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
Answer: Be peaceful. Serenity is the answer to peace, both inner and outward peace. Being peaceful does not mean you are a passive milk-toast and that you allow others to walk all over you.
To the contrary, when you are peaceful you tap into a strength of peace that is inviolable. You will not be dishonored. You will not be humiliated. You will not be weakened when you are peaceful.
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy South Africa, 1966
Have courage, be peaceful but firm of conviction and honor. Your mantra: Let there be peace on earth, let it begin with me.
Be an instrument of peace.
Be a vessel of calm on the stormy sea of life.
Be peaceful, get peace.
“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)
Developing a sense of mindfulness takes patience and practice. Simply, you can start by asking yourself, “what’s on your mind?”
Checking in with your inner self, asking to your true inner soul what’s on your mind can guide you to pleasant retreats of mindfulness.
“In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” ~Jon Kabat-Zin
Take a few minutes and practice asking yourself “what’s on your mind?” right now. Turn off telephone, television, radio, and any other device or person that could distract you and then laser the question to your inside.
Listen, hear your heart…take time to pay attention to what is resonating within you right now. What are you hearing? What do you feel as you ask yourself (in silence or out loud) what is on my mind.
Capture the feeling, store it in your recessive progressive file of memories and come back from your inner mindful state of listening slowly and peacefully.
Check in now, how do you feel? How did that exercise of inner listening cause a shift? What insight did you experience? Next, take a few more seconds to record in words your feelings and the active presence of the experience.
Mindfulness takes patience and practice. One way to sustain this new activity and soon make it your new habit is to make intentional, definite plans to clear your space and mind to start first weekly inner mindfulness check in and remember to write a brief record of your examination of feelings and insights. Then when you are ready to do this exercise daily, patiently do so. Make a point to practice mindfulness when and at whatever time is prime for you.
What’s on your mind, make the discovery by feeling what’s in your heart and soul.
Kiss your indecision goodbye. Kiss your complaints or conflict goodbye. Kiss fault lines goodbye. From now on, all you have to do is KISS life.
KISS – a simple formula to navigate life.
Keep your words and intention short and sweet, meaning live from your empathetic heart. Instead of talking to someone in a raging diatribe, KISS it. Say what you mean simply but absent venom. Managing any relationship can present challenges, but the sweetness of life offers the opportunity to regulate emotions and re-assign fault.
When you KISS a decision, it lifts you beyond the messiness of constant quandary. Think about the choices you have when posed with a personal challenge and then think short and sweet of the outcomes after which it is time to make a decision.
Japanese use the term arugamama to describe a sense of acceptance. KISS is your arugamama – you accept what you need to confront and then use simple, sweet active steps to live whole.
You are whole, now KISS life.