Four of Cups
The Four of Cups, like any tarot card in the deck, has an endless supply of meanings, understandings and stories behind it. Still, the Four of Cups is one of those cards that packs a huge instinctual punch for me. When I flip it, it means I must open my eyes and take a good look around me. There is so much good – so much beauty in life – I’d better notice it fast.
A Four of Cups moment happened for me a few weeks ago. I practice yoga the most magical studio in NYC. Its walls are painted a brilliant and intense red and orange, crystal chandelier’s hang from the ceiling, the Yoga Sutra’s written in Sanskrit adorn the southern walls. The teachers – all inspirational and amazing. It is my church.
Then, something horrible happened. As, it became my normal routine to go there, I found myself going to the studio without really seeing the studio. I sat on my mat – complaining about something in my head – I had forgotten where I was – what was so beautiful.
Sometimes it takes a big scare, health problem, a funeral, and life altering experience to bring things back into perspective. I would rather be reminded by a Tarot card than by the death of a loved one – not to take things for granted.
If you find yourself feeling a bit lack luster – here’s an activity you can do that is sure to bring you back around. Do this for the next four mornings.
Each morning, carve out five minutes for yourself – take more if you can. Start writing down what you are grateful for. Don’t sensor yourself, write stream of conscious, messy as you like. The key is to authentically feel grateful. When you start to feel really grateful, start writing about the things you would like to have in your life as if you already have them. Express thanks for them!
Do this exercise and you’ll go from the Four of Cups to the Nine of Cups in one week!