How a 5-Day Morning Tarot Challenge Helped Me Practice Mindfulness - Featured from DailyLife.com
This is not an article about the tarot. At least, not entirely.
This past Christmas, my best friend presented me with my first tarot deck. Going into this challenge, I had absolutely no background in tarot. But the cards in my new Mystic Mondays Tarot Deck were so striking and beautiful that I decided immediately that I needed to learn to use them.
While doing some basic research on the tarot, its history, and how it works, it occurred to me that tarot could be a great addition to my mindfulness toolbox. It was from this idea that the 5-Day Morning Tarot Mindfulness Challenge was born.
Let me explain.
In basic terms, the tarot is a deck of 78 cards, each one having its own imagery, symbolism, and story. It’s a common misconception that tarot cards are meant to be used for fortune-telling. Today, most people use tarot cards and tarot readings as a means by which to connect with one’s intuition and inner wisdom. Brigit Esselmont, tarot expert and founder of BiddyTarot.com, explains tarot this way:
What is Tarot & How Does Tarot Work?
“Tarot is the storybook of our life, the mirror to our soul, and the key to our inner wisdom. Every spiritual lesson we meet in our lives can be found in the seventy-eight Tarot cards. ”
In and of itself, the tarot tells its own story through the 22 Major Arcana cards. What I learned was that the tarot could help me write and shape my story.
Tarot encouraged me to take dedicated time to sit with my thoughts and feelings, take them apart, and make sense of them in order to release or learn from my everyday experiences.
If that last part sounds familiar, it’s because this is the same type of work involved in
The 5-Day Morning Tarot Mindfulness Challenge
Inspired and wanting to learn more about tarot, I decided to embark upon a simple 5-day morning tarot challenge with a focus on mindfulness. This would allow me to learn the tarot in easy-to-swallow steps while also learning to apply their stories and symbolism to my own life.
For 5 days, each morning, I’d carve out half an hour to sit in my bedroom with a mug of coffee, a lit candle, and some soothing music while I did a mindfulness-focused tarot reading for myself. And here’s the thing, as a less-than-spiritual person, I actually loved my time with the tarot.
Today, I’m going to walk you through your own mindfulness tarot challenge. The best part about this challenge is that I completely made it up! I made it up to work for me. You can alter any of the steps below to suit your lifestyle and mindfulness goals best. Maybe you’d like to challenge yourself to 7 days of morning tarot, or maybe just 3 days is more accessible for you.