“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~Anais Nin
You are peace. You were born with a peaceful spirit. Believe that you are peace.
Repeat: I AM PEACE
Yes, you are peace. Any unfulfilling, negative emotion that anyone has (fear, anger, suspicion, viciousness, bullying, shaming, meanness, lying) is learned. Peace is innate.
The chaos and dogma and the mean-spirited acts that may surround you, you can change. One person, one act can create peace. Peace, calm, tranquility can be achieved by you at any time and in any place. Only peace, brokered by love and good-will intention is permanent.
Right now, you can create peace and tranquility. A restful, peace-centered mind is and can be your domain. All it takes is first a willingness to suspend anger, grudges, falsity, pain, blame or any negativity which dispels calm and the second order is to choose peace. Some meditate, others offer prayers or read or write or create art or dance to re-gain their inner need for peace.
Mantra: I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. I will be a joyful and happy being. I am peace.
Slow down, chill out, think with your heart, create kindness. Be gentle, look for goodness. Frame your life with mindfulness. Sing a song, write a poem. Smile. Peace, be still.
Create your tranquil space, voice words of peace, place joy in your heart. Become a well wisher for every man, woman and child; it will change the world-especially yours.
Live in peace; live for peace.
I stand, yes – I stand
I stand for every man
I stand for equality and justice for all
I stand with my fists held high
I stand for freedom and liberty
I stand to reflect my dignity
Question: What do you stand for? Reply and share your conviction
“Truth be told, inner peace begins the moment you take a new breath and choose not to allow an uncontrollable event to dominate you in the long-term. You are not what happened to you. You are what you choose to become in this moment. Let go, breathe, and begin again…” ~Marc and Angel Chernoff, authors of Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs
“We must never merely…provide people with programs which have little or nothing to do with their own preoccupations, doubts, hopes, and fears….It is not our role to speak to people about our own view of the world, nor to attempt to impose that view on them, but rather to dialogue with the people about their view and ours.”
~Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
You are responsible! Regardless of how others may define “being responsible”, you hold the key to action and words which reflect a living response to situations or people which then canonize your values and ultimately declare who you are.
Paulo Freire is on point. Who has the right to determine, without broad input, what is good for others. Given the salient underpinning of each person’s environment from birth which shape one’s perspective and ego, everyone should consult and undergo a personal deepened examination of oneself before acting to salvage those who act, in their mind, less responsible.
Recent examples of environmental bias involve racism, homophobia, sexism, religious judgment, abuse in its may forms which result in actions that oppress and injure due out of external programs brokered by fear and undergirded bias. How could one call the police on an 11 year old black boy who was innocently delivering papers unless the callers response was colored by racial bias? Or, how can a woman wearing a t-shirt stamped Puerto Rico be verbally abused unless there is a lack of honest responsibility and true caring for others.
Let’s probe further. Is it responsible to use religion and the bible to separate children from parents or deny legal rights only because they are of other nationalities than European? Are you living responsible when you bombast same sex relationships by only imposing your view? Do women and men who are abused by someone in an authority role deserve justice?
What are responsible answers to these questions? What questions do you have that expand the dialogue so that accepted preoccupations, doubts, hopes or fears are challenged?
It is the responsibility of each one to care enough to question and gain knowledge. Once informed dialogue happens with a varied population of stakeholders a blended truth can emerge which heals rather than harm.
You are responsible, take it seriously. Own and accept your role in activating change.
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
~De Sales, St. Francis (1567-1622)
I see life when I observe motion. The energy I observe creates. Bees fly and plants bloom. A child smiles and makes a better day. Life is one big motion to observe.
“Observe the invincible tendency of the mind to unify. It is a law of our constitution that we should not contemplate things apart without the effort to arrange them in order with known facts and ascribe them to the same law.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)
Thoughts resonate any day of the week, but this is a Friday thought:
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the confirming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconfirming minority.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love, 1963