Watch

: to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening
: to give your attention to (a situation, an event, etc.)
: to care for (someone or something) for a period of time in order to make sure that nothing bad or unwanted happens

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Watch (v.): Old English wæccankeep watch, be awake,” from Proto-Germanic wakjan, from Proto-Indo-European weg- (2) “to be strong, lively;” essentially the same word as Old English wacianbe or remain awake” (related to: wake); perhaps a Northumbrian form of it. Meaning “be vigilant” is from c. 1200. That of “to guard (someone or some place), stand guard” is late 14th century. Sense of “to observe, keep under observance” is mid-15th century.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.”

William Wordsworth (1770-1850, a major English poet of spiritual speculation concerned with the human relationship to nature, who helped found the Romantic movement.)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/william-wordsworth

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

Roald Dahl (1916-1990, British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot; best known for his kids’ classics, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/roald-dahl-9264648#synopsis

“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1966, regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time who expounded no philosophy or religion rather those everyday life issues)

Bio Source:

www.jkrishnamurti.org/about-krishnamurti/biography.php

Watch out for the joy-stealers; gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.”

Joyce Meyer (b. 1943, Christian author, speaker, and minister)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Meyer

“Musicians from the beginning of time have been there to express the mood and the musical feelings in the air for whatever’s going on in that particular culture. It’s the greatest joy as a musician to be able to translate that, be part of something and watch the scenery around you.”

Trey Anastasio (b. 1964, American guitarist, composer, and vocalist noted for his work with the rock band, Phish, and his septet, Trey Anastasio Band)

Bio Source:

trey.com/about/

Meditation

“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.”

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

In these challenging times we must look at fear from all sides and watch to see of all it teaches us.   Is fear kicking us into gear, protecting us, and accelerating our capacities to know that we are in grave danger?  Can we then face it and know that we are strong enough to push through and to take action as needed.

Or is fear signaling our resistance to move forward and to stay stuck in the status quo of little change.  Are we resisting our gifts and callings?

There is no other time I faced fear than when I lived in New York City during the 911 terrorist attacks.  I, like so many other New Yorkers, had to work through fear on a daily basis, especially during our commutes to school and work.

As a single mother of young children at the time, I commuted with my children to their schools, taking a train, a cross-town bus, walking on foot, and then taking another train to work.  I was extremely watchful and on constant alert that anything could happen.  The City was bombarded with red, orange, and yellow alerts.  The danger was real, and not an illusion, and there were many times when subway systems closed, buildings collapsed, and threats loomed far and near.  But, for all of us who lived in that City we had to walk in faith in order to calmly observe when fear showed up.

How can we evolve to be the loving spiritual warriors of peace we were created to be?  We must continue to be mindful and watchful, not from a place of fear, but from a stage of divine visions and light-working actions.

Faithfully and Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

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