i am co-facilitating a group which is based on journaling. it is also geared towards recognizing the inner critic and moving past that voice to pursue deeper objectives. this last session, which is about midway in the program, was extremely joyous. i likened it to sitting around a campfire with travellers trading tales of adventures in the wood as well as past experiences and the lessons learned.
there was a glow (presumably the fictional fire) in the center and it gave off warmth and a sense of safety in the otherwise metaphorical dark. i was happy to discuss the idea of spiritual warrior to those assembled around the glow. it is my experience that i found myself sitting among a group of warriors today. i am at once humbled and proud. there is really not much that can compare to a group of faces that are underlit by the glow of a cozy campfire.
Characteristics of a Spiritual Warrior
Happiness is every person’s choice, but few really make an effort for it.
The Spiritual Warrior is a person who challenges the dreams of fear, lies, false beliefs, and judgments that create suffering and unhappiness in his or her life. It is a war that takes place in the heart and mind of a man or woman. The quest of the Spiritual Warrior is the same as spiritual seekers around the world. The Spiritual Warrior faces this challenge with the clarity and awareness that this war is fought within himself and that Truth and unconditional love are on the other side of these battles. This is what the Toltecs refer to as Personal Freedom. You can find this referenced in the book The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz.
you can read more about the spiritual warrior here
today's sound choice is a very former very favorite of mine. there is an old custom on some danceclubs of building a metaphoric fire in the center of the floor and to keep feeding the fire with energy and imagined wood to keep the energy flowing throughout the club. as you feed the invisible flames with love and passion, that same energy is transmitted outward and emanates to the nooks and crannys of the room. this is one of those "building" songs for me. here is danny tenaglia with "elements"