I often talk about the blessing of having a selfish mom. Or rather, mum, as we refer to female parents here in Australia. This goes against conventional wisdom of course. Most peeps think a selfish mom is a bad mom. Women are under enormous pressure to put everyone else’s needs before their own. From their children. Their husbands. The parents at the school gate. The media. Their own expectations of what’s right.
As some peeps begin to return to work after the long Christmas-New Year break I thought it might be a good time to explore the Tarot of these holidays.
Ten Of Wands: How we feel before the holidays begin. Over-burdened. Exhausted. Especially at Christmas time when present shopping and school concerts and card sending and work functions are added to the usual load.
I don’t keep chocolate in the house. It’s too much temptation. I’m one of those people who just can’t stop eating it once I start. But unfortunately I have daughters who like to hoard the darn stuff in the kitchen cupboard. Right in my eyeline. Most of the time I can resist but every now and then I crack. And tonight was one of those nights. I mean seriously, who can ignore the siren call of Lindt’s Crunchy Caramel when they’ve been looking at it for over a month? It was a case of my inner Empress (indulgence) winning out over my inner Emperor (self-discipline).
The Empress has an ongoing love affair with chocolate. What about you?
Spiritual practice will not eliminate negative emotions. Emotions are part of the palette of life, part of the way consciousness moves. Not only can’t you get rid of them, but you’d feel empty and impoverished if you did. Practice can change your relationship to emotions, so that instead of being swamped by certain feeling states, you can hold them, contain them, see into their essence, and ultimately, use emotions in the service of your liberation.
I read this on Mystic Medusa’s blog today and immediately thought: Hells to the yeah! Too many peeps confuse being a spiritual person with being a good person. Imo they are not the same thing and you can see this clearly in Life Lessons Tarot (aka the Major Arcana).