The Card of the Day: The Four of Swords
“Sanctuary, rest and repose.”
The Four of Swords symbolizes our need to find inner-peace. It is also encourages rest and recuperation. The appearance of the Four of Swords gently reminds you to call your attention to your body, and any areas where tension has been building up. Today, you may need to give yourself some peace and quiet to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. You may also find that it's time to let go of whatever is preventing a sense of peace and causing inner-suffering.
Do you feel inner-peace, or have you been suffering?" When is the last time you gave yourself a relaxing mid-day nap? Do you need a break from the stress that's built up?
Hidden in the upper left-corner of the stained glass window in the Four of Swords is the word: PAX (Latin for PEACE). Aside from encouraging rest, this card asks you if you are feeling inner-peace. Usually what causes suffering in our lives is attachments to things that need to be surrendered. Trying to control outcomes, or hanging onto a path that no longer brings rewards are examples of this. Take a time out and identify anything that is interfering with your inner peace. Is it a life path that you honestly aren't happy on? Is it an attachment to a specific outcome? Do you still need to hang on to this attitude or path? Wouldn't it be a relief to finally let it go and see what new wonders await you in your newfound freedom? Often we rationalize why we need to suffer, but there is no rationalization for it. You can choose inner-peace, and let go of whatever you've outgrown that keeps preventing a sense of being at peace within yourself.
Another way to bring a sense of inner-peace is deep breathing. Secure ten minutes for yourself where you won't be disturbed. Sit back and relax in a comfy chair. Bring your awareness to your body. With your mind, slowly scan the sensations of your body from head to toe. Is there an area with tightness built up? Find the area of tightness and try to relax the muscles surrounding it as much as you can. When you identify where the tension has built up, its time to breathe into it. Empty all the air from your lungs. Take a deep breath, slowly inhaling through your nostrils over an eight second count. Fill your body with revitalizing air. Let your stomach expand with the inhalation. Inhale the revitalizing oxygen into into the place of tension. Hold the air there for eight seconds, right in the tense spot. While holding the air, purse your lips as if you were about to drink from a small straw. Exhale all the air over eight counts through this aperture slowly. It should sound like a dolphin’s exhalation. (PPHHHHHHHHH). Use your abdomen to press all the old air out of your body. Let all the tension escape with the breath. Feel the muscles around the tense spot relax even further. Repeat this breath exercise with two more healing inhalations and exhalations (Eight counts in, hold eight counts in stressed spot, release through pursed lips eight counts). With each exhalation allow your body to let go of all the accumulated strains of the week.
People in our culture need to be reminded to breathe, relax, and let go. We are always being stimulated by tasks, media, and demands. Breathing is the easiest way to release tension, but there are so many other ways to relax. Take a nice hot bath with candles and scented water. Sip a cool refreshing drink or soothing herbal tea. Take a relaxing nap for an hour just to rest your brow. Read your favorite book with snuggly blankets a cup of cocoa. Take a breather in a cool darkened room.
Today, allow yourself rest and recuperation. You don't need to suffer. Let go of that which is not meant to be. Blessings will always come to those who are at peace within themselves.