The other day at the end of a beautiful Qi Gong practice, we had a lovely visit from a crane. The Crane may conceivably be the oldest bird on earth; there is fossil proof that they existed over 60 million years ago. According to Greek and Roman myth, they saw the dance of cranes as one of love, joy and a celebration of life. Throughout all of Asia, the crane has been heralded as a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese and Korean traditions, cranes stand for good fortune and longevity because of their fabled life span of a thousand years. The Japanese refer to the crane as “the bird of happiness;” the Chinese as “heavenly crane” believing they were symbols of wisdom. The powerful wings of the crane were believed to be able to convey souls up to paradise and to carry people to higher levels of spiritual enlightenment. This all got me to thinking about this quote:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
We have all heard some form of this quote, but do we take the time to really watch our thoughts? The crane was giving me a message to watch my thoughts.
Watch your thoughts, be a warrior with your thoughts and make them impeccable. If you are able to practice this simple yet complex action, you will not only create a more blissful, loving life for yourself, but also for the world for your thoughts formulate your actions and your actions touch the world creating either positive or negative energy.
This year is such a pivotal time for the planet, and if ever you wanted to start a practice this would be the time. Watch your thoughts. The way of the warrior is difficult to be certain as one is tested to see if they might maintain their thoughts under duress. I for one would certainly say I have been tested enough, but is it ever enough? We are being called upon now more than ever to be impeccable with our thoughts so that the Earth might heal her wounds.
Each of us may be suffering from our own wounds as well, wounds of grief, sorrow, abuse, PTSD, or a myriad of complicated issues. While these things may certainly require attention by professionals, it is important to remember that a simple step like watching ones thoughts can help to create the desired outcome of healing. If we heal ourselves, we heal the planet and to heal the planet should be the ultimate goal as Mother Earth is what sustains us all. Watch your thoughts. I am watching mine as the Crane so poignantly pointed.