The Battle is the LORD’S

He tried to ruin me.

He tried to take what was mine.

He tried to break me.

Break my stride and all that is inside.

He tried to rob me of my dignity.

But that is still mine.

He cannot take away my self-respect.

The devil is a lie!

He tried to Pillage me of the very things that were of value to me.

Took me and the little babies and threw us on the street.

I do not wish to take revenge, Karma is so sweet.

This crime is God’s to avenge.

I shall lay in waiting. With my head upon my pillow I anticipate…

“Time conquers all or all is conquered in time.”

He tried to rob me of my dreams, hopes, goals.

Of everything belonging to me.

Tried to pillage my very soul of everything it desires to be.

The battle is mine sayeth the LORD.

The battle is MINE.

 

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Have You Discovered Your Heart?

Have You Discovered Your Heart?

I had a conversation with my fiancé yesterday about our hearts. I told him our minds lie to us. Our thoughts and minds are like the serpent that spoke in the ear of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Living a full life, a wholesome and virtuous life, comes from living a life that is indicative of listening to one’s heart as opposed to our thoughts, brain, or mind. Although our thoughts, brains, minds all serve an intricate purpose for our survival – they cannot teach us how to manifest the “fruits of the spirit” ordained by God. Galatians 5:22, 23 states: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” These fruit reside in our hearts.

Laws exist due to the goings on of our minds. Reasoning is because of the nature that we as humans live in a state of perpetual “state of war.” Laws exist because man needs protection under the sovereignty of the law, but he still possesses a sense of human dignity independent of sanctioning by civil laws of the nation. This human dignity resides in the heart. Therefore, laws are a byproduct of man’s reprehensible treatment towards man.

As spoken by Immanuel Kant, in his Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, “rational being exists as an end in himself,” (p.573). That “categorical imperative” that man must do unto himself, as he would wish done unto him is legislation enough. God Himself to Noah similarly expressed this ideology in the book of Genesis (KJV) that man must not shed the blood of man, lest his own blood be shed. Human dignity is inherent in the souls of humanity i.e. heart.

How is this so? In a myriad of ways and platforms. Again, literature, for instance shows signs of this evidence in a number of places. E.g. in Lattimore’s (1951) Iliad of Homer by the compassion of the gods to intervene on the behalf of a corpse whom they believed had the right to a dignified burial. It was apparent in Grene’s (1987) Histories of Herodotus’ ten soldiers who could not find it in their will to take the life of an innocent baby, although it was predetermined to overthrow the kings of Corinth. Human dignity existed in a man who could not live to face his family suffering for having pride and dignity for their welfare, sought it best to take his own life in Willa Cather’s My Antonia (Kass, 2004).

What about that which is in us that persists to be even when our bodies have given out on us? Such as the washwoman in Singer’s (1994) In My Father’s Court, that woman was dignified enough not to die without first getting the laundry back to the family who awaited it. It still leaves tears in my eyes as I write this post. As well as the gentleman who consistently brought charity to one less fortunate than him every year on Thanksgiving, even if he did not have anything left for himself like The Old Gentlemen in O’ Henry’s Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen.

Those examples are indicative of the human dignity of which I am familiar. No laws, sanctions, or doctrines instill that within us. Laws, sanctions, and doctrines borne from our thoughts, brains, minds, and/or egos are merely there to protect those from many who choose to exploit that kind of dignity from those in a perpetual state of war seeking to take advantage of them.

But, nonetheless do these by any means justify our right to human dignity. It is not something that man can just call into existence and dismiss it as vain. It comes from a much deeper place, our hearts. When a thing or experience pulls on our heartstrings – it makes us respond. In our hearts exists a place we long to connect to because without its presence we become void. Human dignity is not something we need to receive any justification for, it is simply a large part of what makes us who we are. Souls that evolve though our hearts.

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Moments In Time…

Miracles All Around Us All

Don’t believe in miracles? Did you have to tell your brain to tell your lungs to pump air or your heart to pump blood so that you would wake up this morning?

 

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LIVE IN A PERPERTUAL STATE OF CALM!

CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM

How can one stay calm while drawing upon the demands of the hustle and bustle of day to day life? Easier said than done, right? I know, we’ve all been there. Life goes on. But let’s consider for a moment how do we find calm in the midst of a storm. Are we capable of separating ourselves from the event just enough to become centered and refocused? How about instead of flipping the bird at that driver who cut you off you say to yourself “it’s not worth it.” We get so caught up in these automatic reactions that we never manage to take a moment to deliberately choose how to act.

We can always adopt some practices or rituals that throughout the course of our day helps us to scale back from daily stressors. This may also assist us with rejuvenating our bodies and/or regrouping our thoughts. We are a resilient species so this is a concept we are all capable of aspiring to.

