Courage and strength must walk together during the course of our lives, nowadays more than ever!
During times of great challenges that many of us are going through right now, it is imperative to invoke our courage! To whom? You may ask…to our Highest Self, the most powerful, and untouched by the Ego, part of us. It knows every aspect of our lives, every part of our being, our joys and our sorrows.
Through breathing and body awareness, we can calm down our emotions and slowly bring ourselves into a state of deep communion with that wise part of us. Easier said than done, right? After all, we have accumulated in our bodies so much energy from suppressed emotions, that sometimes this simple task may seem insurmountable. I promise you…it is not!
We might need to change directions in a few areas of our lives. We might need to cleanup our inner channels which will allow us to experience such Divine communion. Once we plug into Source, all the information available to us to overcome any obstacle we might be dealing with will be delivered to us. The speed and quality of information we can access from Source are proportional to our faith, to the calmness and acceptance of our being to receive the blessings at the time needed…even if the blessings initially bring us pain.
“When we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it. When we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us, these are the times we connect with Bodhicitta(awakening mind). Tapping into that shaky and tender place has a transformative effect. Being in this place may feel uncertain and edgy, but it is also a big relief.” Pema Chodron ( The Places that Scare You) “Being compassionate enough to accommodate our own fears takes COURAGE of course, and definitely feels counter intuitive, but it is what we need to do. “
I recently finished reading the book “The Great Work of Your Life”, written by Stephen Cope( Founder and Former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living).
The author examines the life struggles faced by such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Harriet Tubman, and Mohandas Gandhi, encouraging us, the readers, to reject the modern idea that “we can be anyone we want to be” and instead to discover and fully pursue our inner self’s calling.
Gospel of Thomas(mentioned multiple times by the author):
“If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you; if you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.”
Something to really think about it, don’t you think?
I believe it is critical to invoke our courage when we feel defeated, when we feel that the darkness left no room to the light to come in, when our intellect decided that we have exhausted all rational possibilities to get us out of ” trouble” or troubled emotions. Energy work is an amazing tool to help us navigate such challenging times. We can learn and practice QiGong, Tai Chi, Yoga and meditation or even receive a massage and Reiki healing.
What if blazing a completely new path is the answer to many of our inner struggles? One step at the time. The new path might demand from us a serious commitment to detachment…maybe from people, places, life style and even careers we identify ourselves with.
It’s important to remember over and over again that before leaving our body after this life on Earth, it will be required from us to empty our pockets completely from the material …and to open our hearts completely, taking with us only the experiences that made us a better human being than when we started this journey!
When we see so many of our brothers and sisters choosing to walk themselves to the other side during times of intense struggle and pain, action is a must. We must share with one another love and hope.
“There’s so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care
I’ll give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh, take his hand, you’ll be surprised
Oh, take it”. (Supertramp- Give a little bit)
Whatever we have learned during our own time of darkness it might be just the hope and light needed on somebody else’s path at this very moment.
Let’s reach out to one another, instead of isolating ourselves ashamed for not knowing how to deal with our inner battles and desolation. Let’s bring to the light our own shadows(no shame in that) and learn that only when we have that courage, we will find the strength to get up once again and keep walking the journey until the end, no short cuts.
Maria Helena Anderson
P.S. Remember that is always ok to disagree with other people’s point of view. Many times they will stir within us deeper thinking, and that might be just what we need… to have deeper thoughts about life.