Monday, July 4, 2011

7/5/11—Empowering Your Sense of Adventure

Today's Draw: Five of Bows/Empowerment from the Wildwood Tarot. Are you willing to try something new this week? When was the last time you pushed past your comfort zone? How will you up the joy you receive from this week?

I decided to ask another question today—how can we get more joy from this week? By the way, if you have a general question that you would like me to answer for everyone, feel free to suggest one. I think I'll do questions every day this week. 

So, how can we get more joy from our week? This Five of Bows has a couple of answers. One is to face and defeat our fears. And through the empowerment we get from that, draw back our bow and confidently take aim of the things we want. (He also provides one more clue to happiness, somewhere around his midsection. But we'll focus on the other two points.)

Of course we can't defeat all our fears. And all of us have fears. They can be fears about certain emotional places we don't like to go. Or it can be a fear of a physical thing. Or just simply a fear of anything different. I define fear as something that causes anxiety or something we avoid, which is a pretty loose definition, I know. 

A few weeks ago I went on a fear-eradication spree. As some may remember, I tried soft shell crabs, for one thing. I'm not a very adventurous eater, so this was a reach for me. And since then, I've had them a total of three times. Then there was the day I decided to wear a short skirt that showed my pasty white legs. I wore that skirt again this weekend and bought another skort to enjoy over the summer. I think there were a couple of other things I tackled that week, too, but I forget them now. 

But doing this stuff really *did* heighten my happiness. Stretching the boundaries reminds us that we're capable of so much more than we think. And it shows us that our fears are usually unfounded. Eating those poor, vulnerable, yet yummy crabs started some momentum going that allowed to me to say "screw what others think about my pasty legs!". That was a few weeks ago and I still feel more open to new things. 

The more we reach beyond our boundaries, even in small ways, the more likely we'll be to risk shooting for the things that really matter. So are you ready to try something you've just never done before for some reason...going to that restaurant you've wondered about, getting a massage, trying on a different kind of clothing, testing out a new cooking method...these are all simple things, but they open the door to bigger things as you expand your awareness and ownership of your power. 

Are you willing to commit to trying something new this week? Do you already have something in mind?

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