Self Care Solitaire blog featuring self care suggestions, clinical examples, product recommendations and playlists to help readers identify healthy routines and habits they can incorporate into their own lives
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Talismans and amulets abound in this mystical, tarot sized deck. For those seeking meaning, the Token Deck and guidebook provide an encyclopedia of protective and inspirational symbols, giving the user access to ancient cross-cultural folk wisdom. My hope is that, through using this deck, you will absorb and internalize a sense of power and ease in yourself, knowing that you exist both in this world and as a part of this world. This deck and its accompanying guidebook feature original art in a minimalist style and therapeutic insights steeped in mysticism.
This month's playlist is my attempt to capture the essence of Halloween. For me, this time of year is multifaceted: it's about fear and monsters, but it's also about acknowledging and accepting our shadows, exploring and integrating aspects from other identities. It's about embracing ourselves as magical beings, which we are - down to our stardust skeletons. Give these songs a listen and let me know what you think in the comments. Any other suggestions for Halloween related tunes?
Knowing who we are is so important to self care. How can we take care of ourselves if we don’t know what energizes us, what calms us, what excites us? But sometimes it’s hard to know who we are if “who we are” is in a state of flux. We are always changing. And maybe giving ourselves this permission to change, to experiment with our identities, can be self care in and of itself
We can learn countless valuable lessons from the natural world. Listen to this nature symbolism inspired playlist as you read about how it might look to use images and experiences of earth to remind us of important self care elements.
Since I was a teenager, I have felt a special connection with deer. During a difficult time in my life I found myself looking for clues that all would be well again, that things would turn out ok. I came to find that this message of health and gentleness was, for me, symbolized by deer. I doodled, sketched, painted, and wrote about deer for years, in an attempt to understand and internalize their message of hope. Eventually I got a tattoo - an image of a sleeping fawn - in order to carry this symbolism with me wherever I go. My tattoo, which I refer to as "my friend," has truly been helpful to me over the nearly five years since I got it. It is my animal medicine.
If we look through history, we find that symbolism is something that has always been important to the human experience. It is natural for us to distill complex ideas and meanings into images; in some cases this makes our messages easier to communicate to others. It may also solidify our values so that we ourselves have an easier time connecting with the represented idea.