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Wheel of Fortune — Spiritual Message of the Day

June 24, 2011

Wheel of Fortune -- Tarot of the Masters

“You win some; you lose some.” — Traditional

In a prior post about the Wheel of Fortune I talked about the lesson of equanimity in the face of misfortune. In this current post I would like to add to that discussion with comments specific to the importance of cultivating nonattachment to the results of our actions, of developing an ability to retain our composure and enjoyment of life even when our efforts fail.

A great deal of suffering arises from our tendency to attach to the anticipated results of our actions. We may enjoy a bit of happiness when we win, but inevitably, since we lose some too, we suffer unhappiness at other times. And even those happy win-times are tainted with fear that we may lose what we have won, or disappointment that the win wasn’t big enough, or worry that we were just lucky that time, or … It never ends, does it!

As long as we base our happiness on externals, like winning, we are doomed to suffering. But as we develop equanimity—the wisdom that it’s all good since it’s all Life—we become able to maintain our happiness both in good times and in bad times, win-times and lose-times. As the saying goes, “Happiness is an inside job.”

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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