Good Versus Evil.

12 Jan

The world is and always has been, filled with good and evil. It is what it is. It’s a kind of wilderness that we need to learn to survive in. We have to find our own way through and manage ourselves down at the waterhole, staying alert to and seeking shelter from giants, angry dwarves, wolves and many bad apples along the way. Even if we don’t bump into trouble personally, disaster, violence, cruelty and horror has a way of bursting into our lives and living rooms, into our newspapers, onto our television screens and into our neighbourhoods more often than any of us would like.

Credit to: Artist Evan Heasman (Soju Shots")This is one of his deliciously dark art pieces.

Credit to: Artist Evan Heasman (Soju Shots) This is one of his deliciously dark artworks.

We live in a time where it’s getting harder to screen things out. Over exposure to excessive darkness and real life horror stories (even though they a reality) can cause us to live in fear, take up arms, be too mistrustful or become hardened or disheartened. Before we were privy to such instant global information, good and bad experiences were introduced to us with more distance, with more warning and in a more thoughtful way, allowing us the time and space to filter, process, question and find solutions, or at least discuss and hope for solutions even if we knew they seemed unlikely.

That’s what gruesome fairytales helped us with. They showed us that characters who threatened, tempted or tortured eventually got overpowered by a hero seeking to re-instore wholesomeness, pockets of peace and contentment.

When we create wholesomeness it restores calm, gives us time to recover and helps heal our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, giving us the strength we need to cleverly fight any battles that need to be fought.

Loving, kind, light filled, helpful, courageous, fun, fluffy and wholesome ways of being go a long way to balancing out the grisly gore that seeps its way into our psyches, accidently drenching us in darkness, bombarding our internal peace and messing with our sense of safety.

Embrace wholesomeness and welcome it into your day.

Here are a couple of things I do that I consider wholesome:

Star gazing – Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and creep outdoors and marvel at the stars which shine extra brightly in our non light polluted sky.

Eating clean, green and ethical foods – Our vegetable garden is a jungle of chlorophyll and at this time of the year going hunting for our evening meal is mostly how we determine what we will eat.

What do you consider restorative and wholesome? I would love to read about what you do.

4 Responses to “Good Versus Evil.”

  1. Moon Over Martinborough January 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Did someone say ‘creep outdoors and marvel at the stars’? Yes! That’s one of my favorite things to do. Especially when the moon is full, of course.

    Another wholesome thing I like to do is to breathe. You know, REALLY breathe. Just stop and take a few deep breaths and be still. It helps just about anything become better.


    • martinboroughartdepartment January 13, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Absolutely! Belly breathing and let’s not forget belly laughing… and your full moon blogs all make the world a happier place.


  2. Diane January 13, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    Appreciating all that is around us, the changing seasons…autumn’s colors, winter’s snow, spring’s rebirth and summer’s sun, give me peace. However, the love shared with my amazing family and friends helps change any dark place into one of light so I can truly say, “Yes! “Life IS good!”


    • martinboroughartdepartment January 13, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      I love your reply Diane. You are indeed someone who drinks in life and love.


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