Posted by Gary on Mar 11th, 2013
A spiritual warriors path is challenging. In The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz calls it a war. We will lose some battles, that's okay. It may feel like a lot, even with the perspective of the victim persona at the time, hopeless. But it is only one battle. A Spiritual Warrior learns not to measure progress in the war using the metrics of only one battle. A Spiritual Warrior learns to retreat, rest, recover, learn from their actions, regroups, then stands up again to take another step on his path. Even in the process of losing a battle, much progress is made. The ego has pushed back, and so it is exposed, and we gain more clarity on our endeavor. The ego can even be weakened. At a minimum, we become more respectful of our foe, even if it is a dream. We become more grateful of those moments that are peaceful, and even grateful of moments where we are just holding our ground against a dream. And with that kind of experience a number of times we embrace humility, a kind of mile marker on the journey. Sometimes it is best for a Warrior to realize they have done their best against their emotional reactions and inner demons of the mind, and to go rest and recover. A warrior learns there is a time for that too as they become wise. Sometimes it is best to rest and recover. It will be necessary to take time to rest or you will not win many of the battles in the war for your happiness.