I had a firm (read: tough) conversation with my therapist today. I was reflecting on how, this time last year, I had just moved in with Aaron; I was in the midst of having a breakthrough with my compulsive behavior; and I was the happiest I’d ever been. My therapist really got me to see that, although Aaron played a major role in my life at that time, it was because I had put in structures for my own fulfillment that I was enjoying authentic happiness.
Fast forward to today: My life looks nothing like I thought it would. And I’ve forgotten that, a year ago, I found my strength and power myself. As I reflected further on this, my therapist brought up the concept of “the warrior spirit.”
That registered for me. My very first tattoo is, in fact, a symbol of Oxossi, one of the three Warriors of my African diasporic religion. Oxossi’s bow and three arrows is about Focus and Discipline. He is about walking in the world with Integrity and engaging only in Right Action.
Oxossi’s bow and three arrows point towards and protect my heart. They remind me that the path to true Peace and Balance lies in integrating the Warrior Spirit into my life. I am a Warrior, and I create my own happiness!