The Eight of Swords is a card of self-imprisonment and isolation. I can’t help but think of the early stages of chronic pain, when this card comes up. To read my take on this relationship, click here.
Today, I see in the Eight of Swords, the need for gratitude, to appreciate the things we do have. If you are struggling with health issues, it can be easy to lose sight of these positives. This can easily spiral into a vicious cycle. Negative thought patterns adversely affect our bodies and the more our health deteriorates, the more depressive our thoughts become. The key here, is breaking that cycle.
Take some time each day to list the things in your life that you are grateful for. Recognise that there is always someone worse off than ourselves. Even just giving thanks for life itself is a start.
I have many things in my life I am thankful for and keeping these in mind helps me keep a positive attitude, it has also helped me to heal and be happy again.
Life can be so very hard, but focusing on the good, instead of the negatives, can see us through the most trying of times and prevent us becoming trapped in a desperate, depressive prison of our own making.