Thoughts For The Day

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 “Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer.”  ~ Kripalvanandji

 

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

 

Crying is such a great purging, washing us clean, as the tears flow like a river. We feel our emotions so deeply that they command expression. This is good, because such depth needs acknowledgement. When we cry, we open our channel to be heard, by whatever Higher Power we aspire to…and it is a prayer, or plea, in its purest and most honest form. When necessary, let those tears flow and cleanse you. It is not a sign of weakness at all, but an act in courage that, no matter how raw and deep the wound goes, there is still space for hope and renewal. Those tears clear that space for us.

 

And…did you know that we only have enough tears to cry for 10 minutes at a time? The tear ducts empty and it takes 10 minutes for them to fill up again. Thus giving us the space for breath and repose. The intelligence of the body!

 

Thought 2

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”  ~ Joseph Campbell

 

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

 

We all need a Sacred Space. Sometimes it is a space in the physical, somewhere we go to find solitude and ponder and rejuvenate. But, if we do not have that space, or the time to get to it, within each of us is space to build a Sacred Space…a place we go within, built just as we would like, made just for us, where nothing and no one can get in unless we invite them. And in that Sacred Space is everything we need for ourselves…our Power, Compassion, Strength, Wisdom, and so much else. If you have not, go within and build your Sacred Space…fill it with all that you need for peace and balance…and go there often. Feed and nurture yourself from within. You will find what you need…over and over again.

 

Thought 3

“The power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.”  ~ Dan Brown

 

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

 

If you ever thought you do not make a difference, that your thoughts or actions do not count, that there is too much negativity to overcome…and so it is hopeless…read this quote. It is so true, and it could save us. Consider that, whatever you are thinking right now, thousands of other minds are on the same thought. If that is negative…so will the energy be that flows from those thoughts. Now…just imagine for a minute…a thought bubble…connected by so many minds on the same thought…and that thought is Love. Imagine that bubble spreading across the world. Just think what that could mean. Make a difference. Think Love.

 

Blessings!

About Letting Go

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It can be very difficult to let things go when we have strong emotions that are tied to whatever it is we are holding on to. Whether it is a past mistake, something someone did to us, a fault of ours, thoughts we feel we should not have, anger, frustration, something we want to manifest…any manner of things that take up space in our minds and hearts and make us hurt, regret, get angry, worry to the point of distraction or even go into depression.

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Consider that by holding on to whatever “it” is, we are keeping “it” alive, keeping it in the forefront of our minds, hearts and souls…not giving ourselves a chance to work it out, get over it, or let it go. We keep running the tape about it over and over and over and over again in our minds. But does it go anywhere? Does it help to keep running the tape? Does it change anything about what is on the tape? Does it solve the problem?

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Think of it this way…You are holding an object in your hand, you curl your fingers around it, feel it press against the palm of your hand. As you hold it tighter, you feel its impression deeper and deeper against your palm, your fingers are becoming stiff with the force of holding this object, your finger nails now digging into your skin. You are holding it so tight your knuckles are turning white and you begin to feel the muscles in your forearm tensing with the struggle. Your elbow cracks with the force as it moves up your arm, into the upper portion and clear up to your shoulder and into your neck, up through your head. Your muscles are tensing and flexing so hard now your arm begins to vibrate. You are holding this object so hard that your entire arm, shoulder and then your whole body reacts to the power of it, struggling with the might that is your own strength. Sense the enormous amount of energy it takes to hold on to this object, to keep it in your hand and not let it fall. It takes all of your concentration, will, strength and power to hold it there, keep it there. You are literally holding your breath with the sheer effort of it all. You are aware of how hard it is to hold onto this thing, how much of your valuable energy it uses up. And you begin to feel like you can’t take it anymore.

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The lesson here is…It takes far more energy and effort and causes far more pain to hold on, then it does to Let Go.

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We are the very hand that causes the stress and strain that we feel from holding on so tight and being unable to let go. The hand, arm, shoulder and head signify the heart, mind, soul and body and the damage we do to them.

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It takes great courage to Let Go of something we want to fix, change, create, or manifest. When we Hold On…we are taking up valuable space that, if cleared, is ready to receive the abundance the universe has to offer us…the abundance of what is right and good for us.

