Tenacity is sister of patience and perseverance. It’s a fixed quality and that is why it as associated with the Knight of Pentacle (Taurus/Fixed Earth).
Tenacity means sticking to the programming and not shirking any of the tasks. Someone who is tenacious doesn’t mind working hard over an extended period of time because they have their eye on the prize.
The trick for those who need to be tenacious because we have set ourselves lofty goals is to learn to love the work. Certain Kundalini yoga practices seem to be helping me get into this mindset. Some of the exercises are really hard both physically and mentally. My mind then goes to ‘How can I learn to love breathing through this?’
The breath can always be used to get us back to the present moment and the enjoyment of what is. There is nothing bad about hard work when you think about it – not if we achieve balance and also look after our health and relationships.
If it is physical work, it stimulates the circulation and the lymphatic system, as well as helps us get stronger. If it is intellectual work, it keeps our brains young. Personally, I believe work is highly underrated but I would say that with Sun, Mercury and Venus in Capricorn… 🙂
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have to laugh because I pulled this card almost right after coming across the following Teal Swan quote:
“People who love themselves pick the path of least resistance. Picking the hard way is not ” virtuous” – it is self punishment.”
– Teal Swan
I suppose she suggests leaving all the jobs that actually demand really hard work to those inferior beings who don’t vibe with her teachings… and I guess this is why she talks of suicide as a ‘reset button.’
Life can be damn hard… and in the Bible taking the path of least resistance is mentioned in this famous passage from the Gospel of Matthew…
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter.
To enter through the narrow gate means to be vigilant, work hard and NOT hand your mind and willpower over to any ‘spiritual teacher.’ To enter through the narrow gate means to seek God within, tenaciously… first thing in the morning and with our last breath before we fall asleep. To enter through the narrow gate is turn our lives into a living prayer.
Jesus said a lot of clever stuff and fortunately not all of it is lost (see also apocryphal Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the inner teachings.) I’m not trying to bash anyone over the head with the Bible here… a lot what’s written in the ‘Good Book’ is utter rubbish… but this kind of spiritual common sense is totally my jam.
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