Peace is calling.
Peace is always calling me.
Sometimes I hear its beckoning but move on oblivious to its imploring plea.
Sometimes I simply stand still and feel its presence, time and thought suspended, heart gently pulsing, hearing the sound of my own breath and feeling its energy coursing through my veins
Sometimes I stop dead in my tracks and then find I am taking a different path, consciously aware that peace is holding my hand and drawing me closer to it.
As though there is nothing more to be done and nothing more important than taking my next breath
No inner turmoil.
No outer distraction.
Complete, whole, content, strong.
And then I move on into the next moment calmly, clearly, gently, as though I had left that ‘me’ behind and placed the ‘true’ me in its stead.
I do love these words by Jon Kabat Zin, one of the great advocates of mindfulness –
“That what you knew and what you didn’t know,
That what had been and what was yet to come,
And the way things are right now
No longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord? ”
These words to me identify the feeling of being truly peaceful. And what I do now know is that despite such calming influences as waves rolling into shore; the sound of rain on a tin roof; or the sweet bird-song of Spring; peace does not come from them, it is simply enhanced by them. Outward peace is simply useless without inward peace.
Peace is something that you embody, patiently creating its place and space within you. When you are peaceful and emanate this peace to all around you, on a larger scale you are contributing peace to the world. You are Peace.
And remember people are attracted to those who are serene and quietly poised.
As James Allen wrote in his masterful work, “As a man Thinketh”, dating back to 1902, “Calmness of the mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom and is the result of long and patient effort.
The more serene you become clearly the more, you will cease to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remain poised, steadfast and tranquil.
It is said that Peace is the warrior, the weapon of the strong. It conquers darkness. The darkness of anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, the sense of separation, and the feeling of isolation. It is the sunshine to the psyche and the panacea to the spirit.
You must be it in order to radiate it. Calmness is power.
Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away”……John Lennon.
May the voice of peace whisper to you,
May the voice of peace sing to your soul,
May the voice of peace speak to your thoughts,
May the voice of peace be with you to wherever you go.
P.S. I took this photo in Myannmar in 2014. Gorgeous children are everywhere in this world.