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Courage looks different daily. Sometimes it is taking a first step and sometimes it is taking a final step…and then every step in between. Live each day in each moment and remember to breath.
It’s actually hard to be courageous in a world that constantly put you to test. But being fully aware of the reasons to keep going, to understand deeply the situation, to embrace challenges as somthing that cultivates growth, is what makes us stronger.
Daily affirmations such as: I am enough, I am strong, There is good in every day (identifying that good then and there), I deserve to pour the love into myself that I pour into others.
Being unconditionally accepting. All things, never mind what, when consciously observed from their Origin, are bathed in its perfume and lit up with its radiance.
you cannot stop darkness with more darkness, if you bring light into the room, it will take care of the darkness.
Let loose your joy!
I was listening to a podcast recently that mentioned the book, Being Better by Kai Whiting. The book is about how to apply ancient Stoic philosophy into your life in a modern context. I know the ancient Stoics are known for their emotional intelligence and resilience, so perhaps this should be the next book on my reading list so I can gain some tips on how to face problems with courage.
I pray & meditate. Asking Source for guidance. Getting quiet & listening to my intuition.
by showing up daily in the small ways i can
By staying as soft as possible.( Being firm in an attitude of love , acceptance and trust in life). Praying for guidance.
this is so beautiful — the idea that being firm in an attitude of love, acceptance and trust is staying soft. So much to reflect on there. Thank you – Hermann-Josef.
I realized many years ago that the biggest battles are within. That has made hard times much easier to bear. I realized many years ago that when I thought my heart would break, it was just telling me to break open besides so many times it’s the ego that mimics a broken heart. To truly be alive, one must embrace the fact that we are all vulnerable and in our vulnerability we will find our strength. There is a part of us that has never been afraid but it can only be called forth in the present moment. The past is history and the future is mystery. Grace flows freely in the NOW–the precious present. I don’t know how to cultivate courage but when I’m shaking in my boots, I know I can claim it.
I like sunnypatti’s view that courage is available but sometimes help is needed to gather it.
Resistance to what IS often stands in the way between me and the courage to accept and act in a situation. Once I move beyond that inner roadblock, I can act. I try to be aware of when my resistance flairs, look at the fears underneath it, then coax and coach myself through it. Sometimes that’s baby steps; other times it’s jumping off a cliff, hoping/believing that there’s a net to catch me.
Remind myself that avoidance is not as fulfilling as trying. Remind myself of the importance of what really matters in achieving, that I can handle set backs and disappointments and that I am worthy of and capable of facing the challenge. Remind myself of the resources that I do have.
And find the commons: recall – You’re not alone.
“Avoidance is not as fulfilling as trying”– what a great reminder that applies to so many circumstances. Thank you for this.
By being grateful for what I have in my life. By mediation and doing daily positive affirmations. In preparation of difficult times Understanding that life is like the waves on an ocean., with all its ups and downs that eventually things will calm.
Often I seek the wisdom of others, those who have walked a similar path, those who have been with me on my journey of life, those who stand with me on even a moment’s notice. I am grateful for those who listen below the spoken words to my heart and soul. I have been privileged to know many such pilgrims on my pathway of life. My gratitude is unbounded.
Anytime I read about others struggles/difficulties and see their courage, I would hope it would give me courage to do the same.
I would not focus on the word “courage,” but instead concentrate on building my stamina. Self-assess where my deficits and fears reside and seek help where needed, from friends, a therapist, a class, or a person skilled in areas where I am not. Break it down into smaller ‘bites’ which is less overwhelming. Life is hard and it’s beautiful and it sometimes hurts, but we don’t need to face the hard stuff alone.
community ….. yes
By putting trust in my faith and finding strength in my heart.
Knowing that the Universe has my back gives me courage, but sometimes I need extra help gathering it up. This is when I pray and remind myself that I’ve been through all kinds of hard stuff and came out on the other side just fine.
One of the main ways I can cultivate courage is by buidling a support network around me. One in which I am encouraged. One in which I can learn from others life experience. One in which they will help share the load of the hard stuff, if not to help me up, or maybe just be there to love on me.
Another way I cutltivate courage is by facing the not so hard things in life. Once I do that I befin to see that I can handle those things and that builds courage to handle the “little bit”harder things in life.
With tenderness and Love.
For me, by feeling-based prayer. Not, “Give me courage”, but, “I’m brave, I can handle the problems”. Then actually try to experience that feeling. And also thank God for all the beautiful qualities that are in me and I can appeal to, no matter how difficult it is sometimes. It is there.
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