Courage – A gut feeling
Courage is a word and its meaning and perception changes from person to person. In this horrific era of catastrophe, there is nothing but faith is required whatever maybe the situation and circumstances. Only hope is prayers. We have lost our near and dear ones. For a temporary period we talk like saints but after the episode is over again the negative qualities in us crops up . They are dangerous than the virus — anger, jealousy, lust and all the demonic qualities in us rises. Courage is to transcend these qualities , to balance them , to transform them.
According to Paramhamsa Satyananda , founder of Bihar School of Yoga ,”Gita is not for one who has attained Peace. Gita is not for one who has renounced. Gita is not for one who is dead. Gita is for one who has to step up in the turmoil and the wilderness of life. Nothing but confusion, nothing but troubles, nothing but dejections. Every were you find wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and for such person is Gita. Remember that the knowledge of yoga was imparted by Lord Krishna to Arjuna right in the midst of the battlefield. It was not given to a sannyasin, but to a person who was living in the world, a warrior who was confused about the problem of right and wrong. Thus you will see that yoga does not mean performing a few asanas or pranayamas, although this is important, nor is it meant for sannyasins only. Yoga is actually meant for people in the world who are faced with the day-to-day problems and realities of life.”
Our own vibrancy comes from involvement with others, from contributing our talents, our hearts to one another’s daily travels. We need to take note, today, of all the opportunities we have to offer a helping hand to another person. We can notice too, the many times a friend, or even a stranger, reaches out to us in a helpful way. The opportunities to contribute to life’s flow are unending.To live means sharing one another’s space, dreams, sorrows, contributing our ears to hear, our eyes to see, our arms to hold, our hearts to love. When we close ourselves off from each other–we have destroyed the vital contribution we each need to make and to receive in order to nurture life.
We each need only what the other can give. Each person we meet today needs our special contribution. Sharing is caring is the key.
Courage also means knowing one’s boundary and limits. Acceptance of the situation. Osho says, “Go into the pain of a situation single-handed, alone. Face the situation as it is, with no mind to explain it away. Just look into it without any thought interfering, and then there will be acceptance. It will not be a consolation; there will be great contentment. Suddenly you will see that you can accept, but there is no cause to it.”
Nobody wants pain – we would all like to be free of pain, with an easeful body, a sharp, focused mind and a feeling of joy behind each and every action. There’s nothing quite like pain and incapacity to make you realize your likes and dislikes. I hoist my sails with faith and trust and surrender to the sea. I try to sail happily through storms and calm, not knowing where I’m going, in pain, hungry – knowing “This too shall pass”. We have to accept our limitations too. When we needed help, we must ask.
Have you ever done anything deliberately to hurt someone, to get even with that person, or to gain revenge? Have you ever done anything subconsciously with intentions that weren’t noble?
Take a moment before entering a situation. Examine what your true intentions are. Do you have a motive, an agenda, a strong expectation involved? Have you been as clear as possible with yourself, and with whomever else is involved, about what you really expect and want? Or are you operating with a hidden agenda, hoping that if you force your will long enough, you’ll get your way?
Ask God to show you the intentions of the people you’re involved with. Sometimes they don’t know, themselves. Sometimes they do, but they’re not telling you. In those circumstances, you’re being set up for a manipulation and possibly some pain. Be clear on your intentions. And stay as clear as possible on what other people want from you.
God, bring to light my intentions and motives, and the intentions and motives of those with whom I interact. After you have focused and clarified your intentions, then let your intentions go. Sometimes in life we can’t get what we want. Other times, we can. And sometimes the journey to getting there is full of twists and turns, much more of an adventure than anything we could have planned.
Courage for me is finally , accepting the situation as it is , be in the present and striving for excellence within my limits and boundaries. We often need to change our position so we can see things differently. We don’t have to make a dramatic change; we just need to move around a little. Perhaps an unresolved issue is blocking our vision, blocking us from seeing the beauty that’s there. Maybe a bit of anger or self-contempt is interfering with our vision. Learn to change your perspective. Maybe you don’t need to change what you’re looking at. You just need to change where you stand.
Concluding with a Prayer, “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference.Thy will, not mine, be done.