Tonight is by a special request for a 5 point meditation. We will focus on the breath, the hands, the feet, the shoulders and the "third eye." Fun fact: when you furrow your brow in tension, the muscles used actually originate where the "third eye" is supposedly located.
The story of the Japanese Soldier can be found in Heart of the Mind by Connirae and Steve Andreas. Let us welcome these parts of ourselves that have served us as best they could with the knowledge that they had. And then gently and kindly share with them your new knowledge as you have grown throughout the years.
So many days, the expectations of others and ourselves can weigh us down. Many people mean well, and we mean well when we expect great things from ourselves, and it is also helpful to know when to rest, and give those expectations which might be too much back to the Source.
"There are three aspects to respect: respect for others; respect for principles and values; and self-respect. To have respect for another means to acknowledge their worth and value. We can respect our opponents, and hopefully, we respect our familiars. We may seriously disagree with what they say and do, and we might not fully understand who they are—but at some level, we appreciate them as people and realize that we are all born vulnerable and will probably die vulnerable." - Roshi Joan Halifax
The poem that starts and finishes the movie Labyrinth:
Through dangers untold
and hardships unnumbered,
I have fought my way here
to the castle
beyond the Goblin City
to take back the child
that you have stolen.
For my will is
as strong as yours,
and my kingdom is as great.
You have no power over me.
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