Time won’t tell but take its toll, tools for decision-making.

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The Hermit (IX) is the ninth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in in-game playing as well as in divination. Wikipedia

DepictionAn old man carrying a staff in one hand and a lit lantern containing a six-pointed star in the other hand.

MeaningThe Hermit suggests that you are in a phase of introspection where you are drawing your attention inwards and looking for answers within. You need a period of inner reflection, away from the current demands of your position.

Upright card (keywords)Introspection, Meditation, Self-reflection, Solitude, Soul-searching, Withdrawn from society

Reversed card (keywords)Exile, Loneliness, Misfit, Sadness, Withdrawing from loved ones

ElementEarth

Ruling planetMercury

Next cardWheel of Fortune

Time will tell is a typical response, but is it useful, or can we do better? The Hermit suggests meditation. Time won’t tell but take its toll. So here are some paths to better decision-making. 

What if we could use our whole being to make decisions. If we wish to be totally happy, we need to use all our senses and talents to make choices. We can’t cut out parts of ourselves in choosing and expect it not to hurt. We can’t only be rational. 

Choose a comfortable position. Sitting or laying down take half a minute, breathing slowly, rhythmically filling your lungs, dropping the belly like a child, then when exhaling, feel the warmth of the breath on the sides of your nostrils. Open yourself and let the ideas you are oscillating float into your mind. 

Become aware of the choices that fill your mind. What decisions do you need to make? What are you swinging between? As they are floating in your consciousness, choose one and bring it into focus. Then decide, take a step in that direction, and move forward with action. 

On your next breath, how does it feel to have made the decision? Don’t ask questions or reevaluate the choice made. Simply sense the moment. Let it envelop you, your new life. Let the decision flow through you. 

The day after, as you wake up, how do you feel about it? Are you calmer or more stressed? Do you feel connected to the world or isolated, tired, or upset? Notice while breathing in the new moment, only how it feels. 

Imagining yet further down the road, how does your life feel? Is your life easier or more complicated by this decision? Stay with the image and emotions of your new existence, and breathe in one more breath, and as you breathe out, let go of the imagery and come back to this moment. Nothing has changed, but life is rich with options and possibilities. 

Integrating your whole body into decision-making will please your entire self. 

WE&P by: EZorrilla.

The article is inspired my experience with the app Meditopia.

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