Susan’s Thursday Note April 16, 2020 Sioux Poem on Warrior. Thoughts on warriors.
It’s not often I send a note on a Thursday evening, but it’s so quiet. Snow surrounding the house and in all the trees. One little squirrel running around in the yard whose mom kicked him out for an hour. One fat robin trying to get her exercise in before she pops. A surreal silence in the air. So easy to slip into apathy and not caring. Determined to not and get something in my mind that I can then write out for you to have in yours as we head into another quiet evening in our own homes. I read a Sioux War poem I love on the warrior’s joy at the end of each private battle. I then will add after quotes on the fight. On being the warrior through life. I hope you get mental strength as I just have in these words.
SPIRITUAL WARRIOR (Sioux Poem)
Life offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior.
A warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within
themselves to ferret out the Truth of their being.
It takes great courage, stamina and endurance to
become a Spiritual Warrior.
The path is narrow, the terrain rough and rocky.
You will walk alone: through the dark caves,
up those steep climbs and through the dense thick forest.
You will meet your dark side. The faces of fear, deceit, and
sadness all await your arrival
No one can take this journey but you.
There comes a time, in each of our lives,
when we are given the choice to follow this path.
Should we decide to embark on this journey,
we can never turn back…. Our lives are changed forever
On this journey, there are many different places we can
choose to slip into and hide. But the path goes on.
The Spiritual Warrior stays the course, wounded at times,
exhausted and out of energy. Many times, the Warrior will
struggle back to their feet to take only a few steps before
Rested, they forge on,
continuing the treacherous path.
The journey continues. The Spiritual Warrior
stays the course. Weakened, but never broken.
One day, the battle, loneliness and desperate fights are over.
The sun breaks through the clouds; the birds begin to sing
their sweet melodies. There is a change in the energy.
A deep change within the self.
The warrior has fought the courageous fight.
The battle of the dark night of the soul is won.
New energy now fills the Warrior.
A new path is now laid before them.
A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing
of one who has personal empowerment.
With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy.
A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams
as they go forth to show others the way.
They are not permitted to walk the path for others.
They can only love, guide and be a living example
of the Truth of their being.
“There are three qualities that every individual must have to achieve success: a Monk’s patience, a Warrior’s courage, a Child’s imagination.” Sharad Vivek Sagar
“Whenever you meet difficult situations dash forward bravely and joyfully.” Tsunetomo Yammoto (1659-1719)
“The focused mind can pierce through stone.” Japanese Maxim
“A warrior must only take care that his spirit is never broken.” Shissai
“Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.” Carlos Castaneda
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” Moliere
Thoughts to consciously place in the forefront of our minds this week. As Eleanor Roosevelt stated, “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” This week we have words to run through our minds. Words that will run even if silence is around us. Will we make the mental decision to think about what is worthy to think about. Words in our minds that will matter in five years. Words to think about that will help us with pursuing what we desire to fight? To be warriors in this life. Thoughts to think about and contemplate of those that have already been warriors in past centuries. The journey continues. The Spiritual Warrior stays the course. Weakened, but never broken. One day, the battle, loneliness and desperate fights are over. The sun breaks through the clouds; the birds begin to sing their sweet melodies. There is a change in the energy. A deep change within the self.
Thank you for letting me enter your world again this Thursday with all of these words in our minds. Words to have children look to us and see warrior. Words to have friends look to us and see warrior. Words to have ourselves see when we look in the mirrors as we see each stage of our lifetime story. Our spiritual battles. To see weariness in the mirror. Fear in the mirror. Strength in the mirror. Victory in the mirror. Joy in the mirror. “There are three qualities that every individual must have to achieve success: a Monk’s patience, a Warrior’s courage, a Child’s imagination.” Patience. Courage. Imagination. Warrior words. Beautiful warrior words. Susan
Latin for this week: pugnator – warrior miles – knight, soldier patientia – patience fortitudo – courage cogitatio – imagination