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renaissance 01-02-2013 11:11 AM

The Leviathans of Life
I don't know how many of you enjoy rollercoaster rides out there but I for one,unfortunately don't have much luck ,balance and eye coordination-wise with such transportation devices for entertainment!(or the hills of San Francisco or coastlines south of Christchurch N.Z. for that matter!) There is a theme park near Toronto called Canada's Wonderland which has an aptly named rollercoaster called Leviathan.It stands 308 ' at it's highest point and the speeds it can reach on descending portions could practically make you qualify for NASA's training center in G force tolerance!
Leviathan in Hebrew, simply means whale, the intelligent graceful creature of our beautiful oceans for which I have intense respect .His/her seasonal journeys cover many thousands of miles both close to the surface and then moving to great depths which we humans require great protection in underwater technology for in sustaining our lives. The Leviathan of biblical references was a sea monster,an enormous threat to the lives of fishers of those biblical seas. Of course ,Leviathan is also a fabulous analogy for the stresses and challenges of life that seem oft times,insurmountable or at the very least,take us for one seemingly out of control rollercoaster ride!
Well,I can honestly tell you after the past few months of dealing with life threatening family emergencies,I have learned how to become a whalerider like the beautiful young Mauri girl in the excellent film of the same name. That's Life's challenge isn't it? You can't always control the challenges,stresses,the 'Leviathans' that come zinging your way but..you CAN control how you tackle them (no pun intended,but that's a hell of a tackle for this fish!) and it definitely is not an easy ride!
For about 5 years I taught stress reduction and relaxation therapy part time.I'd heard many an incredible story of seemingly hopeless challenges,shared in the tears,gave and accepted soul crushing hugs, and tried to assist clients in learning how to empower themselves,find that quiet place within that helps recharge the batteries,find some balance in body,mind and spirit with the practising of various exercises and meditations, and open the mind and heart to once unthought of possibilities for problem solving. That is the journey of the whalerider,that is the journey I finally had to return to once again myself..'walk the talk' as they say.It had been quite a few years thankfully for me but oh how quickly we forget! It's not an easy ride.Patience with one's self ,being a good listener to one's 'Self' is key.Silent and Listen are one of my fave anagrams these days. Those words have never let me down. And the biggest assistance of all? Community! Through the wonderful soundingboard ears of family,friends,great websites like Shirley's,especially the Encounter Board members,learning how to take the wild ride again is far easier.
So..my hope for you all this coming New Year,is that you become the 'Whaleriders' for the Leviathan challenges which may lie ahead,personally,professionally,globally ..they will always be there but it IS possible to ride them out in the majority of cases .Don't be afraid to ask for help if you don't know quite how.That is step #2.#1 is realizing that you might just NEED help! ;) With the right tools to work with and patience ,we can take that Leviathan for a ride and then some! Wahoo! Buckle up folks..here comes 2013! hugs,Renny

Wolfdog 01-04-2013 04:39 PM

for Renny
Thank you and may you have a smooth ride !

Happy New Year!


PS And even if you have very enthusiastic small sons...don't get on that thing!

renaissance 01-05-2013 11:00 AM

haha! Thankyou Wolfdog! I plan on it but you know what happens when we try to plan things ;) Gratefully, my sons are in their 20s now so...they have their own Leviathans now! I don't believe either of them have ever desired to take a ride on that beast at Wonderland either even when they were far younger.My husband ,on the other hand ,wouldn't mind one bit!!! :)

Brit 01-05-2013 02:19 PM

Hi Renny
Good post. I especially like the part: "Don't be afraid to ask for help if you don't know quite how.That is step #2.#1 is realizing that you might just NEED help!"

Very important to acknowledge that.

Cushings 01-06-2013 03:04 AM


Thank you for this post Renny, really need to think, it is important to take care of yourself in any situation, regarding the ‘asking for help’ thing. Am currently drowning in a household where an elderly family member is nearing the end of his journey, everything from the crap of a greedy sibling, a ‘Don Juan’ caretaker and boy, oh boy, should write this into a story, see that Renny, you have just aided me to “believe”also, last night Shirley’s film Bruno was on TV, and that makes TV a good thing, truly inspiring, if that little kid could take all of that crap, and then come out on top, well, it is inspiring and anything is possible.

What a great website, huh? (Feeds my head.)

Thank you to all!


sisterlura 01-06-2013 08:42 AM

I also want to thank you for posting this, Renny ~ the timing was perfect. I tripped over a telephone cord in my office on Jan. 2 and have been laid up ever since with severe back pain. Humbling when an extremely independent person like me has to ask someone to help her on with her socks in the morning! Acknowledging that one NEEDS help, like Brit said, is a vital step. But ohhhh, sooooo hard sometimes!

Di -- you are in my thoughts and in my prayers daily. Hang in their, kiddo.


patswife 01-06-2013 03:56 PM

Rest up and heal that back! Be sure to give it time and don't rush. I hurt my back last year and I know it can be so painful. Surrounding you with light and love!

renaissance 01-09-2013 12:16 PM

Hi again Di,Brit,Lura and Joanne. Yes indeed luvs ,for me,I often believe one of the reasons we're here on this beloved planet is to learn how to love and care/help one another but equally as important ,how to love and nurture/care for ourselves in body mind and spirit.(Ha..I think my biggest trip oft times dear Lura,is tripping over my ego!!) We are,each one of us, worth it! Learning how to be patient,slow down to the speed of life,be more mindful,grateful daily..it all takes time and loving effort.Please God make me patient and make it snappy!
So when those tough times surround you,surround yourself with the caring energy you need ,whether it's from friends,family,Mother Nature's beauty,pleasant forms of exercise,meditations,a good book , cooking or hobbies! Take the first step and seek those healthy things and people that can help you withstand the stresses better. Even the hairdresser makes a good therapist sometimes! Friendships are our own best medicine oft times!
Be well dear Di and Lura. deep cleansing breaths on the side there to help reframe your perspectives. Thinking of you all with great respect, Renny
Here's a little meditative prayer I say upon wakening or when I'm in a not-so hotsy-totsy situation accompanied with slow ,relaxed ,deep breaths! It helps to slow my "inner annoying conversations' or 'monkey chatter' down.

May our hearts and minds remain open
May we be at peace
May we re-awaken to the light of our one true Nature
May we be healed and may we help others to be healed
May this be so with the best of our intentions

patswife 01-09-2013 05:05 PM

Very wise advice for all of us, Renny. Thanks!

sisterlura 01-10-2013 07:35 AM

thank you & an update ~
This post is EXACTLY what I need today - thank you for the awakening meditative prayer, Renny. One of my biggest challenges in life is to learn patience - like you, I want it NOW, darn it! I was getting sooo impatient that my healing wasn't progressing faster ... since falling a week ago, I've improved so little (it seemed to me). Doctor said "hmmmm ... you're right. Let's get some x-rays..." Showed that I have 3 cracked ribs so now I now at least what I'm in for!

Still don't like to rely on anyone for help - some lessons take longer to learn, right?

Love & Blessings to you all, Renny, Joanne, Di, Brit, Wolfie, etc --- you're in my prayers; we ARE all in this together and 2013 WILL be a great year!!

Lura :)

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