Contributing to World Peace

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I  believe that we can all contribute to world peace. It starts with being kind to ourselves.
Helping others is a good place to start, but the real work is ours to do for ourselves.

We must find that peaceful, nourishing and inspiring place I call our Middle Ground. In this place, we learn to let go of judgment, accept what is, and open our hearts.

The critical, competitive and fearful voice in our head loses its hold over us. We learn not to believe our thinking, and see the world with more clarity.

This is where peace and awakening arises.

This poem by Chade-Meng Tan (Google’s Jolly Good Fellow and author of Search Inside Yourself) is my inspiration for this blog:

With deep inner peace

And great compassion, self compassion and fun

Aspire daily to save the world.

But do not strive to achieve it.

Just do whatever comes naturally.

Because when aspiration is strong

And compassion blossoms,

Whatever comes naturally,

Is also the right thing to do.

Thus you,

The wise compassionate being,

Save the world while having fun.

 

As I sit here, I ask myself this question, and I will ask it of you too.

How can I bring more compassion, inspiration and fun into what comes naturally?

For me, it is in writing posts for this blog and teaching my yoga students. What about you?

* World Peace is Within You

peace in our hands

I find these words so inspiring from Chade-Meng Tan

“Like many others wiser than me, I believe that world peace can and must be created from the inside out.  

If we can find a way for everybody to develop peace and happiness within themselves, their inner peace and happiness will naturally manifest into compassion.

And if we create a world where most people are happy, at peace and compassionate, we can create the foundation for world peace…. 

Fortunately, a methodology for doing that already exists and has already been practiced by various peoples for thousands of years.

It is the art of contemplative practices to develop the mind. Most of us know this as meditation.”

~ Chade-Meng Tan

It begins with each and every one of us.

Now more than ever, find the connection to the peace and stillness within you.

Consciously step away from the external chaos of the world and the media.

heart meditation light

It only takes a moment to pause and take a few deep breaths.

Allow your awareness to move into the center of your being, just below your heart.

Notice the rise and fall of the breath.

Ask yourself  “What is alive in me right now?” and “Can I be with this?”

Sit with this for a while and allow what you are experiencing to be felt in your heart.

You have the answer to world peace within you.

Namaste

* Making Friends with our Emotions

I am grateful to work with clients who want to find their middle ground. A big part of this is becoming aware of what gets in the way and making friends with our emotions.  This poem by Chade Meng Tan is taken from his book Search Inside Yourself. It is inspired by Rumi’s The Guest House and the work of Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as the Tale of the Two Wolves.

Real monsteres

My monsters come in different shapes and sizes.
Over the years I have learned to deal with them.
I do that by letting go.

First, I let go of my wish to suppress them.
When they arrive, I acknowledge them
I let them be

Next, I let go of my instinct to vilify them.
I seek to understand them.
I see them for who they are.

They are merely creations of my body and mind.
I humor them a little.
I joke with them.
I joke about them.
I let them play.

Then I let go of my desire to feed them.
They may play here all they want.
but they get no food from me.

They are free to stay here hungry if they want.
I continue to let them be.
Then they get really hungry.
And sometimes they leave.

Finally, I let go of my desire to hold on to them.
They are free to leave as they wish.
I let them go.
I am free.
For now.

I do not overcome them.
They do not overcome me.
And we live together
In harmony

 

Mindful awareness… letting go… accepting emotions for what they are … and finding life in balance.

Aahhh … now that feels better.

* Save the World While Having Fun

I believe that we can all contribute to world peace. It starts with being kind to ourselves and finding peace within ourselves. Helping others is a great place to start, but the real work is inside each one of us.

We must find that peaceful, nourishing and inspiring place I call our Middle Ground.

heart centered world

This poem by Chade-Meng Tan (Google’s Jolly Good Fellow and author of Search Inside Yourself) is one of my inspirations.

With deep inner peace

And great compassion, self compassion and fun

Aspire daily to save the world.

But do not strive to achieve it.

Just do whatever comes naturally.

Because when aspiration is strong

And compassion blossoms,

Whatever comes naturally,

Is also the right thing to do.

Thus you,

The wise compassionate being,

Save the world while having fun.

save the world having fun

 

Thank you for joining me in aspiring to save the world while having fun!

Namaste

* A Small New Year Resolution That Can Save the World

As you may know by now, I am not a supporter of New Year’s resolutions. You can call me contrary  or realistic … but when we feel pressure to commit to a change or work towards a big goal, it simply doesn’t happen without the right resources and support in place – and an inner motivation that comes from our heart and soul.

I admire people who have that within themselves- especially in the dead of winter – but for most mortals it usually ends in disappointment. The research shows only 8% of Americans follow through to the end of the year with Resolutions.

yoga mindfulnessIn a quiet moment during my yoga practice this morning I realized that there is one resolution that I want to make. I think it is one that we can all commit to as it feeds our heart and nourishes our wellbeing.

In essence it is to continue on my journey of being kind and compassionate towards myself. When we give ourselves kindness we bring kindness to those around  us, and it has a ripple effect that keeps growing.

I believe that world peace starts with being kind to ourselves and finding peace within ourselves. Helping others is a good place to start, but the real work is ours to do for ourselves. We must find that peaceful, nourishing and inspiring place I call our Middle Ground. 

This poem by Chade-Meng Tan (Google’s Jolly Good Fellow and author of Search Inside Yourself) is my inspiration for the new year.

With deep inner peace

And great compassion,self compassion and fun

Aspire daily to save the world.

But do not strive to achieve it.

Just do whatever comes naturally.

Because when aspiration is strong

And compassion blossoms,

Whatever comes naturally,

Is also the right thing to do.

Thus you,

The wise compassionate being,

Save the world while having fun.

Have a wonderful New Year filled with discovery, self kindness and fun!

Hugs, Val