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Practicing Peace

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.  ~Mother Teresa
Namaste Monday Mindful Ones! We are lighting the 4th Advent candle for Peace …

We light this candle for Peace and for the arrival of baby Jesus ~ Prince Of Peace. The inspiration of Hope, living the Light of unconditional Love, and gratefully feeling the flow of JOY has prepared our hearts for living peace. We have freed ourselves from the story of lack and are embracing the abundant truth of who we are. We are allowing God’s Grace to sculpt our lives and in this co-creation lies the greatest Peace ~ the peace that passeth understanding, the peace that comforts, consoles, guides and glides us through our journey here on our path paved in Peace. This Grace-filled state of goodness is what every heart longs for … for self, for family, for community, for Oneness, for our planet. The call for Peace on Earth and Good will Towards All is the ultimate Hope, Love, Joy and Light within every heart, within every being; it is the magic that manifests not just the Christmas miracle but all miracles present in this gift of life and living in the realm of infinite possibilities. As we make our fresh start into the new year, we can practice this peace that has been newly illumined.

For our part in practicing Peace, there is the ever present gift & call to return to center, to return to that sweet God spot of peace that lies in every one of us. In thinking serene thoughts & memories, visions of nature come to mind … our planet is filled with plenty of peaceful opportunities yet our society tends to be the antithesis of this harmony. Just think shopping malls or any one given store this time of year, think traffic, nightly news, the staggering numbers of homeless, jobless, & hungry … in our own neighborhoods and all over the world. Think of your own “To Do” list and the peace that passeth understanding seems a far away concept. In my own life & list, I have been queen of the loooooong, never ending list for as long as I can remember. For more than a decade, I have been aware of the subconscious driving force behind the list ~ the wrong belief that I am not enough and can never be enough and will thereby prove it by having a list that no super mom could ever complete! Whew! Now for the good news; with each passing year, I have less interest & charge in completing the list. I am more & more at peace with what gets done ~ and what doesn’t! And while yes, the list is still too long & I am still learning balance & temperament, I am ever more experiencing the state of grace & peace that is the greatest gift of presence. That said, in all its truth, I do have a confession to make …

As we embark on this peace filled 4th Advent week before Christmas, I have taken on yet another commitment. The month was winding down nicely this week; 1 more day of music classes in the school, facilitating the Solstice celebration at Sophia’s Well (with a stellar power point,, candle lighting & many more in SPIRIT inspirations!), hosting Jeremiah’s out-of-state grandfather’s visit, and 2 other family Christmas meals with the elders, package wrapping … not too bad … hee hee … but THEN, I have stepped in as a replacement for the Christmas Eve play at the Methodist church! I will play an aged Mary looking back on the first Christmas … some considerable dialogue for only a week of rehearsal. My inner actress is thrilled! Jeremiah was already cast as one of the shepherd’s grandsons. Yesterday morning, I found myself having to yet again employ forgiveness & compassion with the list maker in me that seemingly has a vendetta against peace! But then, we had a play rehearsal at the church. I experienced a holy presence & that peace that passeth understanding, a knowing that yes, all is in divine order and I can fully embrace being this sacred voice for our beloved Methodist community. Jeremiah & I are both happy to be in the play as well as at play with all the blessed busy-ness of the season. My job is to just keep the peace through all of it! My list may be just as long as ever but I am at peace knowing my cup runneth over and what isn’t sipped or gulped will drift into dancing raindrops or radiant rainbows somewhere in the world. Aaahh … Presence surely is the greatest gift!

Thanks so much for your presence here! For the rest of this Lesson In Light with suggestions for clearing for peace & peace with our children, go to our Advent Awakening Lessons In Light  page on site.

Let us love the world to peace.  ~Eileen Elias Freeman

Last week’s Mindful Meditation Invitation was to continue to live in the flow of Love & allow the flow of JOY to light your way! This week’s Mindful Meditation Invitation is to practice Peace even & especially in the wake of  busy-ness! We also invite you to play & pray with us every day at New Thought Families; we have a daily Advent Affirmation Calendar full of family fun! Our regular, daily Play & Pray Calendar is Delight In Light!

Peaceful Light: Merry & Bright!


 There are many ways we nurture our Peace and besides our suggestions, linked above, we leave you here with this wonderful list from Saskia Davis, Symptoms Of Peace. Thank you Saskia!

SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE by  Saskia Davis
Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed;  and it is possible that people, everywhere,  could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now,  has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace
A tendency to think and act  spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
A loss of interest in judging other people
A loss of interest in judging self
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of   others
A loss of interest in conflict
A loss of  ability to worry
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
Contented feelings of connectedness with others  & nature
Frequent attacks of smiling
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
An increased susceptibility to love extended  by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it
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One thought on “Practicing Peace

  1. Thank you so much Laurie!!! Just beautiful and I’m forwarding it on to other family and friends! Love & Namaste, Keith

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