Flourish

1: to grow luxuriantly: THRIVE
2 (a): to achieve success: prosper; (b): to be in a state of activity or production; (c) to reach a height of development or influence

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Flourish (v.): c. 1300,”to blossom, grow,” from Old French forriss-, stem of florirto blossom, flower, bloom; prosper, flourish,” from Latin florereto bloom, blossom, flower,” figuratively “to flourish, be prosperous,” from flosa flower” (flora). Metaphoric sense of “thrive” is mid-14th century in English. Transitive meaning “brandish (a weapon), hold in the hand and wave about” is from late 14th century.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.”

Lao Tzu (605 BC – 531 BC, Chinese philosopher and writer, known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi

“No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”

Alan Watts (1915-1973, British philosopher, speaker, and writer who was profoundly influenced by East Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism and the Taoist thought)

Bio Source:

www.alanwatts.org/

“For you to flourish, do not allow the enemy to dictate your life because only God has plans to prosper you.”

Gugu Mona (South African-born author, poet, song writer, composer, musical arranger, environmentalist, inspirational speaker and thought leader)

Bio Source:

giftgugumona.wordpress.com/

“Virtue can only flourish among equals.”

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797, English philosopher, scholar, women’s rights activist, educator, journalist; her book “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” pressed for educational reforms)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/mary-wollstonecraft-9535967

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.”

Virginia Satir (1916-1988, American author and social worker, known for her approach to family therapy and work with family reconstruction)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Satir

“When schools flourish, all flourishes.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546, German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

“Religion, art, and science flourish best in a free society. True, freedom does not afford much opportunity for grand gestures. It has little room for martyrs. But life is not supposed to be about dying well. It is about living well.”

Virginia Postrel (b. 1960, author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture and commerce)

Bio Source:

vpostrel.com/about

Meditation

“When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.”

Lao Tzu

 

When I heard the news of the death of a great patriot Astronaut John Glenn I could not help but think how privilege we are to live in this time with such great luminaries like Maya Angelou, Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs, Leonard Cohen, Prince, David Bowie and so many many more.

Like most great souls at some point they were challenged and failed.  When they did they managed to climb over their brick walls, find their way to “The Third Path,” and then flourished to share their gifts with the world.

Back in the 1960s and 70s the world was on fire and in chaos.  And for those who were coming of age it must have felt as if the world were ending.  That’s when the baby boomers cleaved to deeper spiritual disciplines and practices, such as meditation, yoga, mystic Christianity, Buddhism, and Zen, and integrated Eastern and Western philosophies.  They also explored and merged religion with science in attempts to explain God and Creation.

That was over 50 years ago, back when that generation experimented and loudly pronounced the Age of Aquarius.  Now, we are fortunate to live in such an age, where we have the opportunity to ascend our consciousness towards unity.  We are beginning to seek out those paths to work together and to develop creative ways to flourish despite our world’s challenges.

It’s time, sojourners!  It’s time to bold be, to celebrate, and to flourish for the good of all of creation.  Blossom, my sisters and brothers, thrive with ease!

Written with Love, Tonya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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