Self Reliance “No kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried“Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance”To rely on oneself not only physically but intellectually is no small feat. In the poetry collection The Sun and Her Flowers (Circa 2017), Rupi Kaur explores the process of healing and growth. The last chapter, titled “Blooming” has many great examples of self reliance. “It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole” (Rupi Kaur, pg 215). In this specific excerpt Kaur is expressing the strength and comfort within intertwining one's mind and body. Relying not on others, but your whole person. This reminds me of one idea from Emerson's excerpt above, specifically “none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried” (Emerson). If you attempt to marry the mind and soul your capabilities of self reliance will make themselves known. That is a common theme between the two ideas Kaur and Emerson represent here. “What is the greatest a lesson a woman should learnThat since day one She has had everything she needs within herself It's the world that convinced her she did not” (Rupi Kaur, pg 233). Emerson was a strong believer in individualism and condemning others' opinions of you. This idea is greatly represented in the previously stated quote from Rupi Kaur. If one can block out the ideas of others regarding oneself, all the strength one needs will be found at their disposal. The idea of self reliance is prominent in Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowersdespitethe lack of it's direct mention. This only goes to show self reliance is prominent in the humanprocess of healing and transcending your own barriers.
Simplified Life“I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essentialfacts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, andnot, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did notwish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish topractice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.” Henry DavidThoreau, “Walden”To live outside the boundaries of materialism is not only tolive a simple life, but a holy one. The Church at Compline is amonk monastery created by minimalist architect John Pawson.