Celebrate The Little Things

celebrate the little things

While the pandemic has caused havoc over the last twelve months across the world, it has taught us that all we can do is surrender and accept what we cannot control.⁠

But it has taught us so much more. Humans have always managed to rise from destruction and disaster.

While we are still counting the costs and trying to fathom the enormity of our losses, there is also light beginning to shine through the cracks.

We have learned

  • to enjoy your own company⁠
  • to be inventive and resourceful⁠
  • to collaborate⁠
  • to be of service⁠
  • to be disciplined⁠
  • to cook and even grow your own food⁠
  • about our strengths and weaknesses⁠
  • about what we truly value and what is unimportant⁠
  • how vulnerable our way of life is⁠

What have you learned so far? ⁠

Take a moment every day to recognise and acknowledge your achievements, a-ha moments, the little things that give you joy and a sense of satisfaction.⁠

Celebrate the little things.

Amidst doubt and uncertainty, there is always a reason to celebrate something.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

PS: Check out Ten Tarot Affirmations To Overcome Anxiety

3 Ways To Be Happy With Less

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Being happy with less has become a powerful mindset not only to survive but also thrive in these uncertain times.

Over the last twelve months we have all realised how quickly and profoundly life can change.

From one day to the next, livelihoods were destroyed, jobs put on hold and income became sparse.

Even in the richest countries in the world, people were actually going hungry.

It is now blatantly obvious that so easily we can all slip into poverty within just a short period of time.

Now is a good time to step back and reflect on how we can become more resilient and navigate financial insecurity during times of uncertainty.

One of the best options to succeed is to be happy with less, but how can you be happy with less without losing out?

It’s all about mindset based on your personal values. Once you are clear about your values, you can take conscious action every day to live by them.

To be happy with less is based on values such as independence, simplicity, lightness, health and self-sufficiency.

Here are three ways to be happy with less you can start to implement in your everyday life to make a positive difference:

1. Re-evaluate what you really need

When it comes to spending money, it is easy to develop habits, like buying a new phone every two years, renew subscriptions you no longer need or making those impulse purchases while out shopping.

Even when buying food we often fall into marketing traps for processed meals and comfort snacks.

But cooking from scratch isn’t just healthier, it can also save you money and even time, when cooking in batches.

It is time to prioritize your needs and carefully think about whether a purchase is really necessary.

What can you buy second-hand rather than new?

I’ve taken my son’s old LG phone, which is five years old and still works perfectly fine. I don’t need another phone until this one packs in and can’t be repaired. I have no desire to buy the latest tech or a certain brand.

This takes me to…

2. Stop striving

Striving towards bigger, better, latest model, latest fashion, latest trend, etc. Avoid following social media accounts that make you feel lacking or inferior.

Jump off the FOMO train, let go of the need to compete with others in terms of possessions, the struggle of climbing career ladders.

Take a step back and explore what is stressing you in terms of striving.

Is it really necessary? Are you trying to fit in or fulfilling other people’s expectations?

You may have been raised in surroundings where money and status are important, but think about making choices that reflect your true personality and inherent talents.

3. Live life at a slower pace

There is no need to be highly productive every day. It is okay to reduce your to-do list, not eating on the go, or being late when it is beyond your control.

People tend to spend more money when they feel stressed and under pressure. Retail therapy often involves wasting money for short-term satisfaction.

Relax. Do less. Reduce stress to spend less.

Rather than going to the gym, go for a brisk walk in nature. Sit down on a bench half way for a quiet moment of peace and taking some deep breaths.

Cultivate a feeling of being content with the simple joys surrounding you. This way you will find it easier to improve your spending habits and be happy with less.

Have fun exploring how you can be happy with less, and let me know what works for you. I’d love to hear from you 🤩

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

Healthy Habits: Empowering Morning Affirmations

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How are you feeling today? Powerful Me Oracle

Life has been messy for many people since the pandemic and various lockdown measures began to restrict all our lives.

And while we are all trying to hang in there and make the best of a bad situation, mental health issues have started to creep up on us, mostly in the form of anxiety, stress and depression.

Lack of energy, tearfulness, overwhelm, aches and pains, constantly worrying… one way to stay focused on our wellbeing is cultivating a positive mindset.

Affirmations are underrated yet they do work if used regularly.

