Thursday, March 20, 2008

illustration friday: heavy.

Dudes, there has been a lot of doom and gloom going around lately-- and for good reason, with the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Mars in retrograde, the recession and what-not. The trouble is, our energy flows right to where are thoughts go. Negativity begets negativity, and positivity begets positivity. There is something about depressive thoughts and speech, though, that more easily take over one's consciousness. Perhaps this has something to do with gravity.

A few weeks back, I read this wonderful post about lightness on The Happiness Project (written by another J.D. doing more than the law with her degree). One of Gretchen's koans is

It is easy to be heavy. It is hard to be light. (G. K. Chesterton)

If only for today, let's find the strength to be light, to dwell in light, to become the light.




  1. If negativity begets negativity, what will happen if America abandons Iraq, a place that terrorists want as a training camp much like Afghanistan was, a place that would see Darfur-like genocide should they be allowed to function on their own before stability, a place that Iran wants control over, a place that still needs help to be able to stand on its own? If people keep saying horrible negative things about Iraq, isn't that what will evolve there?

    What there then needs to be is love and support for Iraq, in any and every way possible, in order to allow positivity to beget positivity. Why don't more people understand this?!

  2. Yes. Yes. and Yes. Sometimes I wonder if those with the power to blow up the world ever sit back and remember that we are all. just. people. All just people with mothers and sisters and best friends and babies.

    thanks for stopping by! LOVE your blog, by the way.

  3. Beautiful image, and an idea that I've worked with for years. Sadness allows the work of contentment to drift into the future. It is effortless to dwell in sadness, and there's lots of company.

    But contentment, enlightenment, gratitude (whatever you may name it) takes work -- it requires staying awake and aware. Thanks for the reminder :)

  4. Definitely something I have a hard time keeping in mind. I think part of it is environment, and trying to make sure your environment is positive but ultimately it is up to me to be light and positive, and no one else.


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