I actually have an abridged version of this post as a highlight on my Instagram page, but I wanted to talk about my contemplation cards deck and explain what they are, how I interpret their purpose, and how they can improve your life. I post about these cards on my Instagram daily, so I wanted to take some time to explain them further and hopefully inspire others to think about their purpose.
(1) What are contemplation cards?
They are a deck of 60 cards that have single, though-provoking words on each card. The creator of this particular deck states that these cards are a “tool for introspection and positive intention.” I use these cards for reflection also.
(2) How do these cards work and what do you do with them?
There is no right or wrong way to use these cards. For me, I choose one card from the deck each day. It’s as simple as that. For others, they may choose a card for the week, for the month, for special occasions, and so on.
(3) What do you mean by affirmations, intention, and reflection?
We are surrounded by constant stimulation and are constantly on the move, so sometimes we need some help to focus our minds and reflect on our lives. I use these cards to choose a word that I will then think about in reference to what has been going on in my life and what I want my life to include in the future. For example, if I picked the word love, I could reflect on the opportunities within in this day that I got to spend with my family and friends and be grateful for the support they provide. Another option is to set an intention or create an affirmation based on the word.
Let’s break down the difference between those two, since it is a hotly contest topic as to which is better, before I continue on with my example…
Affirmations are declarations that something is true. These are written and stated in a positive and present tense. Think “I am.”
Intentions are commitments to carrying out an action in the future. These are written and stated in a future-thinking tense and are also positive in nature. Think “I will.”
As I was saying, if I were to set an affirmation regarding the word love, I could say “I am loved.” If I was creating an intention, I could say “I am striving to surround myself with love and to send love out into the world.”
These types of thoughts are extremely powerful and are helpful tools for getting your mind into a positive and grateful place. It is easy to take for granted the little things in life and it is easy to get bogged down my negative people and energies, so it is important to have little daily reminders of all the good you are surrounded by.
(4) Where did you get your deck? Who made it?
I bought my deck at one of my favorite stores in Philly: Open House! Next time you’re in the city make sure to check them out. (They’re right across from McGillin’s!) You can also check out Chronicle Books, the creator, and buy the same deck online right here.
(5) What inspired you to buy them?
My first inspiration to buy cards likes these was Broadway actress Sierra Boggess. She has an Angel Card deck, which is also a deck of words used for contemplation, that she chooses words from and posts on her website log and on her InstaStory/Feed. If you’re interested, join her mailing list so you can get each month’s keyword that unlocks her “I Am Enough” section of her website where she writes about the Angel Card she pulled for that month.
My second inspiration to buy cards like these was my yoga studio, the Prancing Peacock! There is a portion of the yoga class I take that is dedicated to meditation. During that time, John, my usual instructor, will ask us to set an intention for our practice, or for our day. Hearing about that in class made me think about setting intentions and thusly inspired me to buy my contemplation cards deck.
(6) How can these cards actually improve your life?
As I talked about in my answer to question #3, these cards can be used a tool to help you focus in on various, positive aspects of your life. The deck contains words such as celebration, communication, creativity, renewal, detoxify, hope, acceptance, responsibility, and more! An easy way to become a more introspective person is to take a few minutes out of each day to focus on a single word and how it relates to your life or how you want it to relate to your life in the future. This is a very simple form of personal care, self-assessment, and positive thinking. Everyone could use a little more of those things in their lives, so an easy way to start down that path is to pick one card a day and watch how your life changes one little step at a time!
I hope this post has inspired you to buy your own deck, or at least start setting a little time aside each day to think more consciously about your life! You can check out what my word of the day is in my InstaStories and by checkout out the hashtag #contemplationcards on Instagram as well! Happy intention setting!
All my best,
- Header photo | Nichole Mottershead
- In-copy collage | InstaStory photo backgrounds
- Renewal card – Nature in Winter by Erol Ahmed on Unsplash
- Purpose card – Light, color, colorful and bright by Efe Kurnaz on Unsplash
- Awareness card – Where to next? by Andrew Neel on Unsplash
- Celebration card – LGBT Rainbow Glitter by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
- Perspective card – Building, skyscraper, apartment and air conditioner by Rikki Chan on Unsplash