Hard Won Lessons

 

“You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability–to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.”
― Dan Millman

 

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is surrender to life and be vulnerable. I have tried in many areas to control the flow of my life, second guessing my every word and action and worrying about the result only to end up totally tied up in knots. I believed that doing this would make me a better partner and father only to find that it puts unimagined strains on relationships. Little by little I am learning to let go and trust a bit more. Letting my son make and learn from his mistakes (as long as they are not endangering the life of himself and others) strengthens our relationship the more that I can do it. This extends to my relationship with my partner and my relationship with my life as well.
The less I resist in my life, the more flows through. Its amazing how much my constant questioning and over-thinking of things has impeded my quest to be more authentic. I have spent so much time trying to figure out what i want that i have stopped living it. When I give that up and let myself be and shut down the endless yammering of thoughts for awhile, I find my life a much happier place to occupy.
Blessings, G

 

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Facing ShadowFacing Shadow by G A Rosenberg

 

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  1. beautiful,….and I think the best word of strength here is “flow”. I often see or analyze life as a river. Rivers always have their current and those with a strong flow are cleaner, healthier, happier. When we dam a river we create stagnant pools on one side with the counter to the imbalance on the other side with extremely powerful and crashing release and fall. Rivers are meant to flow…to create and maintain their path. Being vulnerable within their own rite to trust that they will live (flow) on…and out to the greater source (the oceans) …just as we can trust to be vulnerable to the ebb and flow of our self within the larger picture, the natural world and universe.

    1. YES.. Thank you so much for this… so much of it is allowing ourselves to flow… taking in or letting go of things in a natural way.

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