Where Would you Choose to Sit?

Over the past several weeks I have been walking in Chanticleer Gardens, near me in Wayne PA. Every time I venture out I have my iPhone 8 at the ready … and it seems to capture the colors, contours, shadows and perspectives pretty well.

I don’t see myself as a photographer, but I have been taught to have an artistic eye. Recently, I have not only wanted to represent what is before me, but also to appreciate different perspectives, shades, patterns and dynamics that are taking place.

So, these last few visits I have asked myself – where would I like to sit? As I brought new awareness to seats, I noticed so many more in tucked away corners as well as overlooking lovely vistas.

Where would you choose to sit?

 

Choose Yin

save the world

“Our planet will be saved by women not men. Men think they can solve their problems through violence. Jesus, Gandhi and other great souls knew that men have no fear of violence – they’ve been killing since Cain and Abel. So they conquered men by acting like women. They brought yin to the planet, not more yang, and that’s how our planet will be saved.

You can do this too. Choose Yin. Start small. Decide to harm no living thing, including yourself, in thought, word or deed for one hour. Then extend it for two hours. Then perhaps for an entire morning.”

by Sister Mary Ann Kelley.
Taken from Soul To Soul by John Mundahl

This is such a strong statement by Sister Mary Ann.

It isn’t easy to choose yin over yang in a world that dismisses gentleness, and often sees softness as weakness. There is violence everywhere – in a world at war, the news, sports, entertainment and the media. In the words we hear and use, and even in our self talk.

yin tang of nature

Yang is everywhere. Yet as the Yin Yang symbol shows, both are a part of the natural balance of life. We cannot have one over the other. But we can choose which to embrace more in our lives.

I like to think that choosing Yin brings the world back into balance.

Tonight I start a Yin Yoga Teacher Training weekend at Hummingbird Yoga and Massage in Bryn Mawr.

May we all embrace this nourishing peaceful side of ourselves in the learning ahead.

Namaste

Light Bearers

Light bearers

We are light bearers, stewards
of a truth that insists on being
shared despite doubt or fear or
imagined limitation. We spread
the flame by teaching, or by growing
still, by daring to be outrageous
and dancing beneath the full moon,
or by holding a friend in need
and taking part in life’s normal
routines. This is our message –
there is hope encoded in each
cell, each loving thought, each
time we reach out to one another.
There’s truth that won’t be stopped
by toppling buildings, snipers’
bullets, war clouds on the horizon,
or the inner storms of grief, despair
and insecurity. We are the peace we’ve
been seeking, the peace that stretches
beyond the mind’s need for form or
understanding, the peace for which
each human heart longs. Now is
the time for the light bearers to
offer up the truth of who
and what we really are.

~ Danna Faulds

We are the peace that we’ve been seeking.

Never forget this when doubt arises.

For it surely will, along this path of inner and outer transformation.

There is truth that won’t be stopped.

Namaste

 

Chant for Peace with Tina Turner

Raise your voice for peace

This is a re-post. I feel like singing and bringing my voice to the world. Please join me and Tina Turner and friends chanting for peace. I love this video.

Meaning of the words:

Sarva=everything;

Sarvesham= all/ everything;

Svastir = health/well-being;

Bhavatu = let be, may there be;

Shanti=peace.

Namaste

Faith vs Belief

I came across this interesting passage from Steven Harrison’s book “The Question to Life’s Answers”. It made me stop and think about what belief I was becoming attached to in this crazy and distressing pre-election time.

Voters waiting to vote in polling place

“We really don’t need to run the show. The show is being run through us and through every other living thing. That’s a very faith-based perspective, and it relieves us from having the burden of having to believe.

The problem with belief, is that it requires to have a particular set of ideas that is different from all other sets of ideas. It is the creation of distinction that generates belief. It all generates conflict. It is the basis of war, of separation, of all the human horrors that we’ve seen throughout history.

Faith, on the other hand, is the discarding of those beliefs. It is the possibility of peace, health, community, understanding – all things that we aspire to through our beliefs.

We must deconstruct our belief systems in order to return again to the primal awareness of life or feeling of God’s spirit flowing through us.”

 

Right now the country is being polarized by groups of people clinging to opposing beliefs. Take a moment to consider letting go of how you may be contributing to this conflict.

Instead of holding on to one set of ideas and rejecting others, in order to evolve, we must return to a more essential place of spirit and love.

I hope you will join me in standing for Faith. And also join me in the practice of voting for the candidates who reflect what you stand for.

