centering self-scan

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Use this short centering practice before you do a tarot reading, first thing in the morning or before bed, or any time you want to come back to your grounded center.

  • Come into a comfortable position, sitting or lying down, and place your hands on your heart.

  • Breathe deeply in to a count of five, and out to a count of five, while repeating the mantra of your choice, either silently or out loud. I breathe in saying, "right here," and breathe out saying, "right now." Repeat this for several cycles.

  • Return to normal breathing, and focus on your hands; become aware of the tingling life force energy flowing through them.

  • Check in with your body. I ask myself, "what is happening in my body right now?" Become aware of any sensations you are feeling physically.

  • Then check in with your mind and heart. I ask myself, "what thoughts are coming up, what feelings are coming up for me right now?" Observe these thoughts and feelings without judgment.

  • Next, check in with any areas of struggle. I ask myself, "what's hard right now?" Offer yourself compassion for where you are in this moment, then wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug! I like to rock gently back and forth, comforting myself.

  • Lastly, open to gratitude: celebrate the things you're grateful for in your life.