Posted in My Musings

Absence of Peace: The Biggest Ill of Them All ☮

I cannot articulate what happens to my heart when I hear about terrible occurrences that plague our world. While there is A LOT of light out there, it’s impossible to ignore life’s equally-as-many darknesses; ignorance, chaos, no compassion/empathy, hate.

It’s times like these (I wish it didn’t take times like these) to realize how ridiculous it is that I have ever allowed the littlest things to tick me off in the routine of life. (Example: I’ve gotten annoyed that the weather wasn’t agreeing with my plans, that I’ve had way too many projects going on at once, that my car battery died, etc.) <– Those little things? They MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. The fact that I’m alive–that anyone is a live, is in and of itself beyond MEANINGFUL. Everyone deserves to live a long life full of beautiful memories and heart-felt moments. The terror the people have endured in Lebanon, Paris, and Japan recently is more than soul-shattering. Loved ones have been tragically lost, innocent people that had so much more life to live have passed on in ways I don’t want to think about too much right now… And the ones left behind are suffering unparalleled loss.

All I want is for this symbol below, to infuse peace into every crease and corner of the world and beyond–not just Lebanon, Paris, and Japan. I know natural disasters like earthquakes cannot be helped, but when one human life is taken (even if you never met the person or know their name) due to the absence of someone else’s compassion, it’s a true tragedy of the highest caliber. So, today (not tomorrow or the next day), live your life fully, love truly, give generously, and be wholly yourself. Please. Do this for yourself, but also do this for those people that can no longer be here with us to smile, live, laugh, dream.

Peace4Paris, Peace4TheWorld
Posted in Words of Wisdom

☮Be Peace!☮

Be Peace… it’s easier said than done, I know. But with peace comes better health on all levels. When something petty comes up, it’s easy to lose that inner peace. We’ve all been there at one point or another. You’re almost late to work and all of the traffic lights seem to be red. You’re about to be next in line and realize you’ve forgotten your wallet… A wide array of challenges come along (usually during the most expected times) in people’s lives. That does not mean you cannot live in peace. So the next time something undesirable comes up, take a deep breath (preferably a few), visualize something pleasant like a lotus flower being illuminated by the summer solstice sunlight, turn to gratitude… rather than the attitude of pessimism, doubt, self-pity. Now, what about those bigger life issues? With poor health, losing a loved one, etc… Surely one cannot feel peaceful during such times and that’s perfectly fine! Let out the pain rather than bottling it up. It will take time, but your inner peace is there waiting because you’ve been Peace (& Love) all along.  And it only becomes stronger with each hardship. You see, as much as we’d rather not deal with anything negative in our lives, it can be a teacher if we let it.