Resisting Life

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Where there is power, there is resistance.”  ~ Michel Foucault

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.”  ~ Peter M. Senge

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  ~ Mark Twain

“Remember that on any world the wind eventually wears away the stone, because the stone can only crumble; the wind can change.”  ~ A.C. Crispin

“If you’re are paralyzed with fear it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”  ~ Steven Pressfield

“Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence.”  ~ Stephen Levine

“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is… The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.”  ~ Dan Millman

from The Desk of MarDrag:

As our threads are pulled through the canvas of this Great Tapestry of life, sometimes the tug is gentle and easy…but sometimes, the pull feels like a yank and our thread jerks along the canvas, resisting the path it needs to take in that portion of our picture. And the more the thread tugs, the more it snatches on fibers and knots and tangles…and the more it resists, the more it snags. It is a cycle.

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Resistance in life, is a cycle that feeds on itself. Resistance to life’s snags eats up our energy. When we would be using that energy to smooth out the fibers and find the place where the thread knotted, we spend our energy Resisting that the knot has happened…and it gobbles up our positive thought and action.

Resistance is of the Conscious Mind, and we get stuck there, trying to figure out why we are stuck there, what happened, who is to blame. Resistance is a false form of protection, because we think if we hold something away long enough, it will vanish and we will not have to deal with it. But the longer we Resist it, the more energy we spend, and the stronger whatever it is gets in its own Resistance to making itself be seen and heard.

But, if we could find our way to our Center, our Core, where Intuition and Feeling thrive, there lies our Truth and the reality of the matter. If we could get out of our Resisting minds, we could hear the voice of our Intuition telling us to do what we FEEL is right, and the Resistance would melt away. Because then, we would “Know” what to do and we would not need to fear the lack of an answer. Our Confidence would have our Feelings, and Resistance could not abound.

And our threads would untangle and smooth out in the canvas. Repairs could be made to the threads, and the needle could once again move smoothly and evenly, weaving the beauty of the Tapestry of our life.

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Consider that we must not Resist what IS. Because we Resist something does make it any less manifest. It is still there and holding power over us. If we pool our energy into embracing the truth of what may be happening in our lives, only then can we move forward to have the space in our minds, hearts and souls to see the remedy, solution or resolution.

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Resist not what you cannot change. Change what is in your power to change. And be empowered by that acceptance. On the other side of Resistance…is Freedom.



20 comments on “Resisting Life

  1. Hi Mardrag! And everyone! I’ve been reading…I really enjoyed the post about taking care of yourself as well as today’s.

    Great quote about Dan Millman – The Peaceful Warrior! Great quote and such a great movie about him. I like that the quote points out that resistance creates suffering. My anxiety can attest to that! The more I fought it, the more anxious I felt. Luckily, that seems to be changing. *phew*

    I like how you mention to embrace the truth. It’s not easy but it’s worth it. It’s funny how I can get caught up in what others expect rather than what’s true for me. That is usually what bring about anxious feelings. But when I do what I want or need, I end up feeling empowered.

    Thanks for a great blog!

    JustDee – I am sorry about your mom. That is very upsetting. I have been sending you my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to do so. ((((JustDee)))

    • Hi Boobah! Good to see you and glad you liked the post. Loved your comments!

      I hope JustDee is ok too. Haven’t heard from her in a few days.If you are reading JD…we are thinking of you and sending Love & Light!

      Hugs to you Boobah!! 😀

      • Hi Lainey….since she has posted it here on the blog, I do not think she would mind if I mentioned that her mom has not been well and is having a hard time. JustDee has been caring for her for some time and it has been tough. Can we keep that news just here on this blog tho, out of respect for JustDee? Would appreciate that! But join us in sending out positive energy and thoughts to her….I think she would love that! Thanks Lainey!!

  2. Awwww Thanks Everyone. ((((((((((Y’all))))))))))))
    My mom was transfered from the hospital to Hospice care last sunday and she passed away early yesterday (saturday) morning. She was a strong lady and fought to the very end – It’s sad she’s gone but I’m grateful she’s at peace now.

    • Oh (((((JustDee)))))……sweet lady I am so sorry to hear this! I know it was expected after a long battle that she fought, but it still is never easy to accept and deal with.

      My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts always and I send you warm hugs and good energy and strength to get through these next few days and weeks.

      Please check in with us when you can and let us know how you are doing. SO MUCH LOVE & LIGHT TO YOU DARLING DEE!! Bless you!

    • OH JustDee. I am so, so sorry for your loss. ((((((((((((((JustDee))))))))))))))))

      My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom seemed strong whenever you wrote about her and I feel like you inherited that trait. You are a wonderful daughter. I admire you very much. oxox

    • JustDee, my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother, may she rest in peace. The hope we cling to is that one day we will be reunited with our loved ones, it seems to be a good thing to hope for and to find comfort in during these times. Praying for you.

  3. I step away and when I come back, there you all are. I hope you all have a nice peaceful Sunday. I’m going to early mass today, since I want to join some activities during the day. I am so tired from yesterday’s but I loved to have had the chance to go “do”. I enjoy staying home and rest, my usual thing, but too much resting and hanging around by myself can’t be good all the time. At the same time, I do go “do” when I feel like it. I don’t force myself to do anything. Well, unless is going up a hill on the bike, and I can’t just stop :-P.

    I embrace my situation and all the resent changes. I am happy now 🙂 and I am glad I can say that and really feel it :-).

    • Cali, it is a joy to hear you say you are happy now and can really feel it…and that you are doing things for yourself when you want to and resting when you want to. You are living your life for YOU now…and that is as it should be.

      Bless you….and have a great Sunday! 🙂

      • Thank you so much for saying that! I like i can say this here and do not get put down. It IS ok to feel better, life is too short and i dont want to spend any more time sad or wishing or regretting, etc. having this place and MarDrag have helped me IMENSLY. You have no idea 🙂

        I hope you are doing well boo! Take good care 🙂

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