’d like to share a bit from one of my favorite teachers of gratefulness, Brother David Steindl-Rast:
    http://www.wisdomoftheworld.com/listen_in.html
    Click on the link for “A Good Day” for a lovely five-minute morning contemplation — I’ll bet it would make a good addition to your pod-listening for your morning walk, Joanna!

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