Positive self-talk every day can help increase confidence and optimism, so here are empowering morning affirmations you can use to start the day in a better frame of mind:

Today will be a great day.
I am excited about how today will unfold.
I savour each moment.
I am positive. I am powerful.
I trust my own wisdom.
I take good care of myself.
I am in control of my attitude and thoughts.
I live by my sacred values.
I communicate with love and integrity.
I persevere despite difficulties.
I am strong.
I am comfortable being on my own.
I accept what life offers me today.
My heart and mind are in alignment.
I let go of what stops me from living life fully and joyfully.
I choose life.
I am doing the best I can.
I stay clear of destructive habits.
I feel energised.
I am shining my light.
I am present.
I am rising above my worries and fears.
I am enough.
I am right where I need to be.
I am open to all possibilities.

Create a new healthy habit by turning these affirmations into your daily morning meditation to feel more positive and energised at the start of your day.

For even more affirmations, check out my tarot affirmations to overcome anxiety.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

One Powerful Way To Overcome Your Fears

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Our irrational fears have the power to stop us from living life to the full, but there are also proven techniques that help us overcome them.

We are all fearful of something, for example:

  • fear of flying
  • fear of public speaking
  • fear of meeting new people
  • fear of darkness
  • fear of heights
  • fear of change

What are the fears you are grappling with that hold you back?

There are thousands of websites with tips on how to overcome your fears, and Feel the Fear and do it Anyway is certainly good advice.

You need to embrace your fear and carry it across the threshold of resistance, a hard step to take, and many people prefer to avoid what they are afraid of.

But there is one powerful way to overcome your fears, which I want to share with you.

First, you need to know what fear does to your body.

Imagine feeling nervous about an upcoming job interview.

Your body reacts by producing adrenaline that is circulating through your body, increasing your heart rate and after a while making you feel sick.

Your nervousness, which is caused by fear, increases, and reaches its climax when you actually attend the interview.

By this time, some people are visibly nervous and have difficulties communicating clearly and confidently.

But a rush of adrenaline is also caused by another feeling:

EXCITEMENT

Transforming your fear into excitement makes use of the adrenaline your body is producing.

This way, you are not fighting your body’s reaction to your fear but transmute it into new, positive energy.

Instead of telling yourself that you are feeling scared or fearful, tell yourself that you are feeling excited.

Excited about

  • meeting new people
  • showcasing your skills and expertise
  • finding out, if this new job will be a good fit
  • this new opportunity on offer
  • learning from this experience

The more you tell yourself that you are excited about this job interview, the more your fear will weaken and turn into positive energy.

While fear is negative stress that drains you, excitement is positive stress that makes you feel alive.

Perhaps this technique is putting a smile on your face, it may even sound ridiculous to you, but try it next time you are nervous or afraid.

Turn your fear into excitement.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

22 Spring Self-Care Ideas To Nourish Your Soul

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Image: Three of Wands, Housewives Tarot

Spring is the time of new beginnings, starting afresh, getting out and about, longer days, warmer weather and nature waking up from its long winter slumber.

How can we make the most of this get-up-and-go energy?

Here are 22 Spring self-care ideas to nourish your soul:

  1. Get up earlier in the morning to watch the sunrise and listen to the dawn chorus.
  2. Open the windows more often to let fresh air into your rooms.
  3. Buy yourself spring flowers like daffodils and tulips.
  4. Plan and book a holiday.
  5. Declutter and spring clean your home.
  6. Consciously eat more fruit, veg and salads.
  7. Create a music playlist on Spotify that makes you spring into action.
  8. Exercise outdoors.
  9. Feed the birds – they need it now while raising their young.
  10. Reorganise your wardrobe. Put your winter jumpers away to make room for your spring and summer clothes.
  11. Burn citrus or apple essential oils to invigorate your senses.
  12. Start a creative Spring journal – list your goals, plans, new seasonal recipes, photos, vision boards, inspiration, tarot spreads and journal prompts.
  13. Sow seeds in your garden or in pots on your window sill – flowers, veg, herbs.
  14. Go for nature walks more often. Explore.
  15. Meditate outdoors.
  16. Take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Learn Tarot!
  17. Less screen time, more me time.
  18. Meet up with a friends for breakfast or afternoon tea.
  19. Be more spontaneous.
  20. Change or tweak your same old routines to make them more interesting or exciting again.
  21. Read a new inspirational book or magazine.
  22. Start a regular savings account for a minimum 12-month term and watch your money grow.

