1: to take or lay hold suddenly or forcibly
2 (a): to cohere to a relatively moving part through excessive pressure, temperature, or friction —used especially of machine parts (as bearings, brakes, or pistons)
(b): to fail to operate due to the fastening of a part —used of an engine
Seize (v.): mid-13th century, from Old dFrench seisir “to take possession of, take by force; put in possession of, bestow upon” (Modern French saisir), from Late Latin sacire, which is generally held to be from a Germanic source, but the exact origin is uncertain. Perhaps from Frankish sakjan “lay claim to.” Or perhaps from Pro-Germanic satjan “to place” (related to: set).
Originally a legal term in reference to feudal property holdings or offices. Meaning “to grip with the hands or teeth” is from c. 1300; that of “to take possession by force or capture” (of a city, etc.) is from mid-14th century. Figurative use, with reference to death, disease, fear, etc. is from late 14th century. Meaning “to grasp with the mind” is attested from 1855. Of engines or other mechanisms, attested from 1878.
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...”
Marcus Aurelius (121 CE —180, full name Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, original name, Marcus Annius Verus, Roman emperor, best known for writing, “Meditations”)
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
Steve Maraboli (1975, speaker, author, behavioral science academic, philanthropic, and best known for writing, "Life, the Truth, and Being Free")
“No matter how much you stress or obsess about the past or future, you can't change either one. In the present is where your power lies.”
Mandy Hale (blogger, speaker, author, best known for "The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass")
"Sooner or later, I hate to break it to you, you're gonna die, so how do you fill in the space between here and there? It's yours. Seize your space."
Margaret Atwood (b. 1939, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist)
“He believed that he must, that he could and would recover the good things, the happy things, the easy tranquil things of life. He had made mistakes, but he could overlook these. He had been a fool, but that could be forgiven. The time wasted--must be relinquished. What else could one do about it? Things were too complex, but they might be reduced to simplicity again. Recovery was possible.”
Saul Bellow (1915-2005, multi-award winning Canadian-American writer, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, the International Literary Award, and The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976)
“Awake! arise! the hour is late!
Angels are knocking at thy door!
They are in haste and cannot wait,
And once departed come no more.
Awake! arise! the athlete's arm
Loses its strength by too much rest;
The fallow land, the untilled farm
Produces only weeds at best.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, one of the "Fireside Poets" who wrote lyrical poems about history, mythology, and legend)
"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us."
Ashley Montagu (1905 –1999, previously known as Israel Ehrenburg, British-American anthropologist who popularized the study of topics such as race and gender and their relation to politics and development)
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” — Ashley Montagu
We shouldn’t search so much for happiness, not reach. The push to have our circumstances line up to our wills will, undoubtedly, drive us bananas.
We should, however, put ourselves in the right conditions so we can facilitate healing in our lives and seize happiness wherever it may show up. It’s about discovery, self-discovery. But most importantly, it’s about being fully present in our bodies, senses fully loaded, so we can see, feel, and know what’s right for us and what are our most appropriate real-time responses.
In other words, as we begin to release more of our petty dramas, more of our willful perceptions of how we think events should be, Creation will serendipitously open Its Doors to Its Secrets.
As we align to The Mystery and to what Elizabeth Gilbert called, “Big Magic,” harmony will begin to fall it rightful place. Life will play synchronicity tunes and send us our teachers, guardians, and guides, Angels who will walk beside us. We will begin to hear the intimate Loving Voice of the Divine and The Guardian Universe will show up in ways we can never anticipate. And Earth Angels will answer some of our questions, those resolutions that are even unbeknownst to them.
We will begin to respond to from divine spaces of peace.
In “The Heart of Centering Prayer” by Cynthia Bourgeault, she recommends accessing The Inner Witness with a Welcoming Prayer before and during contemplation:
“By the power of the Divine Indwelling active with me, I unconditionally embrace this moment, no matter its physical or psychological content.” And by this same indwelling strength, once inner wholeness is restored, I then choose how to deal with the outer situation, be it by acceptance or by spirited resistance. If the latter course is chosen, the actions taken — reflecting that higher coherence of witness of witnessing presence — will have a greater effectiveness, bearing the right force and appropriate timing that Buddhist teaching classically designates as “skillful means.”
Let us seize the dimensions of our lives, sojourners, and let us do so with equanimity, curiosity, and passion!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya