Resources for When You’re Struggling with Fear, Anxiety, & Doubt

Well, it has certainly been a tough few weeks for the world. At the time of writing this, we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and to say it’s been scary AF is an understatement, as far as I’m concerned.

People have died due to contracting the virus. Others have fell gravely ill. Millions of people have lost their jobs and/or businesses. The stock market has tumbled into concerning territory. People are hoarding supplies and store shelves grow more bare by the moment.

Again with the scary AF.

Even as a lightworker and someone who is super spiritual and tends to err on the side of optimism and faith, I’ve been struggling too. We’re in unprecedented territory, and our very way of being for so long has been turned on its head.

It’s hard not to spiral into fear and uncertainty.

Luckily, there ARE things that we can do to ground ourselves, work through our fear, and tap into inner wisdom and the love and light of the universe so that we can hopefully feel a little less terrorized and panicked.

Which is why I wanted to share some resources with you that I’ve found so helpful at this time. These practices have really helped me work through my anxiety and overwhelm so that I’m not in a constant state of terror and helplessness. Check these out:

Facing Fear with Compassion w/Elizabeth Gilbert: I have loved Elizabeth Gilbert since the Eat, Pray, Love days. Her writing is beautiful, relatable, and inspirational. I’ve also seen her speak live, and she really is a weaver of words, not just in writing, but in speaking too. Needless to say, I was super excited when I saw her post on Instagram about this talk she did for Insight Timer. In it, Elizabeth not only shares lots of love and inspiration, but one of her own personal practices to help work through fear. You can check this out on the Insight Timer app for free!

Guided Meditation to Reduce Panic, Anxiety, & Worry by The Honest Guys: I’ve been meditating for over a decade, and although I tend to bounce around from my own meditation practices, to guided meditations, to in person meditations, I always come back to The Honest Guys for guided tracks. Their YouTube channel is one of the best I’ve seen for free meditations. They are all high quality, and there are soooo many different types to choose from. But for today, and the current state of the world, and trying to work through panic and fear, this one is a good one to turn to!

Practicing Gratitude: I know it may sound cheesy, or maybe even impossible given what is going on right now, but I promise, tapping into gratitude really can shift your state. My own practice is to journal my gratitudes each night, but sometimes I’ll also stop for a quick hit when I need it. And I’ve needed it a lot lately. Seriously, when you find yourself spinning out from fear and overwhelm, take a moment to stop, breathe, ground yourself in the moment, and write down (or speak aloud or think to yourself) three things you’re truly grateful for.

Journaling: When in doubt (or panic or fear or anxiety or anything really lol), write it out. Seriously. Sometimes we just need a release. And there’s nothing as powerful as putting your own words, thoughts, and feelings to paper. Let them go. Acknowledge them. All of those feelings have an energy, and one way to release that energy is to write it out.

LOL: Yep, good ole laughter as medicine. I’ll also admit that humor has been a defense mechanism for me my entire life, and there’s a reason for it – it works! Instead of focusing on what you can’t control, find something to laugh about. A quick search across the internet can help you find funny memes, but some of my favorite outlets lately have been daydreamnchill, shitheadsteve, thefunnyintrovert on Instagram.

I hope you find one, some, or all of these resources helpful, now, and in future times of need. Please know that I’m sending you love and light, and I truly mean that. It’s part of my evening routine – sending out waves of love, light, and healing to the world each night, from my soul to yours 🙂

0

Oracle & Tarot Cards

cardsblog.jpg

I’ve been into oracle cards for a while, and have also gotten into tarot within the past couple of years. As I explore different spiritual practices and tools, it’s fun to see what truly resonates with me, and what innate skills I have.

Hint: cards is one of them 😉

So if you’re not into cards or are a newb, you may not know the difference between oracle cards vs. tarot (cause I didn’t when I first started using them lol). Here’s the gist:

Oracle cards are less structured than tarot, and the types of cards and meanings can be wide and ranging and basically up to the creator of the deck.

Tarot, on the other hand, is more structured. There’s 78 cards in a deck, and the deck is split into major arcana (think major life milestones, bigger picture) vs. minor arcana cards (think daily, everyday moments or details). The minor arcana makes up the majority of the deck, and is split into four suits: cups, pentacles, swords, and wands.

TLDR: oracle cards have prescribed meanings, and tarot needs to be interpreted.

I use both types of cards in various ways, but as I develop my daily rituals and practices, I notice that I tend to resonate more with oracle cards and use them more than tarot. I use them for weekly wisdom, monthly wisdom, and various and daily pulls and spreads whenever I feel called. I also frequently feel called to randomly pull cards for others. For example, last Monday, I was calling it Mystical Messages Monday because spirit was nudging me to pull and interpret cards for a few people.

These are my favorite oracle decks:

The Starseed Oracle Deck by Rebecca Campbell

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards by Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron-Reid, & Marcela Lobos

Sacred Rebels Oracle Deck by Alana Fairchild

The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards by John Holland

And this is my favorite tarot deck and tarot guide:

Golden Universal Tarot Deck and The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Readings by Brigit Esselmont

If you’re interested in cards, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the decks above. What I like to do is research decks online and pick the ones that call to me. Sometimes you may get a new deck and realize you just don’t have a connection with it and you need to find something else. That happened to me when I was picking my traditional tarot deck. I went with the widely used and recommended Rider Waite tarot deck and felt NO connection to it at all. I eventually heard of the golden universal deck, and felt very drawn to it, and since getting it, it definitely works waaaay better for me.

I’d love to know if you have a favorite deck to work with, or any recommendations around decks, spreads, guidebooks, and the like. Comment below to share 🙂

2