Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing so gentle as real strength.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness.

Nothing so gentle as real strength.

When is it possible for pure strength to be gentle?

At first blush, this might appear to be contrary to expectation, for certainly anything that must be tremendously strong would, by definition, have the power and energy to exemplify anything of its choosing. 

But what if perhaps there is a misnomer in the concept? 

What if the opportunity for strength, provides the greatest opportunity to be equally gentle? Is this not the perfect embodiment of yin-yang?

We have seen all sorts of examples in nature videos in which a ferocious beast has befriended a frail animal, and taken it metaphorically under its wing, to be nurturing and kind. In many cases, this is a maternal instinct that is manifesting itself from one specie to another, especially if the more frail specie does not have any kind of maternal support of its own. I have seen wonderful videos of a black jaguar who raised a young puppy and grew to be best friends.

In human beings, we see some of the largest nations in the world leveraging their strength and collective power to bring a population that is suffering from any one of countless disasters, as much relief, medical support and food, as the powerful nation may be capable of delivering. 

If we take this on a much more personal basis, we see humans who have tremendous power of their own, learning to share those experiences and knowledge with willing students who are desirous of achieving similar status. 

The art of being gentle is a learned process which is accomplished, in many cases, by one participant having opportunity to exemplify their power, in such a space as to deliver in their capacity for such, to others who might be influenced by the converse nature of power behaving appropriately under restrained circumstances. 

We are often times rewarding the most powerful for their successes, predicated upon performance and ultimate glory… but as a society, we are far more likely to improve our overall vibrational energy by recognizing that it is equally important for us to celebrate the powerful acting with kindness, compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding of circumstances that others might be working their hardest to overcome. 

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!