100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 79 – In the midst of darkness, be the light!

Wisdom Day 79

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“When tragedy strikes, our first human response is to react in anger and with rage in our hearts, to attempt to end such dark behavior by throwing more darkness at the problem. Yet our rational minds tell us that reacting with darkness in the form of hatred and madness simply expands and multiplies the darkness. The only answer to so much darkness is to bring light. As Saint Francis of Assisi reminded us, ‘Where there is darkness, let me bring light.’”

Wayne Dyer’s Weekly Wisdom (10/29/2013)

candle_lightFrom the moment we wake up until the moment we close our eyes at night (or pass out from sheer exhaustion), it seems we’re being barraged by negativity and darkness sometimes. And if we’re not careful it’s easy to succumb to the mis-perception that darkness is winning over light.

On the global scale, there’s the financial crisis, the pompous political posturing and Congressional craziness, the saber-rattling and wars, hunger, natural disasters of epic proportion and incurable disease. And on a personal scale, physical and emotional stress, maladies of all kinds (and the treatments that sometimes cause even worse side effects), loss of loved ones, unemployment, loneliness, depression and disconnection. It’s enough to make you scream “stop the world … I wanna get off!!”

But as I say in my poem A Villager Speaks, and often quote on this site, “[u]ntil you take your last breath you will always have time to return to your place of origin and begin again.” Sometimes beginning again means having the courage to be certain in the midst of doubt, to be positive in the face of discouragement, to believe and have faith even (and especially) when all the evidence we experience with our senses says we should throw in the towel and quit.

Rest if you must …. but don’t you quit!

Staying positive and being the light in the midst of darkness, doubt and defeat is a tall order sometimes. A close, life-long friend’s struggle in the fight of her life against triple negative breast cancer that has metastasized is an ever-present and all too real case in point. But when life looks bleak, it’s more important than ever to focus on the moment, on the now. And to re-charge, re-focus, renew and SHINE! It may be cliché, but that doesn’t make it untrue: “It’s ALWAYS darkest before the dawn.”

Need some action items to turn this ideal into a reality? Here are some tips to stay positive and be “the light”.

10 Ways to Defend Yourself Against Negativity

Train Yourself to be More Positive in Five Steps (TinyBuddha.com – Simple wisdom for complex lives)

Tips for Overcoming Depression (Dr. Oz)

Listen with Your Heart: Talking with Someone Who Has Cancer (American Cancer Society)

Be well … & WISE! Tonya Marie

Post Script: This post is in honor of a person..just me @B_Still_today who checked in recently to ask what happened to my 100 Days of Wisdom project. I am excited to jump back into my regular inspirational/spiritual blogging. Because although I needed a moment to rest … I did not quit!


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100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 78 – Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained … GO FOR IT!

Wisdom Day 78

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“Venturing out and trying different things deepens our interest and understanding of the world around us. Just outside our doorstep there is a multitude of customs and cultures waiting to be explored. Consciously entering into this new terrain in turn arouses in us a sense of exhilaration, for we know that with each step we take, there is so much more to discover. By going beyond the confines of your usual routine today, you will find that excitement and new opportunities to expand your horizons await you.” Madisyn Taylor, “Go for It: Making It Happen”

DiverWhen what you say you want and what you do matches what your heart desires, your mind, body and spirit align with the energetic flow of the Universe. And the Universe, in turn, will meet you where you are and support you in living your best and most authentic life. And seemingly “out of the blue” things suddenly start falling into place. It’s not magic. It’s Divine.

But often times, our heart’s desire requires us to reach beyond our comfort zone, past the self-imposed and perceived external limitations about what is “right” or “prudent” or even “possible”.

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100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 71 – The Wisdom of Surrendering to a Process We Can’t See

Wisdom Day 71

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“All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see. .. As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.”

~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening (4/5) ~

Girl Holding PlantWhat a lovely reminder about the spiritual lessons found in nature!

We are surrounded by living wisdom teachers that demonstrate to us how to live fearlessly and faithfully. Their example is a divine testament about how to yield to a spiritual process that cracks us wide open so that we can spring forth from the perceived limits of our current situation and grow into the fullness of the divine being we were created to be and already are.

And Mark’s words also remind us that so much of our potential is actualized in the darkness and just beneath the surface.

And so it seems surrender and courage go hand in hand. It takes courage to surrender. And it takes full surrender to “the process'” — often without knowing the plan or purpose of what we are going through in the moment — to truly grow, to break ground, to see the light and to “be ye transformed”.

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