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Sunday inspiration for Mars direct: Becoming a soul warrior

Oya, the Warrior Goddess, by 

 

Mars turns direct next week and is stationary now and quite strong.  Mars represents the inner warrior – our courage and ability to defend ourselves.

 

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear.

 

She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle.

 

The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons.

 

The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”

 

Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.”

 

In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.

 

― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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By |2012-04-08T05:16:46-04:00April 8th, 2012|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration for the Leo Moon

The Moon enters Leo this Sunday morning April 1st.  Leo is the sign that teaches us to find joy amidst the pathos of everyday life, and celebrate life and our own unique individuality at every moment.

 

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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By |2012-04-01T05:03:31-04:00April 1st, 2012|Inspiration, Moon|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration from the trees

“There are times when I cannot believe I am separate from this earth, when I could swear the wind blows through me as it does the woven needles of the pine tree by the creek, when I feel my feet planted deep in the earth with the roots of trees and wild flowers, drawing essence.”   – Cathy Johnson   (Thanks to for the quote and the image from Maine.)

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By |2012-03-25T06:00:06-04:00March 25th, 2012|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration for Mercury Retrograde

Dr. Suess

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

 

Dr. Seuss

 

We can think of Mercury Retrograde periods as times when we look through the wrong end of the telescope.  This can seem to us like a “mistake,” or we can take another view and find richness in the experience of a different perspective.

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By |2012-03-11T05:47:42-04:00March 11th, 2012|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: The lifting of the storm

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working. Expecting the worst, you look, and instead here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see. Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open,  you’d be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.   –Rumi

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By |2012-03-04T07:42:02-04:00March 4th, 2012|Inspiration|0 Comments
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