Understanding the Dragon (story)

All these signs
Culminate.

The Wizard and Warrior,
King and Queen,
And the Lover

Return once audience is requested.

With them they bring fire and wrath, roasting Subject on its own grill. Neglect was the order of the day, and for that: “You must pay with answers and deeds”.

After many days of deliberating, eventually the fire dims, the ashes kindle, and conversation begins.

Slowly but surely, the order of the day continues for ‘under-standing’ to include understanding.

Through trials and tribulations, walls, and reclamation, friendship is born. Over time a mutual respect grows into the pillar that holds this world up on which we stand today.

With this structure born, the 4 corners of the world are held strong; reinforced with the iron of compassion and the steel of humility.

Each of the 4 corners are guarded by the Stewards of Power, the faces of energy. Here the Stewards in all their knowledge and wisdom gift and direct the energies of the kingdom in order to maintain balance and prosperity for those who would indulge in the space and the freedom of the kingdom of light.

However one day as with any empire, the pillar crumbles; trust fades.
It is here on this day that the Dragon, from deep within its cave, emerges in companionship with the Stewards of the 4 corners of light: the Wizard, The Warrior, King, and Queen, and the Lover, brewing and casting spells of madness.

Return with fire, the dragon lends them it’s form in exchange for the power that within. In the darkness together they now brew deeds of evil that dim the light of this world, bringing forth those long nights of restless slumber with little respite.

Few call for audience with these demons, in fear of the fire which these Stewards of Power wield and lash and breathe with all the splendour of creature-hood

Continuing in darkness and cold it would seem. Many say the fire is too hot, too bright, for any one person to bare alone…

These are those who run. Only they should ask… where is the Dragon now?


-Ben

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The Injury Portal

As much as on the surface level it absolutely sucks balls, being injured is likely to be an opportunity for you to grow. Injuries create limitations on our beings that allow us to be more creative within those confines. For me it’s been a whiplash that has lasted coming up 9 months, this meant that I could not get overly excited without hurting my neck. If I got angry I had to breathe through it, and wait it out, if I got sad I had to breathe and relax into it without curling up, it has meant that I have had to cultivate an inner strength that I did not know I had.

Any athlete that has been injured knows that it is a psychological game as much as a physical one. Letting go of those previous PR’s in order to recover is tough, having to rest completely – even tougher. It is the game of wanting so badly to get out in that game, but knowing that if you do, then it will only get worse.

Here are some tools that have helped me so far along my recovery journey:

  • Meditation – How you feel isn’t a reliable indicator of your health. Behaviour and expression are much more reliable benchmarks to work from. If you can relax and observe these, then not only will you be able calm the body by calming the mind (decreasing your likely-hood of re-injury, and increasing your recovery speed), but you will be able to get an idea as to the sensible and mindful limits that your body is comfortable operating in at that moment in time, regardless of how you are ‘feeling.’
  • Sleep – This is when you are truly recovering, rebuilding those damaged tissues. Sleep regular hours. I try to sleep 10:30 – 7.30. But truly in your heart of hearts, you know how much sleep you perform best on.
  • Hydration – Most people are dehydrated, and hydrating yourself adequately is going to do more for your healing, psychological and physical health than you know. Soothe yourself with a glass of water or a cup of fruit tea, not coffee.
  • Do things that keep your spirits high. (but not those that overexert you or overexcite you. If you’re hoping to heal quickly without re-injuring yourself, then mindfulness is your friend here.)
  • Move – Mindful movement, and low intensity movement are going to stretch and challenge those damaged tissues. They will regenerate with time if you treat them well. Again, you know how much exercise you are best on in that moment. Treat yourself carefully, I’d recommend exercising on regular hours if possible to help psychologically. (best to see a specific sports therapist of your choosing for this one depending on your injury for the specific movements).

An injury is a portal for you to discover new strength in other areas of your life. Your inner strength might have needed an upgrade or a path correction. Treat your injuries like reminders to stay conscious.


-Ben

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Say it, Live it. Living your word.

Most of us make promises at some point or another about things that we are going to do, books that we are going to read, programs that we are going to destroy. Some of us start, a few of us get halfway through, but how many of us finish what we say we are going to do regardless of the discomfort involved in the process.

Discomfort isn’t ideal, unless you realise that discomfort is the process of change. The discomfort is the resonance of the dissonance between where you are now and what you need to be in order to function on that level.

Find people who are on your wavelength. Those who relish in the challenges that they set you. Set them challenges in return, and hold them accountable for that which they commit themselves to, and vice versa. Relish the challenges that they set you.

Finding ways to learn to love the challenges that face us is part of growing into strength.
The first step towards doing this is to condition yourself to stick to your word… However seemingly insignificant at the time, they all add up.

I quote this a lot, but it’s because it is great! Here’s a lovely quote by Lao Tzu that sums is up better than I possibly could:

‘Watch your thoughts, they become your words,
Watch your words, they become your actions,
Watch your actions, they become your character,
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.’


Ben

Much love folks. x

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Photography by Aleksandr Slovodianyk

I set myself a challenge to read 13 books in one month. Here’s the post on instagram in case you’re interested.