Comments for Right Use of Power Institute https://rightuseofpower.org Conscious Ethics. Power with Heart. Sun, 05 Jun 2022 14:29:44 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 Comment on The Power of Lamenting: An Alternative to Numbness and Rage by Cedar Barstow https://rightuseofpower.org/the-power-of-lamenting-an-alternative-to-numbness-and-rage/#comment-193 Sun, 05 Jun 2022 14:29:44 +0000 https://rightuseofpower.org/?p=1394#comment-193 In reply to Beryl.

Thank you so much, Beryl, for this cogent and inspiring response. Yes, the need for lamenting. And yes, the need for resourcing–and what a resource nature is! and for small actions that get us outside ourselves and contributing to the lives of others–both near and far. Even if it is hopeless, I/we can do no other.

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Comment on The Power of Lamenting: An Alternative to Numbness and Rage by Beryl https://rightuseofpower.org/the-power-of-lamenting-an-alternative-to-numbness-and-rage/#comment-192 Sun, 05 Jun 2022 02:38:35 +0000 https://rightuseofpower.org/?p=1394#comment-192 Alternatives to Numbness and Rage in Challenging Times

The after effects of the pandemic have certainly left me with a mixed assortment of challenges , financial, personal , relational and physical. At these times of many conflicting challenges its easy to sit in a place of numbness and overwhelm, stillness and shock or even to go into anger ot overdrive and try to do everything , to fix everything and to make the difficulties go away. Feelings of anger, grief, powerlessness and hopelessness can arise. In these moments I attempt to transform these feelings into something that is the catalysis for movement, whether that is actual movement to music , or going outside into the garden , feeding the birds, going to watch a sunset or sunrise, or doing one single action with another living being . I see these activities as my resources to transmute my difficult feelings into something more joyful , less painful whilst allowing those difficult feelings to be felt without shying away from them. I write a lot of letters and emails most of which are never sent and they go into an “unsent letter box “ or inbox and reading these years later has shown me how past difficulties so tough at the time seem somehow ephemeral with the passing of time and also a signpost to the resources i already have to dealing with life’s challenges. This understanding that change is constant and that my life has had other challenges which I have effectively negotiated creates a sense of optimism and if not that a dogged self knowledge that this too will pass. The resource I call on most is the natural world. I am always amazed at both the beauty and the transient nature of living things and the way in which the living breathing world which we are part of speaks ro me about challenge and resourcefulness. I am always uplifted by the blackbird that has learnt to wolf whistle for dried worms and the ravens that call out for peanuts on cold days and the wood pigeons that run over the glass roof windows when they hear me come into the kitchen calling out for black seeds. In the winter, their time of difficulty, they have learned to reach out by calling . How much can we all learn from feeling a sense of connectedness , awe at the power of the life in the natural world and in ourselves and the humour that can come from nowhere and for me recently has been watching my neighbours response from my upstairs office as the black birds wolf whistles at them . There they are looking for the cheekily or disrespectful culprit ! That has made me laugh out loud! With awe, wonder, connection and laughter somehow challenges seem easier to manage somehow.

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Comment on Why it’s important to say YES to your power by Jac O'Keeffe https://rightuseofpower.org/why-its-important-to-say-yes-to-your-power/#comment-50 Mon, 01 Nov 2021 01:17:04 +0000 https://rightuseofpower.org/?p=2669#comment-50 Beautiful. Thank you Cedar.

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Comment on Why it’s important to say YES to your power by Anna M Cox https://rightuseofpower.org/why-its-important-to-say-yes-to-your-power/#comment-49 Sat, 30 Oct 2021 16:48:48 +0000 https://rightuseofpower.org/?p=2669#comment-49 Ahhh – wonderful wisdom as always… (and a slightly belated Happy Birthday)

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