Imagine opening that hand (above)…uncurl those fingers and allow what you have been holding on to, to go free. Just as we have our own unique place in this universe…so do the things, people, and emotions and feelings in our life that we hold on to. Letting them go allows them to get to the space or place they belong. If they are meant for us, they will stay. If they are not, they will fly free, and we will have the magical opportunity to refill that space with something that is better for us.

Imagine the relief of not having to struggle to hold on…and letting the flow back into our lives. Deep breath now! It is a good thing!

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Blessings!

The Gift of Authentic Anger

 

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”  ~ Gloria Steinem

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”  ~ Maya Angelou

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses.”  ~ William Arthur Ward

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.”  ~ Malcolm X

“Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice.”  ~ Jim Butcher

“Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.”  ~ C. JoyBell C.

“If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.”  ~ Deepok Chopra

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”  ~ Marcus Aurelius

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”  ~ Plato

“Anger is a valid emotion. It’s only bad when it takes control and makes you do things you don’t want to do.”  ~ Ellen Hopkins

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Anger…one of the most powerful emotions we can feel. Like Love…another powerful emotion…Anger comes from deep within us and bubbles and froths to the surface. It can seethe like a fissure, or explode like a volcano. Its source is rooted deep within us, yet often we do not realize this, and only acknowledge or feel the surface aspect of Anger.

Anger is that emotion that, too, gets a bad name for itself. But…it is not the Anger itself that should be blamed…but the actions we choose to take in its name.

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I went looking for a definition of Anger from my old, tattered, dusty yet trusted friend, the Oxford American Dictionary that still sits in its exalted place on my desk. Here is what it offered:

Anger: a feeling of great annoyance or antagonism as the result of some real or supposed grievance; rage; wrath; A strong feeling of displeasure or hostility.

Source: [1100 – 1200; from Old Norse angr, grief or sorrow; Old High German; anguish; related to Old English enge, Latin angere to strangle]

Reading the definition of Anger gives great insight to its true meaning, and gave me pause to think. For, it is true that, when we get Angry at someone or some situation, it is because we perceive a grievance, or that we are wronged in some way, lied to, and oh so many more reasons too numerous to name. But you know! So, that hostility roars to the surface and demands to be displayed. The grievance that we perceive has made us feel vulnerable, splayed open by its indignance…and we want to strike out and show our displeasure.

But…let us look at the source of the word Anger…from the Norse and German origin…meaning grief, sorrow or anguish. Reading this gave me a deeper understanding, then, of where Anger comes from. When we feel Anger…we are not merely Mad…we are hurt, sad, pained, betrayed…a whole plethora of other emotions we fail to consider…as we wrap them in this emotion of Anger…which is seemingly easier to acknowledge, and deal with. We hide from the vulnerability needed to acknowledge that there is a deeper emotion at the source of the Anger because it appears to be a risk not lightly taken.

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So consider this…Anger can be a very healthy emotion to allow. Of course, if it takes over and, as one of the quotes above says, makes us do or say things we should not, then we need to gain control over it. But, if it is Authentic Anger…it will not lose control. In fact, Authentic Anger is very much in command of itself…for it comes from our willingness to be open about the true emotion it swells from. Authentic Anger can be a great motivator. Authentic Anger contains truth and openness and feels right. Inauthentic Anger has no real direction…it just sits there festering. Authentic Anger leads to intuitive guidance…no more second-guessing of our feelings…and it flows and moves through us. Which is the healthy way to process Anger, and use it properly. And…we can feel the difference. We can be in control and open at the same time.

Give Anger intelligence…and it takes on a different voice.

We should give Anger its due by taking the risk to admit what we really feel. Even if it is just to ourselves. Anger will then take on its pure role, and we can use its motivation to move forward with a decision or a resolution or solution…rather than just sitting within the haze of the Anger. It is a motivator for movement…not to be used as a block to stalemate. It can feel good…if we move it along.

Authentic Anger…simply IS…so we must be the conductor of the orchestra of our lives and direct the energy. We must direct that energy to manifestation. Where and to what would we truly direct it? A question…to be answered…within the circle of our truth.

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Blessings!