I’m a pragmatist too.

 

 

Quest for Silence

woman meditating

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“Our quest does not involve taking on more ways of describing. It involves removing all descriptions so that we may come home free and dwell in endless silence. Anyone who has had an experience of that silence knows that it cannot be adequately described in words. It can only be lived.

Silence cannot be manipulated. It can’t be pushed or forced. It can only be experienced as a living embodiment, as a presence that is expressing through us. We are merely its instrument.”

~ Stephen R Schwartz from “Problems are the Doors Through which we Find Peace”

 

I am reacquainting myself with the writing of Stephen R Schwartz and his work on being compassionate towards our own anger, guilt and pain. When we turn with love towards these feelings, instead of condemning them, hiding them or resisting them, we open the door towards healing the wounds from the past.

When we look at these feelings honestly we discover that beneath them is a yearning and longing for acceptance and love.

On the path to awakening, our heart must open to all aspects of ourselves in order to find the peace we are all longing for.

This is the most important step for us all on our quest for silence.

Without self compassion and kindness, peace cannot survive.

Namaste

Haiku – peace

grow towards the light

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~
Peace starts within us.
Let the seed found in darkness
Grow towards the light
~

Sometimes we need to step back and take time to nurture ourselves and explore the seed within us that’s longing to be nurtured.

I tell myself there’s no rush. It’s okay to get my hands dirty. Everything will unfold and grow in its own way.

It feels good to catch up and connect with my WordPress community again❣

 

 

 

Haiku – stillness

 seed sprouts after rain
~
Find your Middle Ground
Let the seed found in stillness
bring peace to the earth.
~

Find your Middle Ground is about stepping away from stressful days and anxious minds, and taking time to pause.

When we are mindful of the present moment and simply allow it to be, we open a door to our natural state of being – accepting, loving, peaceful, kind and content. Most of us are so distracted and moving so fast that we get caught up in the world of “doing” or worrying about what we should be doing next.
Too much doing and thinking disconnects us from our sense of “being”and who we really are.

I write about finding this place of connection, contentment and peace in the highs and lows of life. I call it our Middle Ground.

Namaste

Shrouded

This is a beautiful and touching reflection on the past from Peace Love and Patchouli. 💛

Peace, Love and Patchouli

In deepest thoughts we wander
aimless and quietly into the forests of yesterday,
the heights shrouded in fine mist
and our memories hang high in the canopy tops,
barely filtered by the light of waking morn.

Staring into the grey shaded fog
as ghostly clouds linger casting shadows,
we reach in and move the images about
seeking meaning where we can see clearly.

How did we come to be here,
in this place where translucent snapshots move
in and out of focus,
the mind a panoramic camera with a cracked lens
distorting the sights
and bringing to the surface the sounds
of a deep breath exhaling.

As the tiniest twigs snap beneath our feet
a form stops to gaze,
with wide eyes waiting for movement
we linger in the past
then turn silently away,
move down the path unseen
leaving an echo of peace
in our departure.

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Courage

Beautifully expressed thoughts on Thich Nhat Hahn’s words. Thank you Shobhna.

Hatred and fear blind us,

We no longer see each other,

We only see the faces of monsters and

that gives us the courage

to destroy each other

by Thich Nhat Hahn.

I read this recently and it explains so much of what is happening within relationships around the world. I have been concerned about the amount of hatred that is present in speeches given by leaders and the actions being taken against groups of people globally. Courage rooted in hatred and fear will eventually dissolve, but after having harmed people and the earth. We have seen this happen over and over again in our history. In destroying others we invariably destroy ourselves too.

Removing fear and hatred within our own minds takes courage. Because we are left feeling vulnerable without the protection of the monsters face to scare others with. As that monstrous face peels of, the authentic, genuine…

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Accept this Moment

be at peace

Accept the present moment and allow it to be.

Make peace with yourself.

Make peace with life.

Make peace with this moment.

Allow the world to be.

Let life unfold without resistance.

No need for evaluating or judging.

Find the beauty here.

 

The Art of Peace

peace symbol art

The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.

You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.*

~ Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Peace is an art form.
It is created.
There has to be an intention behind it.
It comes from within.
It comes with some effort and skill.
It brings about transformation within you and to those around you.
Manifest your inner enlightenment and share it with the world.

Namaste

 

*Ueshiba, Morihei. The Art of Peace (Shambhala Classics) (p. 41). Shambhala. Kindle Edition.