Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Inspiration from the Daily Om: An Inner Choice
I've written about this topic many times, but today I need a gentle reminder. Yesterday "someone" tried to shake my peaceful world with her hatefulness, attempted to hurt me for no other reason than she herself is wounded and lashing out. Be assured, dear readers, that this woman is no friend of mine and once a certain divorce is final she will no longer be a part of my life, or my children's. Thank the goddess for that. After the initial shock and anger wore off, I calmed down and realized how little her actions truly impacted my life. I didn't retaliate or even respond, knowing that would only add fuel to her raging fire.
I was meeting Beren in Naples for a little business/road trip (more about that later) so I had a nice long drive to ponder the situation, and to get a grip on myself. By the time I'd arrived I was only slightly annoyed and almost amused that this woman is trying so very hard to destroy me, yet she has absolutely no power so is in fact spinning her wheels. Today I just feel sorry for her, and hope that she herself can find a sense of peace in her own life. To her I say, I forgive you. Go in peace.
June 27, 2007
An Inner Choice
Often we look at the outside world and find it in a state of seeming chaos or disorder. We feel compelled to transform the situation from one of turmoil into one of peace, yet we are often disappointed in our best attempts to do so. One reason for this is that we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer. Peace starts in our own minds and hearts, not outside of ourselves, and until its roots are firmly entrenched in our own selves, we cannot manifest it externally. Once we have found it within, we can share it with our family, our community, and the whole wide world. Some of us may already be doing just that, but for most of us, the first step is looking within and honestly evaluating the state of our own relationship to peacefulness.
Interestingly, people who manifest peace internally are not different from us; they have chattering thoughts and troubled emotions like we all do. The difference is that they do not lend their energy to them, so those thoughts and feelings can simply rise and fall like the waves of the ocean without disturbing the deeper waters of peacefulness within. We all have this ability to choose how we distribute our energy, and practice enables us to grow increasingly more serene as we choose the vibration of peace over the vibration of conflict. We begin to see our thoughts and feelings as tiny objects on the surface of our being that pose no threat to the deep interior stillness that is the source of peacefulness.
When we find that we are able to locate ourselves more and more in the deeper waters and less on the tumultuous surface of our being, we have discovered a lasting relationship with peace that will enable us to inspire peace beyond ourselves. Until then, we help the world most by practicing the art of choosing peace within.