Passion, Self-Awareness, and the Language of Renewal:
Thinking critically about ‘accepted truths’, words we use to construct our identity, demystifying wellness, nurturing ourselves through personal growth and crisis by learning and staying curious.
Vehemence & Emergence brings the wisdom of the Body, Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Mathematics, Literature, and Art into a holistic conversation.
Born in Crisis
A Crisis can be a potent catalyst for self- renewal, transformation, rebirth, or revival. Crisis can be brought on by any number of things and the symptoms we experience can be indicative of changes we want to make in our lives.
A crisis can be an opportunity to either submit to the patterns and ignore the same desires that lead to the crisis initially, to perpetuate misery and discontent, or to finally embrace and listen to the messages within our desires and discontents to initiate a genuine change and break some of the harmful cycles in our lives.
Samvega is a Yogi term for a specific kind of crisis:
“The oppressive sense of shock, dismay, and alienation that come with realizing the futility and meaninglessness of life as it’s normally lived; a chastening sense of our own complacency and foolishness in having let ourselves live so blindly; and an anxious sense of urgency in trying to find a way out of the meaningless cycle.”
Other terms for this experience are Existential Crisis, Dark Night of the Soul, Crisis of Faith, Mental Breakdown or Identity Crisis, etc…
All of which leads is to…
Vehemence & Emergence
Vehemence & Emergence or Passion and Self-Awareness function as guideposts on our journey through the shadows to the light, from Crisis to Awakening.
Vehemence is a display of strong feeling or passion, action, and urgency. It is the power and force fueling our journey away from thoughts and behaviours that were not true to our-selves. Vehemence takes the recognition and awareness from our Emergence and spurs into action the renewal of the self and begins the movement toward the wellness of our mind, body, and spirit.
Emergence is the act of becoming known or coming into view of oneself.
Imagine yourself submerged and surrounded by a body of water. You have been under the water for so long that one more second might kill you. Now imagine breaking through the surface of the water, taking as much air into yourself as you can, you feel pain, relief, joy, and sadness all at once. The experience behind you is life in perpetual panic, fear, darkness with an overwhelming awareness of death; but when breaking the surface you have both the memory of the darkness with the possibility of life. The darkness teaches you the importance of your breath and oxygen, things you once took for granted, or didn’t know you needed. Breaking the surface of that water is your Emergence. The light represents a renewal and possibilities of life. Self- love becomes your breath and self-care, your oxygen.