So working on the physical was a good idea. Then working on the spiritual was good idea. Now, to bring both together. It’s not mind and body, but physical and spiritual; intellect and emotion. Like the moon is full and then new again and again as it waxes and wanes pulling the tides. Yet, they are still parts of the greater whole of our natural cycles. All too often, we tear the whole apart, analyzing its components, dissecting like an autopsy until the memory of the original fades.

My gift is not analysis, but synthesis. Taking two divergent notions and bringing them together into one, a whole that is greater than its parts. And here is where the dualism of the western world ends. The opposite of hate is not love, but indifference; the opposite of anger is not forgiveness, but hurt; the opposite of fear is not courage, but selflessness.

Much of Western society is stuck in a duality tug-of-war. Even within the English language itself. When someone says, “Hot,” we say “Cold.” In other cultures, when someone says, “Hot,” another might say, “Coffee.” This tight rope pulls us back and forth as these tensions shift and change. The more we rigidly stay fixed in them, the more they snap and rebound like a broken branch. Instead, we must learn the ebb and flow of the tides; the waxing and waning of the moon.

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