Today I put an extra prayer out to the universe as we see so many things going on around the world – violence, government trouble, lack of compassion and respect between human beings and also towards animals, etc. My previous post mentioned that there is no guru or superman that will do our work for us; it’s up to us to go about changing what is not working at this point – in our personal lives and also in the collective. So, my prayer today included asking for courage, not just for myself, but for everyone who has chosen to live in harmony, respecting earth and its creatures.
As the word courage came up spontaneously, I later stopped to think about it and since I had heard a mention to this word another day (http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html), with a quick research I found out another meaning for the word courage, from a website my dear friend and teacher, Shonagh Home, has suggested: http://etymonline.com .
c.1300, from Old French corage (12c., Modern French courage) “heart, innermost feelings; temper,” from Vulgar Latin *coraticum (source of Italian coraggio, Spanish coraje), from Latin cor “heart” (see heart) which remains a common metaphor for inner strength.
In Middle English, used broadly for “what is in one’s mind or thoughts,” hence “bravery,” but also “wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness,” or any sort of inclination. Replaced Old English ellen, which also meant “zeal, strength.”
As I ask that we are able to live from a place of courage, it is implicit that we then move from our heart, our innermost feelings, our intuition. May we stand in our courage as we walk with integrity and make this world a better place – for those who are already here and those who will come!