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Mindfulness, a practise which one day I feel I nail and the next I feel I struggle with immensely. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I feel like I’m about to do a blog post which goes against blogging as a whole. But I like to tell the truth, even if it means hurting someone. I don’t like to hide or make it look like I’m really good at sneaking things into a really big message. So, I want to tell you about something I bought. That I have an affiliate link for, but I assure you, I wouldn’t tell you about it if I didn’t believe in it.
The moment I received LSW Cards, I knew they were going to be the cutest and most amazing thing I’d bought this year. Not only would they help be more mindful, caring, and true to myself. But they would allow me to give back when I wasn’t sure how to.
But, as amazing as they are, please don’t tell my husband. He thinks one of the six notepads I bought this year, which I promised would change my life, is what he thinks are the best thing I’ve bought so far.
None of them, though, compared to how these little cards have lifted me.
I make it no secret that I struggle, and these cards have helped me so much with that. Some mornings, even though I’ve shuffled them, have given me direction. As though they are somehow magical and knew I needed them. They’ve helped me give back unselfishly, made me reflect; allowed me to reconsider the things I deem important, which are actually super stressful.
Within the deck of 45 cards, you get five options:
The messages on them range from quotes to things to consider, mindfulness and giving back. I won’t give them all away, because it ruins the beauty of finding them.
But, the LSW cards promise to increase your wellbeing, boost mood and help you move towards a more fulfilled life. And I can’t disagree with any of them. I’ve found myself with purpose when I’ve felt sluggish and unsure of what to do. I managed to tackle mindfulness in a way I wasn’t sure existed. It’s also given me a job to do when I’ve gotten in my own way.
They may be small, but by gosh are they mighty.
In the last week, my two favourites were:
Reflection: ‘It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matter.’ — Epictetus
Kindness: Buy a stranger a coffee today.
I can’t let you know how the person who received my free coffee must have felt, because, with COVID, I paid ahead rather than took one and gifted it to someone. But, I can tell you reading that quote made me feel a little less sorry for myself after waking up to some less-than-nice-news.
Obviously, these cards haven’t entirely turned my frown upside down; they’re not magical—even if I have been suspicious of it. But they aided me to turn it around myself. They gave me clarity. They made me consider something other than the narrative I told myself when I first woke up.
Amazingly, they also do a Kids Edition, so in all of this upheaval, you can introduce mindfulness and kindness to your children or to children you may even know. While you get 30 cards in this pack, over the 45 in the adult’s version, the theme is the same, even if the topics are different.
The fun thing about them, it’s up to you how you decide to use them.
On the days when I’ve been less than thrilled with myself, I’ve pulled another card. If you decide one day not to draw one, that’s okay too. That’s the amazing thing about them.
The thing is, while I may not have necessarily needed the cards to take a minute—because I’m in control of how I spent my time. Neither did I need a reason to be kind to other people. But, having these, and pulling them felt like an obligation to me—a point I was making to show up for myself.
I wanted to share them because I wanted other people to know they existed. That in the short time I’ve had them, I’ve found they helped. Mostly, when everything has felt so uncertain. It was a reminder on a cloudy day to be kind to a stranger; when the sun was shining, to be kind to myself, even if I didn’t feel I deserved it.
They may not be magical, and maybe they’re just 45-cards of affirmation and actions we should all be doing, but, I wasn’t, and they’ve helped. So, if you—like me—know a few people who need these too, then buy them. And, if you—also like me—needed a reason to show up for yourself, then treat yourself.
You didn’t hear it from me, but you can order chocolate to come with them (at an additional cost, I must say), but it is divine, and I ate it before I even let my husband see the wrapper.