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Remember and Plant Peace

“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

On Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who have died while serving in the military, making the ultimate sacrifice for others, for freedom. To go beyond self into the rocky ground of other, the sacred land of service.

We all want to be remembered, to be seen. Heroes and ordinary humans. Be grateful for those who rise above self to give to others. Honor by following their lead in everyday service to others through kindness, generosity and love. That is how we can best serve and honor those who have given so much not only for their friends but for all.

Sojourn the daily path with acts of love. Plant seeds of peace wherever you pass.

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – St. Ambrose

Restoration in Progress

“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.” – Josephine Hart

“Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future.” – David Whyte

May you be restored each day within.
Pruning, burning, rooting, seeding, growing.
Pay attention to your internal landscape.
Nurture, garden and tend to it.
Peace in the world begins with self.
Restoration in progress.

“If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life.” – Eugene H. Peterson

Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis de Sales

May we jump to kindness rather than conclusions;
Acceptance rather than approval;
Slow to judgment;
Ease in the struggle;
Ease through the struggle;
Ease over struggle;
The calming voice that brings peace;
Observing, listening, questioning our assumptions;
Entering the current of love and generosity without prerequisites;
To notice rather than be noticed;
To encourage rather than criticize;
To listen and not solve with trite answers;
Responding with the beatitudes rather than platitudes;
Empty your jar of kindness with wild abandon, expecting nothing in return;
Cast light and love with fervor and abundance;
And in all of these impossible, counterintuitive, unwarranted, ridiculous, undeserving acts, change the world.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Be one.

“We will not have peace by afterthought.” – Norman Cousins

Peace

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy

“If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.” – Ivan Nuru

Peace always begins within. Reconcile and release worry, unforgiveness, resentments, open the door to peace. We become what we carry. Lay down the unnecessary, the old, the burdens that bind. Integrate them and move forward, not looking back. Walk lightly. Pour your energy, attention and effort to creating, building and connection. Nurture peace within by pruning, replanting and rooting in good soil of joy, love and gratitude.

Peace be with you, me and the world. Never stop pursuing.

“Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Plant Peace

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” – Carlos Santana

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

As the waiting, preparation and anticipation of Advent comes to its last few days, may Christmas be born in all hearts and poured out in actions. Love yourself so you can properly love others. Without condition, counting or delay, start from a place of love and be an instrument that builds, creates, enlivens and carries kindness and light into a chaotic undeserving world. In little things, great things bloom. Plant seeds of peace and love, grow joy and awe.

Prayer of St. Francis

“Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness joy.
O Divine master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved. as to love
For it’s in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born…
To eternal life.”

Peace. Love. Pardon. Faith. Hope. Light. Joy.
To you today and in the magical miraculous days ahead as Christmas comes to change our hearts and, in turn, the world.
An instrument of peace. A powerful weapon.

Boundless

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” – E. M. Forster

“For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of night.” – Khalil Gibran

The morning mist hovers on the water as the sun takes its place.
Simple and reachable beauty calling us out to play.
To dance in daily awe, to notice what is right in front of us.
To imagine and mold.
Look around and take it all in, not just a sliver.
May you allow gratitude, attention and peace carry you today.
Boundless.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

Begin Within

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” – Henri Nouwen

May you foster peace within, an offering to self.
Then move into the world to give it away with abandon.
In thoughts, words, deeds.
All begins within, plant seeds daily.
Calm, ease, loving-kindness.
Sow love, bear fruit.
Change the world by changing yourself.

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

Woven in the Moment

“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

May you stop searching for peace long enough to find it
Woven in this moment
Within your heart
Beyond the noise and distractions
Beneath the doing and striving
In acceptance, not analysis
In enough, not more
In gratitude and grace
Blossoming, thriving and full
Stop, embrace it, pass it on.

Peace Is This Moment Without Judgment by Dorothy Hunt

“Do you think peace requires an end to war?
Or tigers eating only vegetables?
Does peace require an absence from
your boss, your spouse, yourself?…
Do you think peace will come some other place than here?
Some other time than Now?
In some other heart than yours?

Peace is this moment without judgment.
That is all. This moment in the Heart-space
where everything that is is welcome.
Peace is this moment without thinking
that it should be some other way,
that you should feel some other thing,
that your life should unfold according to your plans.

Peace is this moment without judgment,
this moment in the Heart-space where
everything that is is welcome.”

Anchored in Stillness

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

“The life that I could still live, I should live, and the thoughts that I could still think, I should think.” – C.G. Jung, The Red Book

We relive more than live. Repeating our days over and over by looking back in post-game analysis and pre-living the future with worry and little imagination. The present moment is rarely lived while its happening. Yet it is the only real thing in our realm of control.

Participate in this day. Release moments that have been or will be to make space for now. Live moments while they are happening. Enter today, held in gratitude, anchored in stillness.

Today
by Mary Oliver

“Today I am flying low and I’m not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must,
The bees in the garden rumbling a little,
The fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather
I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.”

Practice Peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

We ask for peace, call for it, long for it.
When given the answer, we balk.
It requires us to do what we don’t feel like doing.
It makes me responsible, not someone else.
It starts and ends within.
Be bold and go there.
Dig in, to the roots.
Practice peace, daily.
Focus on yourself and stop fixing “the other guy.”

Be open to change, growth, renewal, allow peace to enter, remain and expand. And then give it away.

Choose love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy.

It is in giving we receive.
What a crazy, nonintuitive, creative, ridiculous, brilliant, simple and difficult formula.
Hunt, foster and practice peace deep within and cast it out into the world.
Diligent practice leads to improvement and mastery.
Imperfectly repeat and keep going.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

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