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    Resonating Peace





    May you be at peace. May your heart remain open. May you awaken to the light of your own true nature. May you be healed. May you be a source of healing for all beings.

    ~Joan Borysenko



    (Photo credit: Peaceful Path by Jessica Jenney)


    I'm trying to embrace peace. To become more peaceful in my thoughts and actions. To show my children peace is the way.

    Becoming more peaceful isn't just about feeling calmer within yourself or learning to control your temper outwardly - although that's part of it. It isn't just about reducing stress and thus feeling more happy and healthy- though they are certainly benefits of being more peaceful.

    I find the most amazing benefit of learning to be more peaceful with yourself is that you will naturally project more peace and be calmer in your interactions with people around you. And, because we humans are inclined to mimic what we see (think: yawning in response to a yawn - we can't help it, we just do it), the people around you will be more peaceful - not only towards you, but to others they encounter. That means more joyful interactions with your children, your partner, your friends, your coworkers, even strangers. It works. It can be challenging. But…

     

    Peace resonates.

     

    When you find peace in your heart, it spreads outwards, and heals not only you, but everyone around you, and around them. You are teaching your children through your actions more than you ever could through your words. Why not teach peace?

    So how can YOU begin cultivating peace within yourself? Here are a few tips:

     

    Learn to meditate.

    Take a moment to think before you speak.

    Practice gratitude.

    Visualize how you'd like to feel and act.

    Find things that you love to look at or listen to or read that are soothing - and then, look, listen, and read them.

    Breathe deeply, whenever it occurs to you, but particularly when you're not feeling at peace.

    Forgive.

    Understand that being kind is more important than being right.

    Empathize.

    Make time to do things that you enjoy - don't neglect what inspires you.

    Hug your children and your partner, even when - ESPECIALLY WHEN - it feels difficult to do so.

    Love. Love. Love.

     

    So... Are you at peace? What helps you become more peaceful?

    Posted: Feb 08 2013, 08:40 by kelly | Comments (0) RSS comment feed |
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    A Stroke of Insight





    Right here, right now, all we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect. We are whole. And we are beautiful.

    ~Jill Bolte Taylor 

     

    Do you ever feel like there is MORE to your life than just your every day motions, appointments, responsibilities? Are you striving for peace - in yourself, your home, in the world?  I do, and I am. The other evening, I experienced Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk on her experience with coming face to face with what so many of us are searching for in life.  


    Dr. Taylor describes in eighteen short (I promise, when you start watching this, the time will fly by) minutes why we're not just who we think we are, or see ourselves as, or how others see us, but also, much, much larger, integrated, and interconnected with everyone and everything in the universe; AND how we - each and every one of us - have the ability and the choice to "step to the right of our left hemispheres" and experience more of the amazing  potential we all have; to experience and create and share real peace.

     

    Look, I know you probably feel like you don't have 18 minutes handy - with work, home, children, life. And maybe you're not into the whole spiritual, woo woo, new age stuff.  But... remember - Dr. Taylor didn't go looking for a spiritual  connection to the universe; she was a neuroanatomist, studying brain disorders, who found herself suddenly in a position to study her OWN brain, through a stroke as it was occurring - and in that experience, discovered something far more amazing and important than what she expected.

     

    I picture a world filled with beautiful, peaceful, compassionate, loving people who knew that they could come to this space at any time. And that they could purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres and find this peace.


    This video is one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen. So, for whatever that's worth, please try to find time - you won't be disappointed. Maybe you'll just find it interesting. Or maybe it just might give you that bit of incentive and  approval you've been looking for to reach that MORE that PEACE that CONNECTION that you know is there - inside of us. Please watch.

     

    ps - you may find that the timbre of her voice is, at first, challenging to experience; but the message she's sharing soon outweighs any discomfort. Make it through the first four minutes, and you'll be hooked. Please let me know if you watch this & how you liked it. I'd love to hear. 

    Posted: Feb 02 2013, 12:56 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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    Why Not Peace?





    I talk a lot about peace here on my blog.    

    Peace. It means to me: calm, harmony, quiet , comfort.

    Inner peace – not feeling pulled in any one direction more than another; a sense of all-is-okayness; presence and serenity; zen.
    Outer peace – relationships copasetic; environment calm. 
    World peace – all beings as one, without oppression, suffering, abuse, killing. Interacting in harmony with each other and our earth.  

    Peace isn’t just a destination or a goal, it’s a method of travel and a system of delivery.


    (my daughter, giving the peace sign)

    And maybe it’s an ideal (and as such, out of reach?). I know it’s certainly not yet something I have reached or perfected. Many days I fall far short – my children fight, I feel unsettled, my house is a mess, my to-do list gets longer, my email bin at work is overflowing, my internal dialog is abuzz (and all of this revolves around my own tiny part of the universe – it hardly scratches the surface of world peace). But some moments, some days… I feel peaceful.  

    Those moments keep me striving towards peace every day. When I organize my life with peace in the forefront, I find stress is less present.  When I put forward peaceful interaction with my children as my purpose (as opposed to “good behavior” or “following my directions”), I find they respond in ways more like what I was hoping for in the first place.  If I start difficult conversations with an expectation of a peaceful resolution, the outcome tends to be one that feels more satisfying. If I start my day by setting an intention of being peaceful, I find I’m better able to cope with situations which present themselves as less-than-peaceful.

    We cannot help but become what we put most of our effort and energy and thought towards. So, why not peace?

    May you have a peaceful day, readers.

    Posted: Sep 13 2011, 15:14 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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