The Bean Tighe (pronounced ban tig) is a helpful spirit that is likely one of the inspirations for the "fairy godmother" type donor/patron from faerie and folk tales. She is the one who makes it possible for others to achieve their potential ... whether it be helping with the maintenance of one's home, one's finances, or the ability to make one's dreams come true.

Friday, January 13, 2012

PBP: Week 2 - [A]ction

Last week I wrote about Attitude being an integral starting point for me in the pursuit of reintroducing to my daily life an aspect of the spiritual and sacred.

This week, I'm going to touch upon that most necessary of companions without which attitude never gets beyond the mental drawing board ... action. In covering this topic I also, of necessity, must delve into the themes of inaction and inertia.

Action is the state of making something happen, usually in reference to movement ... reaching for a glass, walking out the door, lighting a candle, creating a prayer basket, etc. It is that essential movement that brings the well intentioned thoughts out of the realm of my mind and into the real world.

Inertia is the simple concept of a thing at rest wishes to remain at rest, and it is going to take a certain amount of  effort to overcome that thing's preference to remain as it is ... in order to create action or movement, it is necessary to not only match the energy inherent in the inertia but to top it. This concept of inertia is equally valid in the realm of the mind as in the world of physics ... it is far easier for a human to continue in whatever manner is habitual for them than it is to change those habits, even when they are negative or harmful. Changing habits requires the effort needed to match the inertia of the habit (recognizing and catching when one is performing the habit) and then, atop that, yet more effort to consciously substitute the negative pattern for one that is believed to be more preferable.

Inaction, meanwhile, is a state of idleness (lack of movement) due to an inability to overcome inertia. It leads to a failure to accomplish action and can be caused by an insufficient application of effort (laziness) or it can be as a result of external factors over which one has little or no control.

Being that action in my current mundane existence is presently held hostage by circumstances beyond my ability to control, the continued improvement in my attitude requires me to find other, smaller, ways to generate action. I could choose to dedicate my energies to influencing, on the subtle stage, those factors that currently have me blocked or I can choose to find contentment in the temporary ... recognizing that things could be far far worse than they are and, eventually, the blockages will sort themselves out.

While it would be nice to be able to claim that I opt to be serene in the face of my inertia, it would not really be honest of me. I have to admit that the idea to "cast a little spell' to hurry things along has crossed my mind on more than one occasion but I still cannot see my way clear to attempting to impose my will upon another ... even if it is what's best for me.

I need another way to create action in my life ... to make positive usage of my still brightening attitude and generate the perception of movement on the small scale at very least. I am returning to my practice of active Flame-Keeping and hoping to make a habit of standing (well, sitting) vigil during my shifts. We'll have to see how well that works out as my health being currently far less than optimal, it has to come first above all else right now. Either way, I am putting more will and energy into the practice than I had been during the last year.

So, my challenge for this week will be to think up three other actions that I can incorporate into my daily routine which will allow me to begin overcoming my own mental and spiritual inertia. To put them into practice and then persevere with them until they have become second nature.

All that AND think up a "B" topic for next week ... whee!
Should be fun ...

1 comment:

  1. I find it is the little things inertia seems to take over is when you are doing committee work at work - but for projects I am responsible for I write them down as a spark (like you said about lighting a candle which you can't do at work). Thank you for your essay on action. HL