This week I pulled a few cards for us, asking "What message wants to come through at this time?" We received the Seven of Cups, Knight of Swords and Four of Swords.
To me, the message that comes through is about the sense of overwhelm we may be feeling in today's society. There's so much going on right now with everyone and everything competing for our attention; it might appear to the outside observer that the world is a bit chaotic. There's a barrage of breaking news alerts, ads, and all sorts of things happening in our personal lives that can make it difficult to even hear ourselves think.
It's during times like these that we're being called to practice discernment. Does it serve us to follow the flock and get so worked up and involved with everything that's going on? Or, could we be of better service if we pause to consciously decide whether or not a particular situation warrants our energy?
We don't have to be so reactive to everything. We have the opportunity to choose how to proceed. One of the best things I ever did for my self-care was to delete Facebook and Twitter off of my phone and unsubscribe from all breaking news alerts. I get to decide when and where I want to check any news or engage on social media.
The Four of Swords asks us to turn inward and honor what feels good. For me, I felt called to delete Facebook and Twitter from my phone and unsubscribe from all breaking news alerts. It felt so draining to always be so connected. Now, I decide when I want to engage on social media or read the news.
Perhaps you don't resonate with disconnecting like I did. Find another way that allows you to practice your own form of discernment. When we're confronted with chaos we need to have a system in place that helps us to consciously engage rather than being so reactionary. Experiment and see what feels best for you.