12 May 2010

Be, Do and Have Peace

"If you want a kinder world, then behave with kindness; if you want a peaceful world, make peace within." ~ Dan Millman

"Making peace with ourselves is like building an inner house of peace and welcoming the God of peace to dwell there forever." ~ John Dear

I love both of these quotes because they speak of peace as a verb. Peace is something you choose to be, do, and have. If you want a peaceful environment, then be peace. If you want to maintain a peaceful atmosphere, then you must do peace yourself. As Gandhi once said, you must be the change you wish to see. In this case, you must be and do the peace you wish to see in your immediate world.

When all hell is breaking loose, don’t join in. What good will that do? Just create a bigger sphere of hell! Instead, maintain a level of peace and calm. Keep your cool and just observe. Don’t judge, don’t criticize, don’t analyze. Just observe. If you allow everyone else’s drama to affect you, then you are simply at the mercy of everyone else’s drama. If you need, take a “water break.” Visit the lu. Go get a drink of water. Silently bless the water you use, say a prayer of peace, then return to your place. You will be amazed at how much calmer and reserved you will be because you stepped away from all that negative energy.

Just for today, stop getting caught up in everyone else’s drama. Keep your cool and maintain your own peace and watch peace become your dearest friend.

Choose peace, instead of this!
Coach Carolyn

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