1 (a): dynamic quality; (b): the capacity of acting or being active; (c): a usually positive spiritual force
2 : vigorous exertion of power : effort
3: a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work
4: usable power (as heat or electricity); also : the resources for producing such power



Energy (n.): 1590s, “force of expression,” from Middle French énergie (16c.), from Late Latin energia, from Greek energeiaactivity, action, operation,” from energosactive, working,” from enat” + ergonwork, what which is wrought; business; action” (related to organ).

Used by Aristotle with a sense of “actuality, reality, existence” (opposed to “potential”) but this is misunderstood in Late Latin and afterward as “force of expression,” as the power which calls up realistic pictures. Broader meaning of “power” in English is first recorded in the 1660s. Scientific use is from 1807. Energy crisis was first attested in 1970.




“Don't mistake activity with achievement.”

John Wooden (1910-2019, former American basketball player and head coach of UCLA, who won ten NCAA national championships; nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood”)

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“I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.”

Harvey Fierstein (b. 1954, one of America’s first openly gay celebrities, actor, and playwright; best known for receiving the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play “Torch Song Trilogy”)

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“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (b. 1958, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator; director of NYC’s Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space since 1996)

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

John Muir (1838-1914, America’s most famous naturalist, conservationist, author, and founder of the Sierra Club; also called “The Father of our National Parks,” “Wilderness Prophet,” and “Citizen of the Universe”)

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“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very power energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”

Ellen DeGeneres (b. 1958, American comedienne, television host, actress, writer, and producer; best known for her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

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“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate chance, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

Ban Ki-moon (b. 1944, South Korean statesman, politician, and eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations)

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“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.”

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954, American writer and producer, known for Thor (2011), World War Z (2013), and Babylon 5 (1994))

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“Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.”

Bonnie Myotai Treace (founder of Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society, one of the largest Zen monasteries in the West; also established the Zen Center of New York City, and served as its first Abbess)

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“Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.”

— Bonnie Myotai Treace

When energy moves through us, unencumbered by our need to control, judge, or suppress its natural flow, is a great power source that surges through and liberates us.

I was talking to a friend yesterday morning, a brilliant woman who I admire greatly for her quick wit, critical thinking, and street smarts.  She worked for the government many years as a high-level director and she was observing that although we have come a long way, a woman is frown upon when she shows emotion while at work.

Generally, charge emoting is considered a sign of weakness for both men and women, but especially for women.

My friend went on to surmise that if a man came into the office with the after-effects of a hangover, our culture may simply shrug and accept that that man may be going through something personally.

Culturally, we like our state of oblivion, masking our true feelings whether through food, alcohol, drugs, or even television.  Numbness has been our cultural epidemic.

Charge feelings of pain, rage, anger, or even bravado are indicators that we are waking up and forcing ourselves to step out of line and question everything we think we may know or believe, which can be very messy and daunting.

Intuitively, we know if we question and pull that string of yarn from our culturally knitted patterned blanket, every part of our belief structures may topple down.

But, that may not be the case.  What may happen is that our worlds and universes may open up and we will collectively discover the unlimited attributes of our souls.

Yes, we may suffer with charged emotions and growing pains throughout our transformation and healing stages, but these experiences are huge indicators that we are alive!

These emotions should serve as bridges to the other side of our rage, where we can shift them to love and put compassion into action and service.

Stay malleable, open, and enlightened, my friends.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya


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