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  • Care: an attitude of turning toward and paying attention.
  • Compassion: an attitude of responding.
  • Cheer: an attitude of thankful joy.
  • Calm: an attitude of balance and equanimity.

The Four C’s build on each other, each one embodying a different aspect of an interconnected life. Taken together, as the scaffolding upon which we build a life of abundance and ease, these Four C’s help us navigate our separate seas of isolation and fear. And we can begin simply enough. We can begin cultivating these four attitudes just by asking questions. The more audacious the questions, the better. I’m a big fan of hypothetical questions. What-if’sallow us to consider all manner of possibilities and opportunities. I still remember the best bumper sticker I ever saw: “What if the Hokey Pokey really were what it’s all about??” Learning to dwell in the land of the abundant and loving heart may require some pretty audacious hypotheticals.

What if I greeted every moment with care and friendliness? What if I responded to the pain of others as if it were my own? What if I took cheer and found joy in each precious moment? What if I calmly accepted the good with the bad?

Ultimately each Abode offers a landscape for the heart, a terrain for the mind. As we encounter our own puppy-mind, the more we meditate and reflect upon that landscape, the more easily we may find ourselves dwelling there. And, over time, we may find that the puppy will train itself.

Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...