Tag Archives: meaningfulness

Soulbyte for Friday May 13, 2022

At each day’s wake up, call it a New Day. Start over and give yourself permission to change, to do things differently, to be different in some way that is meaningful. Find your way to meaningfulness. It awaits you. Look for it in everything you do. It’s already there; you just have to discover it.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday February 9, 2022

Lessons come in so many forms. Pay attention to how they come to body, mind, and spirit, each in their own unique way. Pay attention to what they mean and what they indicate you should do and what you should not do. Listen to affirmations from body, mind, and spirit when you understand the lessons and how they persist when you don’t. Sometimes lessons are subtle and sometimes strong, but every day they show up, asking you to change. Begin to change by first paying attention to what’s happening within the self.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: Duration

Thunder above, wind below…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Today, I request of the I Ching*:  Guidance for ALL, now.

What is given is hexagram #32, Duration. The essence of duration is union, as an enduring condition.

The image of duration is built with thunder, the arousing, on top of wind, the gentle. Thunder and wind are a naturally paired set of influences.  With the sound of thunder comes the energy of wind. The human social analogy for duration is the enduring relationship of marriage.

Within the individual, duration is a state of being that is not worn down by hindrances. By embracing enduring meaning in one’s life, one becomes self-contained and self-renewing. This kind of meaning is found in aligning one’s will with one’s true spirit.

Thunder and wind are mobile occurrences, seemingly an unlikely pair to depict the qualities of duration. But this fluidity of coming and going implies a definite lack of rigidity or refusal to change. That which acts from duration changes with the changing times. What doesn’t change is one’s unswerving commitment to the inner truth of one’s being, that which guides all actions.

No particular moving line was emphasized, hence, all the lines of the hexagram carry guidance for specific challenges to the state of duration.

The first line: Seeking duration too hastily brings misfortune persistently. Relationships require time to achieve duration. Self-development requires perseverance over time. If we grasp too quickly things fall apart and we are saddened, or give up.

The second line: Regret disappears. The power of one’s will is greater than one’s material resource. However, in the time of duration one is able to regulate one’s inner strength, thus avoiding excess in action. This removes the cause for regret.

The third line: The inability to turn inward brings misfortune. If one remains at the mercy of moods aroused by outside events, one suffers inner turmoil and loses the innerly connection to that which provides duration.

The fourth line: No game in the field. If one persists in a course of action that is fruitless, one will only be disappointed. Here, will overpowers spirit and loses its duration.

The fifth line: Flexible reason, moderate emotion. Reason must be flexible and adjust to changing conditions. Emotion must remain moderate lest it burn up or remain overly attached to the moment. Best that reason lead to maintain duration.

The sixth line: Continued restlessness brings misfortune. To remain in persistent hurry or worry precludes inner composure. Turn inward, breathe in, breathe out. Let calm breathing lead to duration.

In this time of outer threat, find composure in that which provides duration. The power of duration will endure and safely bridge to coming stability, where that which lends duration within will also lead to duration without.



*Source: The I Ching, Wilhelm edition

Soulbyte for Thursday June 18, 2020

Take your dream forward one day at a time. With measured step, with pure intent in your heart, and with the promise of new life in your future, dream on. Even as you dream of new life, know that each day, in each moment, you are already living it, experiencing a taste of it, manifesting it. In each breath you breathe, each word you speak, each action you take you are not only taking your dream forward but creating it in the now. Live each day with purpose and meaning, even as you wish for greater purpose and meaning. Each day is important, filled with possibility and the opportunity to do or say something meaningful and important. Everyone has that opportunity, equally. Use your words and your time wisely. And remember to keep love in your heart and all will be well.

Sending you love and support,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Thursday November 16, 2017

The path you are on is your path of heart. Where you are is where you need to be, at least for now. Find out the meaning of your life right where you are and determine its heart, for every path has heart and meaning if you decide it is so. And then you will discover that everything you encounter on that path is important. Every path counts, even the one you may want to get off. Why not find out why you are there. Ask your heart. It will know the answer.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne