Harboring resentments consumes a lot of energy. Why waste valuable energy on prolonged anger and guilt, when you could use that energy for far greater things? When you let go of resentment, guilt, and anger, you become revitalized and create space in your soul for growth….
Power leaks come in many forms: intimidation, discouragement and disappointment, setbacks, rejection, or loss, just to name a few. A leak is sprung whenever your inner resiliency is damaged or your feelings of self-worth are diminished. The best way to patch these leaks is to look back at your earlier successes as a way to remind yourself of what you are capable of. Do things that let you experience your power – even little things like hanging a picture or programming your VCR – to gradually seal the leaks and rebuild your confidence.
(From the Book “If Life is a Game, These are the Rules” by Cherie Carter-Scott, pp. 42-3 & 107)
Waking up to your senses
We need to wake up to their senses in order to see the world; it is only by clearly seeing the world that wisdom can be attained. Through breathing deeply, walking quietly, tasting delicately, hearing keenly, lessons can be gleaned from the world about the world. As our perceptions become clarified, thoughts become still. As our thoughts become still, our tendency to acquisitiveness begins to subside; a contentment arises that can serve as the perfect antidote to the over-consumption that currently chokes our culture. By centering ourselves we turn from the outward-moving immaturity that seeks constant gratification. To center ourselves, we need to return to the power of our own senses and their relationship with the elements that compose both our bodies and the planet itself. As our attachments weaken, our consumption will diminish. The diminishment of consumption in turn is the key to an environmentally sensitive lifestyle.
(From “The Soul of Nature” edited by Michael Tobias, p. 147)
The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary. You have to have compassion because it gives you the juice, the power, the passion to move. It means not to be afraid of the pain of the world. Then you can open to it, step forward, act. But that weapon by itself is not enough. It can burn you out, so you need the other – you need insight into the radical interdependence of all phenomena. With that wisdom you know that it is not a battle between “good guys” and “bad guys,” because the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart.
With insight into our profound interrelatedness – our deep ecology – you know that actions undertaken with pure intent have repercussions throughout the web of life, beyond what you can measure or discern. By itself, that insight may appear too cool, too conceptual, to sustain you and keep you moving, so you need the heat of compassion. Together these two can sustain us as agents of wholesome change. They are gifts for us to claim now in the healing of the world.
(From the book “Coming Back To Life” (by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown, p. 61)