Colours of Spring: green, yellow, white, soft pink and turquoise – good to know if you want to freshen up your home, wardrobe, crafty projects etc. with some seasonal colour magic

What’s your favourite spring self-care practice to nourish your soul? Please do let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

Setting Goals For The Year Ahead When You Don’t Have Any

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Are you on the road to somewhere?

New year, new beginnings, resolutions and intentions – setting goals for the year ahead.

For everyone making plans at this time of year, there are tons of diaries and planners available covering a variety of themes to help turn dreams into reality.

If you want to get somewhere or achieve something, those planners are designed for you to write everything down and check up on yourself every day / week / month.

Even I have created the Tarot Moon Journal workbook (in its 7th year!) for all tarot enthusiasts, who not only want to be more mindful about their aspirations, but also want to learn some new tarot skills along the way.

But perhaps you are thinking that this is not for you, because you don’t have any specific goals except survive and have some good times along the way.

For many people, last year turned out to be difficult and even traumatic at times, and if you are one of them, then perhaps all you want to do is pick yourself up and simply make the most of the cards you are going to be dealt with this year.

Yes, it’s perfectly okay not to have any goals.

Don’t worry about it. Just let all that hype go.

A better way is to tune into your growth mindset and set daily/weekly intentions together with small tasks that are achievable, so you can take mindful action to live your best life every day.

You can do a bit of soul work with your tarot cards to gain some perspective and direction.

Perspective is always good, especially when you feel you’re drifting and you don’t quite know what you want or where you’re heading.

Start off by calculating your year card (mine is Justice this year)

Then, work out your word for the year based on your year card (my word for this year is LEAP).

Check out Cosmic Faery’s Journal Workbook for creative tarot journaling ideas

Your personal power word will offer you a sense of purpose, direction and guidance over the next twelve months ahead.

Now you should have some idea of what you might want to focus on over the coming months, and you can continue to draw tarot cards for more specific ideas.

On the image below you can see a page from my Tarot Moon Journal, on which I have simply recorded the cards I drew for specific areas in my life:

tarot moon journal page
Tarot journaling for healing and personal growth…

These cards can give you a hint on what you may wish to aim for, but if not, then just leave them there and revisit the page from time to time to see, how the messages of the cards begin to unfold.

There’s no need for having any flashy goals in order to have a great year ahead.

If you have experienced loss, heartache, health issues or any other challenging situation, every little step towards recovery and healing will be a huge achievement.

Drawing a card and asking What can I do today to help me heal? can be an empowering way to make a positive difference without getting overwhelmed by elaborate or even out-of-reach goals.

Once you have made a start with your year card and personal power word for 2020, you may feel a little more in control of the direction you wish to take.

And having at least some control over your life is a good feeling. You can build on that with regular journaling as a personal development and healing tool.

If you would like to learn more about creative tarot journaling for healing and personal growth, then please check out my free resources.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Meditating with a Wandering Mind

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Scroll down to listen to Wandering Mind Meditation on Soundcloud

Meditation is often seen as sitting in the lotus position with your eyes closed and all those pesky thoughts in your head blissfully silenced.

However, many people are meditating with a wandering mind, unable to switch off intrusive thoughts.

First of all, as long as you feel comfortable, you can meditate in whatever position you choose – on a chair, on your sofa, in your bed, on the grass….

Next, we all know it is so much harder trying to suppress or avoid something. In fact, you can make it worse the harder you try.

For example, if I asked you to look around the room you are in now and NOT look at anything that is red, I bet you WILL look at everything that is red.

And if I asked you NOT to blink, yes, you guessed it, you WILL blink.

So, what to do about those annoying thoughts you can’t silence during meditation?

The answer is simple: accept them. Let them be. Don’t judge them or yourself.

And while you are meditating with a wandering mind, focus on your breathing and let those thoughts come and go.

If you are listening to a guided meditation, don’t be irritated by any unwanted thoughts creeping in.

It’s normal.

Silencing your monkey mind takes practice. After all, sitting there doing and thinking nothing is not as easy as everyone thinks 🙂

You can also try chanting mantras, if you are meditating on your own.

You will find, however, that despite your thoughts getting in the way at times, your meditation will have given you space and a break from rushing around.