Some ideas of rituals I might recommend are:

A Water Ritual

There is a Japanese proverb that is so old it cannot be quoted verbatim with any certainty, but loosely translated it means, “Let the past drift away with the water.” Create a hand-cleansing ritual that you can do with the intention of washing away things that you may be holding onto.

An Earth Ritual

Get a box (a shoe box, a wooden box or any box you choose) and inside it place anything that is a reminder or attachment to what you’d like to get rid of in 2016. If it’s something in your head, write it on a piece of paper and place it in the box. Then dig a hole in the ground in a place that isn’t likely to be disturbed, and place the box inside. As you mindfully cover it with earth, say what you are letting go of, thank it for all it has given you and put it to rest. I recommend doing this at dusk (the end of the day) and at the Full Moon which represents endings, to give it special significance.

 A Wind Ritual

You’ll have to do this on a day or in a place where there is substantial wind. However, you can also use an electric fan. Write down on a piece of paper the thing or things you want to let go of. Then rip the paper into tiny bits and hold them in your hand. When you’re ready, open your hand, and let the little bits of paper go. You’re getting rid of your disappointments and challenges.

A Fire Ritual

Like the Wind Ritual, write down whatever is holding you back or keeping you anchored. Then burn that paper as you exclaim your intention to let go what’s written on it. You are giving it to the Universe to handle.

A Cutting the Cord Ritual

This ritual may have a significant impact on you and your ability to be free of the past. It cuts the cords (attachments) you have with people and things that no longer have a place in your life. Make the shape of a pair of scissors with you hand. State what or who you want to cut your cords with and use your “scissors” to cut around the outline of your body as if you were a paper doll.

These and other mindful practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, jogging, painting, writing, etc. this list is infinite. As long as you are presently engaged in the action. Overall, ‘mindfulness” is key. As the prayer from the feature image states, we must learn to accept things that we cannot change, find courage within ourselves to change those things that we “ought” to change (I’m paraphrasing here because not only are there things we can change; some things we must change).

Now this is not to say if we experienced a tragedy such a death, or an accident, or some traumatic event that forces us into an abrupt moment of hysteria, which is the polar opposite of calm that we’re supposed to simply hold it together. We’re human. And we are meant to experience AND express emotion equally. But that is what the other line of the prayer is stating when it says “…and the wisdom to know the difference.” That is when we use our gift of discernment. To know when losing it is “okay.” However, again it is crucial to remember not to totally forget or lose YOURSELF in the process.

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Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14

Enthusiasm

Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14

How do you feel when you have to do something you truly do not want to do? Are you enthusiastic or apathetic? Whenever we must do what we truly do not want to do it simply rob us of the experience that doing that thing is trying to teach us. It makes the receiver of the action feel like a burden. But what does it truly do to us? What is the result of doing something selfishly as opposed to selflessly? Not sure? I can tell you want the result is NOT… fruitful.

Doing something we detest or do not enjoy is usually done haphazardly. It breeds negative energy for all those involved. It shuns and rejects instead of welcomes and invites. Rejecting an invitation to engage in a project or assignment forces us to miss out on the learning process our soul is requesting us to learn. As the abovementioned scripture says, we moan, grumble, and complain about doing a thing and then most times this demeanor leads to some form of “DIS” which in Latin translation means “apart.” Like, DIScord, DISruption, or DISharmony. Also, it may ultimately lead to an argument.

Is arguing about a thing productive? No, not usually. When we are capable of allowing and accepting the grace that is provided in doing a thing we are not enthusiastic about, we can change the whole dynamic of the level of fruit that thing want to provide us. Nothing done out of sheer angst is ever pleasant. But having a pleasing attitude, and an attitude of service, can turn that chore into something that feels like a gift. The gift of looking on the bright side and thinking “what could I learn from this task?” “what lessons is it trying to teach me?” Sad reality is the less we want to do a thing, the less joy and wisdom we will be able to take away from the process.

That’s why the moment what may appear to me to be an imposition arises, I immediately change my perspective to one of gratitude. Being gracious about an inconvenience can actually end up being quite beneficial. However, we first have to change our mindsets about a thing. Because when we don’t we miss the mark. We miss the very blessing that God intended for us to receive when the job is done. This is indicative of sin. As a result, we then of course block our blessings.

Remember, we always have the option of saying “no” if doing a thing excruciatingly pains us. Giving away our power to choose to do something that our gut instinctually tells us is wrong or too hard is only going to end up hurting everyone involved. Which then all spirals out of control and transforms into a scenario no one intended. So just say no OR do it without complaining. Your choice. But choose wrong and you just may lose out on gaining the one thing you value most. YOURSELF.

