Friday, January 5, 2018

How Can Tarot Readings Improve Your Mental Health?

By Sally Keys

If you turn to tarot readings or mediumship to discover your future or understand any messages that a loved one who has passed away wishes to relay, then you are just one of the many Brits who feel the need to connect with something greater than their own individuality. Tarot and other readings can be fun, enlightening, and useful in turn, often depending to a great degree on the talent and authentic gift of interpretation possessed by the reader. However, these practices may also bring you a benefit you may never have suspected: improved mental health and wellbeing.

Spirituality Plays an Important Role in Wellbeing
It is interesting to note how, in the past decade, Western science has undertaken study after study showing the measurable benefits that spiritual-based practices bring; yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation in particular have all been found to reduce stress levels, because of their ability to keep the mind in the ‘here and now’, and because they usually involve controlled breathing and the coordination of body and mind.

Some recent studies have found spirituality promotes happiness in children and adults alike. One 2014 study showed that spirituality can actually protect against major depression; in particular, activities such as meditation and religious practice cause a thickening in certain parts of the brain cortex, helping us keep depression at bay. The effect is even more pronounced in people who are predisposed to mental illness.

Is Spirituality Limited to Stipulated Practices?
In order to lead a spiritual life, being part of an organised religious group is not required. While studies have shown that being active in a religious community can indeed help us fight mental illness and provide crucial support, the benefits of spirituality can also be enjoyed by those who pursue it in an individualised manner.

Feel free to be creative when delving into spirituality. Practices such as Reiki and tarot readings can improve our mental health by deepening our connection to a greater life force. However, they also make us more introspective and aware of our inner world. These practices help us achieve the sometimes elusive state of mindfulness, in which we are relaxed enough to identify thoughts and emotions (both positive and negative) and allow them to exist.

In daily life, we often feel the need to ‘repress’ difficult thoughts, yet the purpose of mindfulness is to recognise that they exist, without allowing them to lead us into a self-destructive state.

If you wish to avail of the many benefits that spiritual practices can bestow on your mental health, by all means feel free to experiment with everything from yoga, right through to Tarot, and Tai Chi. When you are taking part in these activities, allow yourself to just ‘be’, opening your senses to the beauty, pain, and magnificence of the Universe.

Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. 

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