Compassionate intensity, the way of the warrior.
Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”
― Lori Goodwin
We had a very interesting interaction at international centre on the universal way of living; one of the participants is an adept of the way of the warrior.
He talked of two books, one I think was by a Roman emperor Marcus something (I could be wrong) the other was of course Sun-Tzu. Now I always thought Sun-Tzu had something to do with war, the speaker shared yes, war did not mean with the outside world it could be in dealing with challenges of our own lives.
He then shared, that if we recognize our warrior self, the Kshatra-dharma we exhibit strength without sacrificing tenderness; this was the path of Karna.
The human soul being dynamic adapts readily to changing conditions it encounters as time marches unerringly forward. We may choose a single set of characteristics to define ourselves; we slip in and out contradictory roles as the circumstances invite it. Though some of the people walk the path of the warrior, to self understanding, call the social service,
When the need arises to explore the way of the warrior, we experience a strong sense of dismay as we have no wish to disown our softer side. What we do not realize that embracing the warrior spirit is not about denying gentleness or compassion, because all the traits exists within us to some degree or the other and in many cases they are at peace with one another. The exhibition of strength without sacrificing tenderness becomes possible as both have a role to play within the complexity of existence.
Since the path of the warrior or the warrior spirit is overpowering and all consuming, it we decide to allow it is the affirmative force in our life then we need to temper it wisdom and moderation. The inner warrior in us is ready to react instantly to conflict, chaos and confusion; the warrior instinct is nourished with raw emotions with the potential to cause us to lash out. Anger has its place but it does not serve us, the way of the warrior was the way of knowing. Of that knowledge requires us to use anger, we then use anger but we cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing our temper.
The inner warrior is a source of strength that we can draw upon in the times of great need. When we employ our warrior spirit thoughtfully it manifests itself as clarity, focus, determination courage constancy and an unflappable zest for life.
The warrior views roadblocks as evolutionary opportunities and is not afraid to pursue a purpose to its climax. There is more than enough room in the existence of the warrior for softness and benevolence, and the warrior’s willingness to stand up for intrinsic beliefs.
It occurred to me, exploring this unique side of ourselves would mean broadening our reality, such that we can internalize mindfulness while meeting life’s challenges with an intensity of spirit that never wavers.
Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
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