Monday Meekness – a Reminder to be Humble.

It’s Monday!Monday

For those who may be unsure Monday is named after the Moon (MoonDay), naturally it follows Sunday, Biblically the First Day of the week (The day after the Sabbath Day, day of rest from labour) which is named after the source of light to Earth, the Sun. (Light being created By God on the First Day according to the Book of  Genesis)

Although these are the words used in English today, they simply carry on a much longer tradition. The ancient Latin (and current Italian) Words for Sunday and Monday are  dies Solus and dies Lunae (Soledi and Lunedi) Sol and Luna being the Sun and Moon respectively. That this is so is not that remarkable considering the English language is largely based upon that of the Roman conquerors of Britain in the beginning of the first millennium  and of other countries such as France and Germany (and related to Scandinavian Germanic languages also) all of whom have similar sun and moon day names for the first two days of the week.

That this is a long and deeply held belief however is verified by the fact that both Korea and Japan similarly honour the Moon god in that day name as do many Indian languages and Ancient Sanskrit!

So what then, does all this have to do with Meekness and Humility?

The Greek goddess of the Moon was Selene. I hold a tendency to relate Selene with the very similar sounding word Serene, which means calm, tranquil, clear or bright. I also associate those meanings with the Moon. As a source of Light on Earth (albeit of a reflected nature and not as the original source) the Moon is second in nature to the Sun. Whereas the Sun is the most powerful source of natural light, which it possesses due to massively violent nuclear explosions ( the antithesis of calm and quiet, tranquility) the Moon receives this light and in silence and without any effort other than being it’s own Serene self, calmly reflects the light to us down here on Earth. The Moon has no light of it’s own, but by reason of simply being, it is the second brightest object in the sky.

I see this as a very suitable analogy for my relationship with God. I have no ‘light’ that is originated in me, but if i simply ‘be’ (and truly believe) i may reflect the Light that comes from the source of all Light (enlightenment) on Earth. I am to be like the Moon to God’s Sun (Son). Calm, tranquil and serene, being Humbled into second in importance in the Heavens, reflecting purely the Light to all. A light that is commonly surrounded in great darkness and yet lets us see when, at other times, the Sun may not be directly visible to us.

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

Many people have heard the misinterpreted phrase from the Bible – that ‘Money is the Root of all evil’.

The correct translation is from 1 Timothy 6:10 ‘10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.‘ it is the Love of Money, not the money itself, that is the source of the evil.

Many have heard this but how many know the two verses either side of the above quote?

Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.
Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.

Tim 6:9. ‘But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.’

6:11. ‘But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.’*

meekness n. – 1. the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; 2. a disposition to be patient and long suffering; 3. the now obsolete meaning of gentleness. (see preceding line*)

So, putting all of the above together: Monday, the day that is dedicated to the Moon by many of the world’s peoples throughout time, is the one day in six i have chosen to pursue Meekness in me, Meekness being one of six things a man of God is asked to follow as a way to flee the evils and griefs resulting from the desire of Man to be rich, or seeking purely material wealth at the expense of our spiritual wealth.

By meditating on how i may be humble, calm, reflective, submissive to a greater power, serene i have hope to become a GentleMan, one who is yet able to shine with bright reflected light as a true servant of that which gives light unto us all.

Bless you all.

Bob Is Thinking…

(…and that is always a dangerous sign!) 😉

Have you ever met someone who always refers to themselves in the 3rd person??

Take for example Mr X (or, lets call him, say, … Bob! that’s a nice randomly inoffensive little name.) Bob says things like: ” Bob is not happy!” or “Bob thinks that is a great idea!”, or ” Bob could really do with a long lie down and a cool drink.” –  ever met one of those people?

Is is just me, or are they usually irritating people you tend to cross to the other side of the street to avoid if you see them in the distance? 🙂

Like maybe they are not actually ‘normal’ or not quite ‘all there’?

That’s how i used to think, but just recently i had a little insight that let me see them in a new light. I think they just might be on to something (no, not ON something – onTO something!) 🙂

To explain… as may have been evident to those who read my previous posts ( i’m delusional enough to have hope that you DO exist out there, even if you refuse to comment – that’s your choice!) i’m of the opinion, based upon all i have experienced so far in life, that we largely live in a self-made, self-oriented universe. We are in fact ‘self-ish’.

