Friday, April 28, 2017

A Warrior's Heart

To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit. But the place for this warrior strength is in the heart. We need energy, commitment, and courage not to run from our life nor to cover it over with any philosophy – material or spiritual. We need a warrior's heart that lets us face our lives directly, our pains and limitations, our joys and possibilities. This courage allows us to include every aspect of life in our spiritual practice: our bodies, our families, our society, politics, the earth's ecology, art, education. Only then can spirituality be truly integrated into our lives.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Standing Strong
Growing Strong
Clarity, Hope. and Courage
May Balance and Harmony Be Your Aim
The Way of the Wounded Healer
David Whyte: "To Be Courageous is to Stay Close to the Way We Are Made"
Lovemaking: Pathway to Truth, Harmony and Wholeness
Quote of the Day – December 29, 2011

Image: Michael Greyeyes as the Oglala Lakota warrior and mystic Tȟašúŋke Witkó ('His-Horse-Is-Crazy' or 'His-Horse-Is-Spirited') generally known as Crazy Horse (ca. 1840–1877).

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