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The Four of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

August 24, 2017

Four of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Four of Swords.

This card represents rest and recuperation, and it also indicates meditation and introspection. Because of that, I thought of the Four of Swords when I saw a video called “What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains” from which I got the following quotes from Nicholas Carr:

We are living in a state of perpetual distraction, which crowds out the more contemplative, calmer modes of thinking.

The ‘Net is making us more superficial as thinkers.

This suggests today’s advice for improving your life:

Make time today (and everyday) to switch off your electronics—your computer, cell phone, and television—and think calmly and deeply about something important to you.

Or you may prefer this more general suggestion:
Get away from the distractions of everyday life now and then. That’s where you’ll find peace and where you’ll discover true understanding.

Similarly, I once read an article about how our electronic tethers are affecting our sleep (in a bad way). This is a quote is from that article:

The No. 1 way to get better sleep: Turn off the technology, especially in the sanctity of your bedroom.

In fact, if you Google “turn off your electronics before bed” you’ll find a lot of articles in support of this assertion.  So another suggestion is this:

An hour before bedtime, turn off your cell phone and other such distracting pieces of technology. If you can keep them out of the sanctity of your bedroom entirely, that’s even better.

But, wait! There’s more!

I once read a great article called “Why Silence is So Good For Your Brain.”  Here is a quote:

The ceaseless attentional demands of modern life put a significant burden on the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is involved in high-order thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving. As a result, our attentional resources become drained. When those attention resources are depleted, we become distracted and mentally fatigued, and may struggle to focus, solve problems and come up with new ideas.

Indeed, one study cited in this article found that just two minutes of silence can be more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music.

So here is yet another suggestion for how to make your life happier:

Several times each day spend a couple of minutes in complete silence.

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Many of these suggestions from the cards about how to live a happier, more fulfilled life were inspired by my pithy Tarot meanings and by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. If you like them, you’ll love my books, Pithy Tarot and The Soul’s Journey. Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.  For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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