Anonymous said: courage
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." ~ Maya Angelou
Hi sweetheart. :) I’m not sure what inspired you to pop this beautiful Shakti-filled word into my inbox, but I’ve actually been thinking a lot about it recently and am working on an arts/video/music project with a large group of young kids to explore courage and what it means in their lives. Being able to tap into one’s courage leads to strength, genuine expression, and healthy assertiveness. Not only does courage help with prevention for all kinds of pitfalls in life, but it can also lead to an extraordinary life of individual expression and thriving self efficacy. Sometimes when we are truly overwhelmed or filled with feelings of fear, courage feels inaccessible, and yet the truth is that it is always present within us. Even grabbing onto the tiniest little glimmer of courage and holding on to it can get us through intense challenges. And then we find that courage indeed unveils more courage that already lies within us…
We sometimes think we are supposed to be fearless or we haven’t really tasted courage, and yet in reality courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the act of doing what is right even in the presence of it. I find this very helpful to remember. :)
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
Sending you love, from my heart to yours. <3
Namaste, courageous spirit.