The reality of meditation is being present in that moment, observing your breath, your senses, your body and even your random thoughts without judgement.

And while you keep practicing meditation, surrender to what is while gently offering your mind an alternative direction.

The more you practice, the easier it will become, but it will benefit you right from the start.

Need a guided audio meditation? Check out my Meditation for the Wandering Mind 🌝

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

Emotional Healing with the Pisces Full Moon

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There is always something mystical about the full moon – its illumination, intense energy and impact it has on our feelings and emotions.

The Pisces full moon is just around the corner and has already gifted me with some psychedelic dreams 🙂

But weird dreams are a sign of something more magical – the full moon’s power to supercharge our intuitive, psychic and artistic abilities.

Even more so, tuning into the Pisces full moon energy can help us recognise and free ourselves from emotional blocks and self-limitations.

So, let it all come out, feel what you feel, sit with it and observe it without judgement. It’s all part of emotional healing.

In practical terms

  • if in doubt, trust your gut
  • be mindful that emotions may become more intense, which can be confusing
  • express your feelings without shame (crying is a good stress reliever)
  • pay attention to your dreams
  • meditate to open your third eye
  • get creative (write, draw, make)
  • apologize sincerely to someone you hurt in the past
  • connect with your spirit guides or any cosmic forces you want to connect with
  • practice calming yoga poses (e.g. child’s pose, shavasana, lotus)

You can access full guidance with a snapshot spread and journaling prompts in the Cosmic Spirit Sanctuary on Patreon.

While the Pisces full moon can assist with emotional healing, please remember that there is no miracle cure happening overnight.

Emotional healing is a process, and during the upcoming lunation we have the chance to move this process forward, to progress on our journey.

How can the Tarot assist you on your healing journey?

Check out this wonderful article I have recently discovered – Tarot and Astrology are recognised to be beneficial for mental health and as a result used more widely in mainstream therapeutic settings.

That’s why in my work I focus on teaching the Tarot and how you can apply this magical tool in everyday life to nurture your mental wellbeing in an empowering way.

For regular guidance and online support, please do check out my very affordable membership options.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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When Patience Becomes A Curse

Patience is a virtue.

Or is it?

I have been brought up to be patient, to avoid short-fused hot-tempered reactions, to take my time rather than rushing, to be patient with myself while trying to learn a new skill etc.

But along the way I have noticed that sometimes patience was holding me back.

Like when I was patiently

  • tolerating toxic people, hoping they would change
  • sticking with a shitty relationship, hoping it would miraculously turn into something wonderful
  • enduring a dead-end job, hoping its boredom and lack of spirit wouldn’t kill me

It can be easy to confuse patience with not setting boundaries.

Because patience often requires effort, it can be exhausting after a while.

So when you pull Patience from the Cosmic Journaling Oracle deck, you can ask yourself:

  1. Do I need to be more patient, or is it time to set some boundaries?
  2. Who is testing my patience? Is it worth it?
  3. In the past, in what situations should I have been more patient and why? And when did patience not serve me but stopped me from moving forward?
  4. How do other people show patience towards me (in a family setting, amongst friends or at work)? Have I tested their patience?

Patience is a virtue, but it can also be a curse. How is patience serving you?

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

Ten of Wands: Watch Your Posture

Sometimes it’s fun but also worthwhile taking tarot images literally.

When the Ten of Wands pops up as your guidance card for the day (or week), ask yourself whether you have been paying attention to your posture recently.

We often allow our bodies to slouch and stoop without realising that this can have a huge effect on our mood, self-esteem and confidence.

On top of that, someone with a stooped posture can indicate unconscious limiting beliefs or emotional baggage they keep carrying around.

So, check in with yourself right now. Are you standing tall and straight?

Shoulders back with chest forward is your ideal posture.

A quick and easy exercise you can do to lift your mood instantly is to stand tall and lift your arms with your hands in fists (or victory sign) as if you have just scored a goal.

watch your posture

While in this victory pose, say to yourself something like I am strong, I am powerful or I can do this. Anything that spurns you on for the day and gets you going with more positive energy.

This is a great little exercise to turn into a daily habit as it will improve your wellbeing not just on a physical but also emotional level.

You can do it as often as you like during the day.

Why don’t you make a start today and let me know how it makes you feel?

And if you would like to learn how to use the Tarot for wellbeing and personal growth, then find out how you can work with me.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane