Have you found yourself in dangerous waters? It could be because of the siren, and her tempting song of distraction. The siren is a dangerous creature from Greek mythology. Sirens would use their enchanting and magical songs to lure sailors to their deaths by causing them to crash upon the rocks. In The Odyssey, Odysseus
The Power Of Stories
How do you make sense of the world around you and your place in it? What challenges you to see things from a new point of view? What helps you relate to others on a more personal level?
Stories are tools for understanding ourselves and others more deeply.
When we share stories, we gain much needed insight, empathy, and perspective. And when we begin to shift our perspective, our black and white way of seeing the world begins to fade as we open up to the beauty and possibilities of ourselves and the world around us.
Myths provide explanations for why things are the way they are. How did the Earth come to be? How was humankind first created? Why does the sun rise in the East and fall in the West? Even though they are not scientific explanations of nature’s phenomena, they provide us with great comfort because they help us understand our world.
The same goes for our traditions. Why do we decorate evergreen trees in the Winter? Why do we set up altars for our deceased loved ones during All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Why do we light and release lanterns at the end of the Chinese New Year? The stories tied to these traditions and more help us connect to each other, and our community, more deeply.
Most importantly for me, myths help us determine how to live a meaningful life. When we progress through The Hero’s Journey (Joseph Campbell) or The Heroine’s Journey (Maureen Murdock), we learn how viewing our lives as stages on a greater journey can help unlock our own personal transformation.