I don’t mean that we are some kind of God Almighty and we created every other thing we see, or person we talk with, what i mean is we uniquely detect and pay sensory attention to everything ‘out there’ and everything ‘in here’ in a way that is UNIQUE to our own self and that includes our own self-image creation – our idea of who or what we ‘truly’ are. ie the thing that holds our thoughts and our own ‘inner voice’ we use to make sense of the external and internal worlds. There are currently over 7 BILLION ( 7, 000,000,000) unique such creatures sharing this one planet and by no means all of them are anything like another one – we all experience things differently ( some to greater degrees than others) so how are we to find consensus and act as a single intelligent race?

Trouble is, by and large, we remain blissfully unaware of this – or very many of us do and let ‘life’ get in the way of taking sufficient time out to analyse this properly so as to be able to see what, if any, mistakes we have made and warped into our illusional/delusional consciousness as a result! Mistakes that keep on compounding the older we get, which causes us to make yet more mistakes and to compensate and so on. This ultimately leads us to become very much less ‘efficient’ at almost anything of purpose we try to achieve for ourselves or others than needs be.

Very few of us ever actually work all this out.

But that 3rd person thing… that has a potential. If we all started to refer to ourselves in the 3rd person it would serve to remind both ourself and the person(s) we were talking with that what we think, say and feel is actually a unique personal construction and not necessarily a fundamental universal truth that may have some, but probably not a ‘perfect’, correlation to what is actually happening at the time!

It would allow ourself to not get so deeply ‘attached’ to our self image, our ‘personal’ view, that may be accurate or wildly inaccurate depending upon how our perception and level of awareness have developed since we first learned how to ‘think’.

Attachment to an idea or concept, the ‘personalisation’ – the identification of a thing with our own ‘identity’ of it is often what gets us, as members of a shared society, into ‘trouble’, particularly in situations where emotions become highly charged and ‘honour’ or ‘self-worth’, ‘self-identity’ we feel is being somehow threatened.

Removing ourselves one step away from that self-identification by referring to everything in the 3rd person could just be a good way of  giving ourselves and everybody else sufficient ‘personal space’ so as not to result in as much ‘offense’ because it lets us see that what we are saying doing and feeling is just one view – it does not necessarily carry as much of a sense of this is (I am) Right, and you are not.

Because what ‘Bob thinks it is’ does not necessarily mean that that is ‘the way it is’ for anyone else.

Bob thinks referring to Bob in the 3rd person would be a good idea. 🙂

 

(* Providing you can learn to put up with the weird looks and people in front of you suddenly crossing to the other side of the street!) 😀

10 Great Quotes on (Self) Discipline

“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.”
― Mortimer J. AdlerHow to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

“When an individual is motivated by great and powerful convictions of truth, then he disciplines himself, not because of the demands of the church, but because of the knowledge within his heart”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.”
― ThucydidesThe History of the Peloponnesian War

“Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.”
― John F. MacArthur

“Whether our action is wholesome or unwholesome depends on whether that action or deed arises from a disciplined or undisciplined state of mind. It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one’s mind is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.
― Dalai Lama XIVThe Art of Happiness

“football is like life – it requires perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
― Vince Lombardi Jr.

” The impossibility of an actual democracy is due to this fact of mob-psychology. As soon as you group men, they lose their personalities. A parliament of the wisest and strongest men in the nation is liable to behave like a set of schoolboys, tearing up their desks and throwing their inkpots at each other. The only possibility of co-operation lies in discipline and autocracy, which men have sometimes established in the name of equal rights.”
― Aleister CrowleyMoonchild

“If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.”
― Russell Banks

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”

― David Foster WallaceThis is Water

“Discipline isn’t a dirty word. Far from it. Discipline is the one thing that separates us from chaos and anarchy. Discipline implies timing. It’s the precursor to good behavior, and it never comes from bad behavior. People who associate discipline with punishment are wrong: with discipline, punishment is unnecessary.”
― Buck BrannamanThe Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America’s Most Renowned Horsemen

Discipline is one of those words that can be quite polarising when it comes to people’s personal experience.

It can have strongly negative connotations for those who have suffered from physical and mental abuse by those charged with ‘caring’ for us, be it a parent, relative, teacher or jailer. It can also have strongly positive connections for those who have learned the value, and the art of succesful self-discipline.

In my experience most people are only too happy to have nothing more to do with any form of discipline once they leave high school, or for those who are able and choose to, leave a University or College.

I believe we would have a better and happier society if this was not the case. It is never too late to learn the benefits of Discipline.

Discipline requires the best from us: Courage, Sacrifice, Effort (often the more we work at it the better we become) Patience and Perseverance. The rewards outweigh the cost.