I first called this article, "Lessons fools have taught me" but that sounded like I was going to write about ex-boyfriends and bad teachers. What I really want to talk about is the wisdom of The Fool, the first card of the tarot.
1. Have beginner's mind.
Over time we fill up with knowledge, habits and experience, and generally, that serves us well. But sometimes, being that full gets in the way of fresh thinking and creative possibilities. The gift of letting go of knowing is the opportunity to learn.
Traditionally, The Fool is shown to be teetering on the edge, just about to go over a cliff. Whenever we step into a new adventure, it's a risk. It's natural to be nervous. But think how many things were once risky that are now second nature, like standing, for example! Courage and confidence are created one leap at a time.
3. Don't pay too much attention to your fears.
See the little dog with The Fool? Often the dog is shown nipping at his heels or biting the seat of his pants to stop him from going over. Our fears do this to us all the time: sometimes protecting us, but sometimes holding us back. Take the time to listen to your fears, do what you can to support your safety and then get on with the adventure!
Even on the cliff, this Fool is taking time to dance. The most precious moment you have is now. Make room for some lightness and joy, maybe even some silliness - you may just find it delicious!
5. Don't worry about being a 0.
Our real human need to be respected and valued can sometimes transmute into a drive for and dependency on status. Keeping up with appearances and worrying what others think of us is exhausting! The Fool reminds us to drop out of that game and simply be. Wherever you are, it's just the right place on your journey.
What foolishness will you get up to this month?
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