We tend to hide scars as imperfections. This is in error, because scars come from conflict, and conflict gives birth to growth.
Scars are evidence of the willingness to engage the battle without backing down. Scars are a visible statement that says:
I am willing to engage, and I am committed to survival.
I will not go quietly.
Stage one, we see life in us/them terms. When the other doesn’t do what we like, we want them to change so that we can be happy. Not very effective life strategy, for sure.
Stage two, we realize the we are inextricably intertwined with the events of our lives, and the outcome depends on the meaning we attach to the event.
Stage three…we realize that, as stage two suggests, we must blend with the situation, but there also exists the possibility that the situation/person/event is really a reflection of ourselves, calling us to self reflect.
Stage four…knowing that both, and neither, are true.
There is a thin line between the insane and the genius. Both, in fact, are merely reference points; assessments done by other people. We often live our lives based on the opinions and expectations of other people.
Maybe we need to reassess what’s crazy,
living according to the rule of the herd and their collective opinion,
or walking you own path, however crazy.
Marcus Aurelius also wrote : “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Maybe crazy isn’t so crazy, and as you contemplate, know that Marcus Aurelius knew this…in the second century AD.
We often cringe at the glimpse of our shadow side
the flaws, the darkness…a cosmic mistake
that I didn’t ask for.
But if there’s a shadow, it also means
that the light is shining also, and the darker the shadow,
the brighter the light.
Give yourself a break. This shadow is your work, this time around.
Don’t hide from it…it is your path.
Don’t waste your time lamenting about the darkness that shouldn’t be there,
because the only way you wouldn’t have it,
is if you were totally submerged in darkness, and we all know that
nothing exists without its opposite, its analog.
It seems natural to seek the easy way out, to seek fairness, to frown at the looming darkness on the horizon. May we remember that all gain is preceded by conflict, and conflict is only given to Warriors.
Turn it around.
Run toward the flames.
Welcome the rain. Rise to the challenge, even if it kills you.
You’re a Warrior. It’s what you’re born for.
The storms should be fearing you.
When you act from a place of genuine abundance…abundance of happiness, success, and gratitude…even when all you see is darkness and all you hear negativity, magic happens. This is not to be confused with wishful thinking or “fake it till you make it”…it is action from a sincere knowing that one could not exist without the other; opposites co-define each other and so coexist. In fact, if it’s dark, that’s great…that means you’re very close to the light…
Declaring your intentions and
announcing your plans
is like uprooting a seedling
before it’s had a chance
to sink its roots.
Let the dream stay a dream
until its reality
is seen by all.
Everything needs its opposite to define itself.
Hot defines cold, high defines low.
All singularity exists in a binary state.
Polarity gives way to motion;
Nothing can escape this paradox, even paradox itself…
This truth…is also false.
The future and the past are virtual; they have no weight to them other than what we allocate by way of attention. This debt can feel so high, this weight so great, that it steals us away from this moment, the only moment. It can make us absent in the present, and paralyze us. Most animals don’t seem to share this affliction with humans…it’s always NOW to them…
Anger is a heated response to feeling totally out of control to the present moment. It is a lashing out; in a sort of bunker-buster, last ditch attempt to return life to the way you think it should be. It is total non-acceptance, and as such, a sign of weakness. It is closer to the antithesis of ferocity, which has nothing to do with ego at all… or even self preservation…