Try This: Mini-Meditations

IMG_1613Once a day, or whenever you’d like to live with a bit more grace and ease, try taking a mini-meditation break. It’s very simple, takes only a few moments and can completely change your entire day.

I like to set a 2-5 minute timer on my iPhone, sit down on the floor if I can, close my eyes and just breathe. In and out. Watching the rhythm, and giving myself a short break from whatever life is throwing my way. I place my hands on my knees, palms down if I feel I could use some grounding, palms up if I could use some energy or insight. That’s all it takes, and it never fails to bring me a touch of peace.

With so many things in life, we assume that we need big solutions, big changes, extreme measures. And often we do need to do something, change something–but that something may not be as daunting as we think.  A moment of quiet breathing may be all it takes. If you meditate regularly, these short sessions are an added treat, and a way to weave your mediation practice more fully into your day. If you’re a new or (like many of us) an inconsistent meditator, these mini-sessions offer a convenient opening into mindfulness. Without the pressure of meditating for sustained amounts of time, you may find yourself going deeper more quickly and easily.

I invite you to stop, sit and breathe. Just for a moment. Just for one, precious moment. Notice how precious it is. Notice again. And then let it go.

Tarot 101

IMG_1615Interested in learning how to read tarot cards?

Begin by buying a tarot deck. Pick anything you like and feel drawn to. My first deck was The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr (it was the only one I used for well over a year, which helped me to get very familiar with those images). Just make sure you choose a deck that depicts a scene on every card (these are commonly based on the Rider-Waite system). Don’t choose an oracle deck—although these are also wonderful systems of their own, they are unique and are not as universal as tarot.

Once you’ve chosen a deck, and given yourself some time to flip through the images, begin by choosing one card each day. See what you notice in the card, then look up the card’s interpretation. Every deck comes with a small book of basic interpretations; you can also choose a tarot book you like and use that. Multiple interpretations never hurt. And then see what comes up during the day, and how it might relate to that card. At the end of the day, see what you can learn and how you can improve your interpreting skills. You might also keep a journal to record your observations and deepen your understanding.

That’s it! You can go much, much deeper, of course, but this is a good way to get acquainted with the system.

More questions about how to get started? Leave them below! I’m also planning a Tarot 101 tele-course for early 2015—stay tuned!

Some tarot books I recommend:

Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth by Paul Quinn

Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot, also by Rachel Pollack (this one is more in-depth, but it’s a true classic).

Ready to go deeper? Try The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination by Robert M. Place. This is a fascinating exploration of the history of tarot, as well as a unique system of reading the cards.

A few of my favorite decks: 

Vanessa Tarot by Lynyrd Narciso (my current go-to deck) is whimsical and full of pop-culture references.

The Halloween Tarot by Kipling West uses pumpkins, ghosts, imps and bats—playful and fun for any time of year.

The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack is a good choice (this is the deck used by most tarot books).

The Morgan Greer Tarot Deck is wonderful for its simple, clear imagery, especially if you feel overwhelmed by too many symbols.

I also recommend Janet Boyer’s website—she writes in-depth, thorough reviews of many popular tarot decks and always includes pictures of several cards.

Know Thyself: Using Oracles as a Guide for Your Own Inner Wisdom

IMG_1694The most famous oracle of the ancient world was located in Delphi, Greece. Above the entrance were these words: Know Thyself.

This is the secret of all oracles and methods of divination. They do not seek to tell us what to do or what will be, but rather help us understand ourselves more fully, so that we can understand and make better use of our lives.

Tarot cards can focus your attention and crystallize the issues that are perplexing you. Symbols (and symbolic language, such as myths, legends and other story-telling) can deepen our understanding of problems and prompt creative solutions.

Tarot cards in particular are heavily loaded with complex symbols and imagery. Although their origin is uncertain, they have developed over time and grown in mastery and wisdom. They are a powerful aid for self-knowledge, and particularly useful for developing intuition and a broader perspective. Like a good life coach, tarot cards can help you look at things with a new perspective and suggest creative solutions to problems, all within a safe space that welcomes and encourages your own inner wisdom to shine.

