Interesting time Christmas. Did I read it once or was it what the Swami’s told us? The energy of the Christ ed one ( we celebrate the birth of a sacred child named Jesus at Christ – mass) comes close to the Earth at Christmas time. And so we gather in loose knit groups family, friends, office workers,tennis Christmas parties etc.
We are together again with the passing of a year and pain and promise of who we are becoming.Doesn’t this take courage to look at those around us, those we choose to surround ourselves with and then the courage to look within.
Life can be quite miserable without courage. “Cowards die many times before their death.The valiant never taste of death but once”… said Shakespeare.
Acting strong begins with thinking strong. Thinking strong makes your thoughts grow stronger. Often the emphasis is on exercising the body , more importantly exercise your mind.Spiritual and moral muscles in your mind are built up like physical muscles by right thinking. Negative thoughts release chemicals that are often harmful to your body. Positive thoughts keep you vital and alive.
Lily Jenson writes”Have you ever known what you needed to do, but felt that you needed the encouragement or coroboration of others to speak up or step forward and do it?
This is perfectly natural. We’ve all been uncertain.
Stepping out on your own can be frightening, which is why so few people do it.
But amazing as it sounds, that’s exactly what everyone else is looking to do.
Interesting side note: the word “Courage” comes from the French word Coeur, which means Heart.
To have courage is working /living thinking from a full heart and moving from a place of compassion and right action.”
“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone”
We use the image of the open petaled lotus in Yoga, for a closed bud is an immature structure, only when we open out all our petals can we truly bloom. It takes courage to recognise and welcome all the aspects of who we are, the so called good bad and ugly. Some people in our family seem to rub us like sandpaper, and we are used to reacting a certain way. So the dance is perpetuated. We get angry ,anxious stressed etc.By playing small we do not help another. We have the right to say no thank you, not to join the Christmas whirl.
Christmas throws us together and aspects of ourselves are brought to the surface, be courageous see it as your own need to grow.
“The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.” Kahil Gibran.