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“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

 

 

I am forever the peace-maker.  As a middle child, I avoided conflict and tried to help everyone get along.  I even became a certified mediator to further my skills at peace making in my profession.  And still to this day, my family and friends will call upon me to work out issues others are having.  They call when they need an ear or a shoulder or a referee.

 

But I have never felt there was much peace in anything I did.  Just trying to keep the peace perhaps, but who can keep peace.  It seems we need to be peace, not keep peace.  I confirmed this feeling when I recently joined in a global meditation for peace with Deepak Chopra.

 

His message was clear….we are peace.  You can’t tell people to be at peace.  You can’t really teach peace, but through your example of being peace others will respond.  So how do you become peace especially when conflict seems to be escalating everywhere even within ourselves?

 

“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.” 
― Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven

 

 

DSCN8848I have been on a pilgrimage to find peace within for quite a long time.  And it wasn’t until recently that I have been able to feel I am more at peace or should I say I am peace.

 

For me, peace seems to be a deep internal feeling where I accept myself warts and all.  One of the things I still struggle with is judging people and situations.  I have trained myself to stop, step back and let go of the judgment as it does no good.  Instead I try to understand the situation or person.

 

And I try to connect more with compassion.  Not a pity or sympathy kind of compassion, but more of a tolerance and kindness sort as we really don’t know what it is like to live in another’s skin.

 

I think we may have lost our capacity for this kind of compassion in this world.  And it is vital that we recapture it.  Compassion for ourselves as well as others. Not an easy notion, I know.

 

So for now I am working on connecting with my internal self where peace, happiness and compassion are always present.  I know I have said it before but I connect with my soul, my inner self, through my daily meditation.  I find an inexhaustible source of peace and understanding there.  And once found, I stay connected to that state of peace, compassion and happiness for longer and longer periods.  Being peace…I am beginning to feel it really is in each of us. 

 

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Special Note:  Purple is a favorite color of mine.  It stands for someone who is sensitive, compassionate, understanding and supportive.  Others come to you for help.  Sounds like this color is perfect for me at this point in my life.  A good color to represent peace too.

 

 

The picture below is my gift to you this week.  Please download it and use it to spread peace.

 

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16 Comments

  1. August 14, 2014    

    “Participating joyfully in the sorrows of the world” …..the Dalai Lama. This is the peace I desire.

    • August 14, 2014    

      Lovely thoughts Susie on compassion…if we could all do this!

  2. August 14, 2014    

    A work i progress here.
    I am empathic and try (so very hard) not to create chaos or dischord.
    Being peace, or even at peace with myself? Not yet.
    Things to think about here – thank you. And I love your iris photo – complete with insect. Thank you.

    • August 14, 2014    

      I think all of us who work on this know how hard it can be but we continue to be peace or be at peace as much as we can…The insect on the iris was a surprise after a hard rain…I love that photo too Soosie.

  3. August 14, 2014    

    Peace I can say, if only to happen one day. Too much unrest that happens kills having peace unless one disengages from the world around oneself. I guess that is why so many great thinkers do find peace. Turn off and tune out.

    • August 14, 2014    

      I think we do have to disengage Donna to find that peaceful part of ourselves.

  4. August 14, 2014    

    This is such a powerful set of ideas. When I despair of the condition of the world, I need to remember that in order to foster peace, i need to be peace.

    • August 15, 2014    

      It actually has helped me a great deal Jean to think this way. And I believe it helps the world, even if it is only my little part. It is a ripple effect.

  5. August 16, 2014    

    Donna, I wouldn’t have said that there is a difference between keeping peace and being peace, I might have laughed at how anyone could ever be peace… But you made me think about it and I understand better now. Keeping peace means to observe rules of peace which come from the outer space while being peace means to incorporate peace into your soul and to build all your personality on it, the peace must dwell within you. I find it an enormous challenge which changes one’s personality significantly, and one needs to take that change into account. Do I really want to be peace with everything it takes and do I want it fully or partially is enough, or do I want “just” to keep peace? I don’t think there is just one right answer without any shade of grey as there are so many roles needed. And also, peace may have many faces, as strange as it sounds. We should find out who we are and go in that direction, hopefully sticking to peace in any form as well as to justice, right and love.

    I applaud you for continuing your daily meditation and find it marvellous that you can already feel the fruit of it in your life. Inner peace is precious and healing for sure.

    • August 16, 2014    

      Glad I made you think and as usual Petra you have made me think. We do need a combo of both being and keeping peace. It is a hard road but one I know I need. If I do one thing every day it is my meditation. Now I need to move on to a commitment to daily exercise now that I am pretty healed from my surgery. I am moving on to a deeper physical healing…wish me luck!

  6. August 16, 2014    

    Thanks for this delicious slice
    of thoughts worth thinking:)
    deeper and deeper peace to you,
    Jennifer

    • August 16, 2014    

      And peace to you my friend…if we could have more and peace within, there would be less and less violence.

  7. August 16, 2014    

    Oh my… I yearn for inner peace…

    • August 16, 2014    

      It is something I believe we really can attain…I send you ripples of peace Michelle as you find your inner peace.

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