Good question. I took a liking to viewing myself as a warrior several years ago. Part of this lingo was derived from my Pema Chodron love. Pema is a beautiful kickass Buddhist nun who is so real about the day to day battles we go through to overcome our fears. She is def a soul sista, for her writing and words are like a penny dropping into an empty well…hits straight to the core. Seeing myself and others as warriors gives me an awareness context to place challenges in. If I am a warrior, then I have a mission when it comes to pain and suffering; instead of pain and suffering being this unsurmountable icky blob that takes over my life. This word also feeds me on all levels. It gives me strength and courage to face challenges as they come. It allows me to pick myself up time and time again, healing more deeply the next time around, and inspires me to teach others that they are more than capable of doing the same.
And what is this Wise Mind you may ask? For my DBT friends, you know who you are, you are quite familiar with wise mind. And for those of you wondering..what is this D-B-T? It stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is a treatment I have been learning, using, and teaching for several years. Marsha Linehan, the behavioral genius or goddess, whichever works for you, integrated many concepts from psychology, therapy, zen mindfulness, and dialectics to create this overarching treatment specifically designed to help people with Borderline Personality Disorder and people with Emotion Dysregulation (more on this at a later time). Any one who learns DBT and its concepts though; I’m talking, clinicians, friends, coworkers, marketing reps, guidance counselors, nurses, parents….I’m talking…ANYONE…with a willing ear will tell you that it sits well.
I digress though….back to this Wise Mind.
What do we all have that is with us all of the time?
What is, always has been, and always will be free?
What is this universal thing, that it doesn’t matter what you look like, how much money you have, what mood you are in, or what you ate for breakfast?
Drum roll please…..
Essentially, you have heard this term many times over before. Some call it intuition. Others call it a sixth sense. Spirit. Awareness. Inner Guide. We all have one. Yours ain’t better or worse than anyone else’s. It’s intelligent, loving, and Hella Awesome. Simple to access in theory? Hell yes. Instantaneous recognition for most folk? Hell no. Why? The built in “forgetting” mechanisms that we each have that sideswipe us on a moment to moment basis from BEING.HERE.NOW (definitely more about all o’ THAT later too).
My life is about this journey to wise mind and I know yours is too. I am a Wise Mind Warrior-ess because I will do ANYTHING in my power to uncover my wise mind, my inner guide. You will hear me call it many things but it all boils down to this..
YOUR TRUE SELF.
I am a Wise Mind Warrior-ess…..are you???
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