When a card’s guidebook gives us a meditation or affirmation, I know that this is something we can use (and usually really need).  We can apply it to whatever personal situation we are in at the moment.

             What I woke up with today is a reinforcement of that same type of knowledge.  There isn’t a person on this planet who can’t take 3 Quick Minutes (somewhere) in their day to stop.  Breath.  Focus.  And be grateful.

During the most stressful times is when we need our Quiet Moments most.

             It also helps to remember that WE put ourselves in to these places.  And WE chose this life.  Because we KNEW that it would be the best way for us to learn.

             On our card altar, back within the regular rotation, this messenger brings us a great way to look at another side of it.

oracle cards, animal messages, moose, self-reliance

“Moose  ~

With self-reliance and measured patience adversity will be overcome.

Mythic Moose, primal in her power, ranges mysteriously alone through the world’s great boreal forests, making her own decisions and vigorously defending herself with sharp hooves and mighty charges.

Moose teaches the self-reliance that develops strength of character and the ability to overcome adversity.  Secure, Moose has no need to rush into love and thereby court failure.  She counsels that you, too, let love come in its own time and so create a relationship of trust, profundity, and true meaning.”

             Not only romantic relationships though, they are talking about all interactions here.  When we practice diligent self-care, that ripple effect is felt in every part of our lives.

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages – Seek Inspiration From Your Animal Guides by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

is from last Thursday.  Photo credit to Carol, whom we all love and adore and couldn’t be happier to welcome into our family.

This wasn’t everyone, there were at least 6 more people.

             Going around the table  starting with J.D. (who is the closest blurry head).  Moving to his left, with the AWESOME look on her face is Holly, mother of Beautiful New Baby Haiden, daughter of my brother.  You can see Emma in the aqua shirt, looking uncomfortable because she never knows what to do with her face (or body parts) when someone picks up a camera.

              Then Keith, next to Hanna (who I just now noticed is wearing the same color as her sister, but darker and with a cardigan).  Then Dan, in mid-sentence.  You can barely see my eyes, over the brim of my father’s hat.

             Sadly, we just don’t photograph well.  Can’t be helped.


9 thoughts on “Caring for Self.

  1. Self-care. Hmmm. I’d been procrastinating about whether or not I’d resume exercise at Curves today (after more than two weeks abscence due to vacation) so, must get up and get going. ; )

    But only if you WANT to, no pressure and no guilt!

    11:12 p.m.

  2. A very good card for me, and it’s message is something that i am getting better at doing. Of course, it’s a bit harder to think about solitude when living with other people, but my therapist and I agreed that I need to spend more time in my bedroom to create my own space for myself, so I’ll be able to keep this card’s message in mind.

    I’m still not sure about this whole concept about pre-deciding on your life. If you end up (or are born into) a nasty, abusive, or even starving situation, is that a choice? If you are assaulted, is that a choice? You see where I’m having problems. Also, I would think that one’s path would be clearer if there were choices to make or that we would know when we’d learned a lesson, instead of it being a confused soup where one never really knows what’s going on.

    Awesome photo, btw.

    Personal private space can be found no matter where we are and no matter what our circumstances. Good idea to make your room there more comfortable to spend time in.

    11:13 p.m.

  3. Aww, you guys photograph as well as the rest of us, look great and the feast looks good too!

    Thank you, my dear cousin. I just saw some shots of you (and your lovely Mrs) that were beyond decent!

    We are our own worst critics. 😛

    11:15 p.m.

  4. Ooooo, I’ll just second Skye today. Good questions about pre-deciding.

    Yes, we DO choose all of our situations. We never “end up” any place we didn’t pre-decide to be. It’s all in how we need to learn our lessons.

    11:16 p.m.

    1. And that, my very dear Julie, is where we part philosophically. It’s one aspect of some belief systems that I cannot accept: that we would chose to put ourselves into the hands of evil. I believe that while we may pre-choose some Lessons (and this is a big “may” because I’m iffy on the concept of reincarnation, or even an afterlife), there are heinous things done to those who cannot accept that we might “choose” to allow those things to happen — it’s too much like blaming the victim to my mind. In addition, as you’ve said before, some people choose to not learn their Lessons. How would your over-self know that would be some people’s choice? And how can it be part of the plan if you end up part of someone else’s not following their chosen Path? It doesn’t seem to be something pre-choosable.

      Bad things happen. Evil happens. There are bad and evil people in this world. What they do is their choice, not ours on any level, because sometimes random shit happens. That is the nature of Life and the Universe. We are not in control of others’ choices and so not in control of what others might choose to do to us or in regards to us.

      Anyway, that’s what makes the most sense to me.

  5. I think you photograph perfectly.
    And I love this: “With self-reliance and measured patience adversity will be overcome.” I can apply this with ease to all but two important places in my life – weight management and writing.
    Ah well.
    I’ll be at the beach soon.

    The beach!
    The beach!
    THE BEACH!!!

    11:18 p.m.

  6. I think you photograph very well.

    And it’s an excellent card. I certainly took the time to be grateful on my blog tonight. And I took some time this afternoon for self-care, so I guess I’m doing all right.

    You are doing MORE than all right!

    (And thanks. So do you.)

    11:19 p.m.

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