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To Sir or Madame, with Love

Fortune

What do most people think of when it comes to the term “fortune?” Do they think of wealth? Power? Winning the lottery? Typically, I may think of fortune in terms of money or some variant of prosperity. However, today I actually had a little something different come to mind. A fortune cookie. Reason being is having had received a number of jovial and enlightening texts from my Asian friends of my favorite Asian cuisines. There is one fortune cookie in particular that I have carried in my wallet, visible whenever I open it to gain access to all the abundance the universe provides. This particular fortune cookie states “teach love for that is what you are.” This may be, not to seem too enigmatic, the most valuable eight words I have ever read. Why? Because “love” is why I blog. I also love teaching love.

How does one teach love? This can be accomplished in many different ways, however my preference is by way of pen and paper or keyboard. Not all of us are great speakers when it comes to communicating. For me, with blogging I have the best of both worlds. Not only do I not have to speak in front of a large crowd (I’m sure I may if asked) but writing gives readers options. To read or not to read, that is the question (Shakespearian voice)! Also, I get to write about what I love, which is love. Writing is an art; a gift of expression; a form of communication; therapeutic. Writing does so many magical things for me that no other skill provides.

But getting back to gaining a fortune (cookie). I am extremely grateful for the rewards teaching love offers because the reward is accessing more love. So if you’re interested in some unorthodox ways of learning how to love, which are customary according to the laws of God, feel free to visit my blog and read more about what love is teaching. Because again, for me teaching love, spreading love, and receiving love in return in a way that only the medium of writing provides, IS a fortune in and of itself.

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Folly: The Fails of Romantic Relationships

via Daily Prompt: Folly

Folly

Conflicts that arise in romantic relationships run deep and wide. These arising issues emerge from varying problems and behaviors that persist amongst its individual members. Some of the biggest mistakes the parties involved make typically stem from patterns, pathologies, and attachment issue. Saying hurtful things, degrading, belittling, judging, etc. are not components that define a healthy relationship. These actions are indicative of abuse. It is never wise to proceed in a romantic relationship that is unhealthy or abusive. Folly in this case is staying in such a dynamic under the guise that we can change or somehow fix the other person. The same way rules and laws exist in nature, society, in addition to the universal laws, i.e. Karma, that we must abide by to avoid punishment; there are rules and laws that romantic partners each much follow to express love and appreciation for the opposite party.

For example, Harry was a man with a small circle of friends who went about life feeling over worked and underpaid. He experienced many failed relationships and developed a resistance to trusting his significant others as well as incapable of being fully opened to give and receive love.

Sally, on the other hand, experienced divorced, became a single parent, and endured some of the trials and tribulations singles moms face while trying to raise a family. But she was also a woman of faith who was deeply grounded in her belief of a higher power. She decided she would take the time out of her life and love herself. The fear of entering another failed relationship without addressing some of her past transgressions seemed too excessive for her to take on without fully being ready to give or receive love herself. Sally started practicing yoga and meditation while also continuing to pray. She learned to forgive her shortcomings and the events of her failed marriage. It was hard, but she slowly and positively progressed toward a place of peace and understanding that would allow her to move forward with her life.

Eventually, Harry met Sally. Harry seemed to be a loving and kind person who was open and available for a commitment. Although, Sally was more aware that taking things slowly while entering a new relationship after all the progress she made was ideal. Especially after dealing with issues in her own life head on. She did possess enough faith to trust in the process and was mindful that she was deserving of the love that being in a committed, romantic relationship provided.

However, soon after the relationship began Harry became agitated and annoyed by situations that in a healthy relationship two people would opt to discuss and learn to compromise for the betterment of the union. However, this was a process that Harry was unfamiliar with. The more Sally forgave him and tried to “work through” some of the unresolved issues revealed by Harry, the less Sally felt as though her efforts were paying off. Why didn’t Sally leave the relationship? Because her avid faith and hope that over time things would change. That Harry would somehow “see the light” and began to turn things within himself and his life around to new behaviors that were more conducive for the relationship to grow.

Bottom-line, when participating in a relationship dynamic where one does not love themselves enough to work through the fears that hold them back from truly loving, the relationship is doomed to fail. The folly of one in such a relationship is to believe that solely being an example of love and light in oneself but coexist with someone who only knows darkness is a misnomer. When one is in darkness but craves to enter a romantic relationship without being aware of the extent of one’s fears and patterns that derived from past hurts, will only tear down the other member’s visions for the relationship who sole intention was love.

Failure to forgive, passive aggressive behaviors, anger, lack of trust, and fear are more than the adequate set of the tools one needs in their toolbox to sabotage any attempt at true love. The same way a bird needs two wings to fly, a relationship cannot thrive without two loving partners, not only to love the other person or love the idea of being in love. They must FIRST and FOREMOST love themselves.