The body, mind, and spirit are inseparable. You can choose to use your mental prowess to attract pain and suffering, or to attract health and vitality. The choice is yours, with every thought you have. -Anitra
Followers of this blog know that I have addressed conflict and its role in fiction and life. My own formal education stressed the importance of looking for the conflict; there must be conflict. Recognizing conflict and how it drives the narrative does not necessarily follow. If the audience does not recognize and embrace this conflict, all else is irrelevant.
In Life, Too
The obvious extrapolation is that embracing conflict is central to living. We are programmed to pose questions and seek answers; all of which involves conflict. I accept Tennessee Williams spirit in “Without conflict man is a sword cutting daisies.” There are, however, days when I would simply love to cut daisies! Stupidity and negativity are so abundant they’re free. You find them everywhere. They are ubiquitous!
How to Synthesize
Anitra has posted eloquently on the subject of breathing, mind, body, and resulting health. “The body, mind, and spirit are inseparable.” Reading several of her inspiring posts presented me with a conflict. How do I resolve her concepts with my own credo arising from the essence of story?
I went to bed last night wrestling with that conflict; swam a mile this morning with the ideas still churning.
The resolution of this conflict involves two things, perspective and attitude. First, conflict is most intense at the center, without interference from a world that can easily assuage the heat. Step back and look from a far. Anitra would suggest we breathe. Secondly, attitude can be self-defeating. Don’t assume the role of victim. Protagonists are active, not passive.
Synthesis of these two ideas, Anitra’s body, mind, and spirit with Tennessee Williams essential conflict, is very possible. Countering a world of negativity is possible by recognizing the relationship between body, mind, and spirit, and the positive embodiment of conflict in our lives. Conflict is a challenge to who we are in our strength, both realized and unrealized. The unrealized is that wonderful twist in a story when a hidden strength emerges. Conflict addresses the hero in each of us, in our own way. Accepting the challenge as an opportunity to demonstrate our uniqueness should not only calm the nerves but quicken the heart eager to engage a new journey or adventure that only we can see.
Arriving here, my original thought of wanting to cut daisies seems… Well, boring! There are things to do if I but breathe, question, and seek.