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Athena's musings

YangYin Art isn't a result; it's a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of our heart and spirit.
YangYin Become an artist: Someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.
YangYin Eliminate fear and compliance. Build this world so that you can do what you're capable of.
YangYin Everybody is a self-made person, but only the successful are ever willing to admit it.
YangYin Results: The outcome of motivation, ability, and energy - are really all that matter.
YangYin I can, and I will.

If you know your own worth,

What need you care about your acceptance or rejection by others?



YangYin Believe that your background and circumstances may influence who you are, but you are responsible for who you become.

The only way to judge yourself is against yourself.

There will always be those who are not as skilled as you; comparing yourself to them will lead only to arrogance and false pride.

There will always be those who are better skilled than you; comparing yourself to these people will lead only to frustration and depression.

Judge yourself against yourself...

Ask yourself: 'Who was I yesterday?' - 'Who am I today?' - 'Who will I be tomorrow?' (John Hamilton).




Most countries in the world remain awash in irrational and violent behaviour

because their cultures are generally incapable of instilling in people

the mindset that is necessary to build and sustain

rational, positive, humane, and constructive societies.



YangYin Tenshindo - Peaceful intent negotiated with a sheathed sword in plain view.

Your true character is revealed by...

   ... the clarity of your convictions,

   ... the choices you make, and

   ...the promises you keep.

YangYin Put the fist back into Pacifist.
YangYin Striving to be proud of everything I do today.
YangYin An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind (Gandhi).

You cannot learn or grow unless you are prepared

to go through the pain of change.

YangYin Life has a habit of providing hammer, anvil, and furnace to temper every blade (G. Thompson).

True freedom requires taking responsibility for your own life.

This frightens the hell out of too many people.

They prefer Big Brother holding a safety net for them,

And they'll sell their own birthright of autonomy and their children's as well to keep it. (F. Paul Wilson).




A true pacifist is able to kill or main in the blink of an eye,

but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy

he chooses non-violence.

He chooses peace.

He must be able to make a choice.


Don't ever mistake

my silence for ignorance,

my calmness for acceptance,

or my kindness for weakness.


The ability to put Love above self

is the most difficult transcendence challenging anyone

whose goal is to promote Peace,

because the desire for self-preservation (body, opinions, beliefs)

is the most basic animal nature.


A strong nation is a nation composed of individuals who

are willing to make the safety, happiness, liberty, and peace of

their home and community their personal responsibility


Keeping the peace and safety of a community, means

being able and willing to deal with 

irrational and unreasonable people.


You have to break some eggs to make a cake,

or maintain a society. 


That's how we will rebuild the Culture of Life.

One family at a time.


Discovering, nurturing, and developing Humanness

is indeed challenging and enticing at the same time.


Look at your life. Are you happy?

Are you doing something meaningful?

If you carry on living as you live today,

will you end up with a life that you are proud of?

And if not; why not?

What is holding you back? (Roz Savage).


Argue for your limitations...

and you will get to keep them!




You can allow things around you to define who you are,

or you can take control of who you are

and define who you want to be.




The dojo is not a place of safety and refuge,

it is a place of exploration.

Without internal challenges or conflict,

There is no resolution.

Without an experiental understanding of conflict,

and a deep awareness of the ramifications of violence agaist the self and others,

there is no possibility for harmony and balance and grace.




We work on ourselves in order to help others,

but also we help others in order to work on ourselves (Pema Chodron).




Every success is built on the ablitiy

to do better than good enough.




Don't ask for a light load,

but rather ask for a strong back.




We are not prisoners of fate,

but only prisoners of our own minds. (F.D. Roosevelt)




I am here for a purpose

and that purpose is to grow into a mountain,

not to shrink into a grain of sand.

Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all,

and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. (Og Mandino) 


One of the Universe's great truths is that

Energy follows Intention.

YangYin Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.



Life isn't about finding yourself.

Life is about creating yourself. (George Bernard Shaw)


The purpose of life is to help others; if you can't help them would you please not hurt them.




If you have something that needs to be done - you do it now! Because tomorrow may never be there. The time to do is now - particularly in human relationships.


All of life is a choice. Joy is a choice, and so is despair. No one can put you on a downer if you don't want to go there. Take full responsibility for whoever or wherever you are. Stop blaming others. We learn best - through pain.


To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule. You have a right to your ideas and your dreams - risks must be taken. The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing (do nothing, have nothing, to be nothing).

YangYin Love is easy. We are the ones who are so complex, so sterile.
YangYin 90% of what we worry about never happens. Start to worry when it is there.

No one will ever get out of this life alive. Unless you are going to take the first step you are never going to get anywhere. The time for action is now! You can make things happen.

YangYin To be, is to do. To do, is to do now.

Working rightly, the brain is the highest form of 'instinctual wisdom'. Thus is should work like the homing instinct of pigeons and the formation of the foetus in the womb - without verbalising the process or knowing 'how' it does it. The self-conscious brain, like the self-conscious heart, is a disorder, and manifests itself in the acute feeling of separation between 'I' and my experience. The brain can only assume its proper behaviour when consciousness is doing what it is designed for - not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being efforlessly aware of it. (Alan Watts)


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