Volition

1 : an act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made
2 : the power of choosing or determining : will

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Volition (n.): 1610s, from French volition, from Medieval Latin volitionemwill,” noun of action from Latin stem (as in voloI wish”) of velleto wish,” from Proto-Indo-European root wel– “to wish, will.”

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“All that ye potentially possess can…be manifested only as a result of your own volition.”

Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892, born Mizá Husayn-‘Alí Núri, founder of the Bahái Faith)

Bio Source:

www.bahai.org/bahaullah/life-bahaullah

“Only the person having firm conviction and iron volition can attain strength and energy. At no state of Karma does he ever hesitate.”

Rig Veda (an ancient sacred text of Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns and mantras; one of the oldest of four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas)

Bio Source:

www.hindunet.org/vedas/rigveda/

“A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher; major works include The French Revolution)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/thomas-carlyle

“This is one of man's oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature's laws?”

Max Planck (1858-1947, German theoretical physicist whose work on quantum theory won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.)

Bio Source:

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1918/planck-bio.html

“The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.”

Xenophon (430-354 BCE, Greek philosopher, soldier, historian, memoirist, and author or numerous practical treatises on subjects ranging from horsemanship to taxation)

Bio Source:

www.iep.utm.edu/xenophon/

“No one wants to suffer. But that is the fate of each. And some suffer more. Not necessarily of their own volition. It's not about to enduring the suffering. It's about how you endure it.”

Andrzej Sapkowski (b. 1948, Polish fantasy writer and former economist; best known for the book series, The Witcher)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrzej_Sapkowski

“The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts – the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria – are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.”

Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American novelist, essayist, and autobiographer)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/edward-dahlberg

Meditation

“A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.”

— Thomas Carlyle

It can be very challenging to be focused, especially in light of changing circumstances.  But it’s vital to discipline oneself on the road to self-mastery.  It not only takes volition, but also conviction, faith and hope stay on the course of one’s life purpose and mission.

Otherwise, one will be sleepwalking, forced to live a dispassionate, scattered, and superficial life.

To embody a clear and illuminated mind, body, and spirit one must jettison destructive habits and commit to building higher vibrational patterns while initiating some new daily routines.  It doesn’t matter what one chooses.  What matters is that one builds these routines slowly and consistently. Eventually, one will weed out one’s old inclinations and build a new paradigm of joy.

Years ago, around my 30th birthday and after having my first child I suffered with severe post partum depression.  I was miserable and often afraid.

I stayed home with my baby and rationalized that I couldn’t afford to talk to a therapist.  However, for my child I had the most amazing pediatrician, who sensed that I was challenged.  Dr. Glaser called a couple times in the beginning to see how my son was doing. But, he was also checking up on me.

Dr. Glaser was not only empathic humanitarian, but a great diagnostician, who knew intuitively the correct remedy to an illness.  Unless something was severe, the doctor often prescribed wrapping the baby up and going outside.  It mattered not if it was snowing or cold out.  The remedy helped me as well as my child.

Walking and aligning to the elements of nature slowly woke me, and eventually broke the spells of depression.  As my children got older I continued walking, sometimes for miles, saying a mantra or singing a power song.   My favorite was ones derived from a quote written by the Christian mystic Julian of Norwich: “All is well and all is well. In the manner of all things all is well.”

When I was fragile and in despair these spiritual practices along with the help of divine angels (heavenly and earthly) brought me back together.  I had to build myself and my practices slowly, though, as is the case with my routines of journaling, meditation, prayer, walking, nature contemplation, and talking to one stranger every day.

These are the disciplines that worked for me.  Yours will be unique to you.  So, continue to look for those modes that will bring you alignment, so you can incorporate them to balance, center and ground you in all that you do.  And Life will respond accordingly and take you on great adventures and mystical journeys.

Be fabulous and well, my dear friends.

As Always, Written With Love,

Tonya

 

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