They are also a powerful aid for life coaching and counseling. Consider the perspective and advice you receive from tarot cards as you would advice from a wise friend: you don’t have to follow the advice, but you always learn something.

Whether you’re diving into the world of tarot cards, life coaching or both, always remember one thing: when you hear truth, it feels like freedom, and sounds like love and compassion. Trust that. If what you hear feels like fear or sadness, your understanding of the message is incomplete. Look deeper. True guidance is always leading you towards joy.

The Verve Shop

141381685107915 minutes just might change your life!

I am so pleased to announce a new concept in life coaching:  on-demand, micro-coaching sessions.  If you’ve ever wished you could speak with a trained life coach right NOW, for just 15 minutes, to find greater clarity about some issue that’s troubling you, check out The Verve Shop.  The concept is simple:  a team of highly vetted, trained and talented life coaches is now providing regular “office hours” for on-demand coaching, when and where you want it.  And it’s affordable!  Prices start at $25 for 15 minutes (packages, longer sessions and add-on minutes are available as well).

I’m still offering my normal services over at www.hellojenniferwayne.com, but I am so honored to be a part of The Verve Shop’s team of coaches.  You can find more information below and at www.theverveshop.us.

Wondering how effective 15 minutes can be?  There’s more information at The Verve Shop, but I can speak from personal experience.  I’ve provided 15 minute micro-sessions to approximately 50 individuals, and found it incredibly effective (and a lot of fun!).  Sometimes all you need is a shift in perspective, a new possibility or a nudge in the right direction.  The challenge is finding someone trained to listen deeply, without judgment or personal agenda, right when you need it!  The Verve Shop solves that problem.  Come check it out!

 

Dear Tarot (May 2014)

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Have a question for the cards?  Visit my Coaching & Tarot Card Readings page for more information about my email and phone services (which currently start at $15). 

Dear Tarot,

I’ve been struggling with my weight for a few months (seems like always!), but lately I’ve put on some added pounds that are even harder to get off than usual.  I’ve started to drop a little weight, and am feeling good.  I’m concerned that on the weekends, when drinking alcohol and eating not so healthy food comes into play, I might derail my hard work.  I still want to reward myself, and have a good time with friends/family without sabotaging my healthy week.  What can I do to stay on track and keep motivated to reach my desired weight?

Thank you,

Wanting to Stay on Track in Tahoe

 

Dear On Track,

Thank you for your question!  Here are the cards I dealt for you:

QUEEN OF CUPS  /  ACE OF WANDS  /  THE HANGED MAN

The Hanged Man suggests that you’ve felt stuck with this issue, but are willing to now see things differently or try a new approach to meet your goals.  This is further supported by the Ace of Wands, a card which signifies the beginning of an exciting new phase, concerning lots of energy, creativity, excitement and even passion.

These cards are moving towards the Queen of Cups, which represents someone who is comfortable in herself, at home in the world, and open to the love and beauty around her.

The message I see is that you need to integrate this new phase (a new approach or viewpoint, along with all the energy represented by the Ace of Wands) with your more relaxed, intuitive and emotional side (the Queen of Cups).  There is a way to be both passionate about your goals and also at home in the moment; ready to move forward while appreciating what you already have.

Part of that includes emotional balance—being in tune with yourself and your emotions enough to know what it is you really desire and how to get there.  In the Vanessa Tarot deck, the Queen of Cups is pictured standing on a ship deck, with a glass of champagne close at hand, able to enjoy the evening, the moonlight and most of all, herself, without having to immediately down every drop of champagne!  She knows how to savor the experience, whatever it is, and so is able to enjoy herself without working against her other goals and plans.

I hope this is helpful for you—remember that a tarot reading is a tool to access your own wisdom, so pay attention to what resonates with you and feels both helpful and true.  Those are the threads to follow.

Good luck & best wishes,

Jennifer

 

Dear Tarot,

I’m wondering about the possibility of buying the lot next door to me.  I’ve put an offer down that was originally rejected.  Now, there’s a loan available but I’m hoping for the interest rate to be lowered, and the lending amount to increase before I offer a higher bid.  But at the same time, I don’t want to offer a higher amount than I think the land is worth.  What advice do you have?  

-Property Investor in Tahoe

 

Dear Investor,

Thank you for your investment question.  I drew these cards for you:

10 OF SWORDS  /  QUEEN OF WANDS  /  ACE OF COINS

The 10 of Swords suggests that something must end before you can move forward.  Often this card means that the burdens you’re facing seem more daunting than they really are but, in this case, I suspect that it indicates that the obstacles are coming to an end.

This card is progressing towards the Queen of Wands, which recommends that you bring a dynamic, enthusiastic but well-grounded approach to this situation.  Creativity and even the ability to leap towards your dreams will be helpful, so long as that energy is balanced with maturity.

Finally, the Ace of Coins suggests a new and prosperous time beginning for you.  It may be that extra abundance comes your way, or that you plant the seeds for greater prosperity.  Either way, it’s the beginning of a very fortunate period for you.

Overall, it looks like the obstacles between you and this purchase are coming to an end, and that you’ll be able to move forward with both the energy and maturity you need to make this a very lucky enterprise.

Good luck!

Jennifer

 

Tarot Reading & Life Coaching

IMG_1378As many of you know, I have recently added tarot reading to my repertoire of coaching practices…  And I must admit, it took me by surprise.  It seemed shocking enough that I would move from being a lawyer to a life coach, but tarot cards?  That’s another level of crazy all together!

Sometimes when you get in touch with your authentic self, and begin to “follow your bliss,” as Joseph Campbell said, it really doesn’t take you where you think you’re going to go.  And yet… usually that means you’re heading somewhere much better.

I’ve adored tarot cards for almost 15 years, as a kind of passionate hobby.  I love the art, the symbolism, the ability they give me to tap into my intuition.  Tarot cards were my original life coach.  They are simple, gentle, highly effective and, most of all, a lot of fun.

So at a recent life coach seminar, I read tarot cards for 8 of my friends and fellow coaches.  From there, I ended up reading tarot cards via email and phone for almost 70 other friends and coaches, all within a 3 week period.  It was such a blast, and so highly transformative and even healing for so many people, that I knew this was something I had to do.

So here I am!  Life coach and tarot reader extraordinare.  Unexpected, yes, but wonderful in every way.  The response has been so staggering that I’m already planning tarot parties, group workshops and more.  Stay tuned!

Interested?  You can find more information about tarot over at my primary website (www.hellojenniferwayne.com).  On this Scattering Light blog, I’m going to begin incorporating some of my favorite tarot practices:  information about tarot cards, monthly tarot horoscopes and my “Dear Tarot” column.  (A few of these posts were previously published on my other website, but I find that I miss this blogging format, so I’m moving all of my blogs back over here!)

Questions or comments?  I love them all, and would love to answer any questions you have.  Leave them below, or check out my Facebook and Twitter pages (where you can also find daily tarot card readings… a fun way to learn how the cards work).  You can also contact me directly (or sign-up for my newsletter) over at www.hellojenniferwayne.com.

Nothing is learned except through joy.

-Ioanna Salajan

 

 

Wind

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When I first created this website, I was inspired by the idea of finding peace on a windy day.  At the time, that meant that even when storms rage, you can find a place of calm and sanctuary within yourself, and use that to return to balance and joy.  Although that is all still true, lately I find that wind means so much more.

Wind is change.  It is transformation, inspiration, movement, magic.  It is what allows us to be lifted into the air, to soar the heights, to hear music and our loved ones’ laughter.  It is power.  It allows us to sweep away the past, and make room for the future.

And so “finding peace on a windy day” has taken on a different meaning for me.  The peace found on a windy day does not deny or ignore the wind, but rather it embraces it.  It uses the wind and all the powers of creativity and change that it represents.  This is the power of artists–to harness the wind, to use it to create something new, something beautiful, something full of joy.

So when the winds are raging in your own life, you do not need to fear them. Instead, let them inspire you to create something worthy of the artist within. See what you can do with that wind to create your own kind of magic, whether you call yourself an artist, a writer, a parent, a lover, a knitter, a sculpture, a dream-weaver.

We are all artists.  We all have windy days.  The greatest art is in allowing that wind to bring us new beginnings, and the possibility of creating greater peace and joy than we had previously imagined.

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