love and peaceful harmony

NATIVE AMERICAN

The True Peace

The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals.
The third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of human beings.

Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)

BUDDIST

The Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness. “Be kind & compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Chirst God forgave you.” EPHESIANS 4:32 Extending that olive branch is only difficult bc mankind can be prideful.

“Peaceful awareness (anjin) and grateful response (hosha)” indicate
that the six Chinese characters [that is, Namu-amida-butsu]
have encountered my heart.
This is called peaceful awareness
and grateful response.
Where then is faith (shinjin)
In peaceful awareness (anjin)
.
(Myokonin Saichi no Uta Vol.2, p.41)

The term anjin is often used synonymously with shinjin. What does Saichi mean by saying that faith (shinjin) is “in peaceful awareness (anjin)”? As I understand it, what he probably means is that the one is included in the other, given that anjin or peaceful awareness comes about at the moment of attaining faith and carries on to the very end of one’s life. In the sense that faith-experience brings about anjin, you can also say the former includes the latter. The words “peaceful awareness (anjin) and grateful response (hosha)” in this poem refer to the basic principles that govern daily life after the attainment of faith. The expression “the six Chinese characters have encountered my heart” indicates the attainment of faith itself..

What is meant by peaceful awareness in our tradition is
that even if something good comes forth you should not be pleased about it
and also that even if something bad comes forth you should not regret it.
Just be reverent and bow; just pay respect.

(Myokonin Saichi no Uta Vol.2, p.88)

WICCAN

What is Inner Peace?

Have you ever been perfectly content, even for a moment? That moment was what Inner Peace feels like.

Inner Peace is what you have when you believe that no matter what happens in life, it is happening for a reason. The reason is a good one, and everything will be better when you are done the current trial.

It is what gives you the courage to continue onward, even though you don’t know what is coming, because you have an intuitive sense that it is the right thing to do.

And it is the quiet joy you feel when you emerge from the other side of the situation and have learned the lesson that was designed for you, and you see how the pattern and logic to what you just endured.

And it is the gentle acceptance that there will shortly be another lesson to be learned through another trial, and it will be another opportunity for you to grow.

It is the serenity in the knowledge that whatever the state of the world, it is right where it needs to be right now.

DRUIDISM

Meditation: Inner Peace through Loving Kindness

May all beings of all kinds, in all directions, be happy and at peace.
Above and below, near and far, high and low.
All types of beings.
Humans and non-humans. Seen and unseen. May they be happy; may they be at peace.

I open my heart and receive loving kindness of all beings in return. I let that love into my heart.

– from this meditation


Above you see 5 different religious view points.  Funny how they all tell you the same thing.  Ever wonder why I laugh so much, why I seek things of beauty, and find beauty where none exists for most?  I have studied all five of these religions at length, and have found that for the most part seeking inner peace is what calms the soul.  Yet I am truly not a religious person, I don’t get to church of any kind on Sunday.  I instead choose to take a long walk on Sunday morning, just me, my thoughts, my hopes for those I love and those that cross my path and all the beauty that nature has to offer.  It is when I loose sight of that peace that my world seems to fall into shambles.  There is a lot to be learned from our elders.  The five religions above are Native American, Christian, Buddist,  Wiccan and Druidism.  All five tell that we have to accept our physical bodies, the fact that there is a soul inside, and that peace comes from having faith.  No, my body may not be perfect.  It really is though.  It is the one that best suits me.  There are always things that I can do to make it more pleasing to look at but as a whole this is me.  I accept it in any shape, any size, and in any clothes or make up.  There is a spirit inside that makes me alive, able to love, able to fear, and able to hate.  I choose which of these I let into my world.  In doing so I create the light that I shine out into the world.  I choose happiness, kindness, and love.  I choose to respect me, respect others, and to respect and accept those things that I don’t understand.  There is faith in my heart.  Faith in a higher power than myself.  I don’t care what name you give that power to have faith in it is what counts.  To have faith in myself to do what is right and what doesn’t hurt others.

There are three posts on my wall today…two of which I copied above.   The other two also having to do with Christianity and Faith.  All of which say the same thing….believe and create that light inside.  Love self, love others, love nature……try it sometime.

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learning of me.

What a wonderful month this has been….what growth what awesome things I have seen.  I didn’t think I liked this picture but the more I looked at it the more I love it because it is me.  I laugh alot and why shouldn’t I there is so much in this old world that makes you laugh.  I have learned as of late that I am still lovable.  That people are in my world by choice and that they see something there that makes them want to stick around.  That regardless of what I look like on the outside it is a whole package deal.  But that I have to let them see what is on the inside.  I have to let them in.  I have never had an issue with going to other peoples bubbles and letting them feel loved and wanted but walked away feeling alone.  Now that I can let people into mine, and know that they accept me just the way I am I have lost that lonely feeling.  What an awesome adventure it has been to learn to love, and to be loved again.

blessed….

What are you showing me, telling me right now?  What do you want me to see, to do, to gain?  This has been twice in less than a month that my guardian angels have been put to the test.  Have protected me and seen me through every test.  I know that I am living my life right, I know that I am where I am for a reason and I make the best of every day.  I know that the people that are coming into my life are awesome and are here for a reason.  But twice in less than a month?  I am listening.  I hear.  I thank you for showing me that there is reason to my life, reason for my life, reason to smile every day.  The car I drive is a piece of junk but it gets me from point A to point B every week, some days I wonder how.  I know that I travel many miles in a week and though I see many dangers, avoid many dangers and make it back to the house safe and sound I hear you.  I know that I asked if my life was on the right path, I know that I asked you for people in it to show me that I can be loved.  I have learned so much the last year, that I am lovable.  That I am worthy of love.  That all I had to do was to open my heart and let other people in.  I have done that.  I may still be a little leery at times that there is an alterior motive of people but on a whole I have learned to trust.   And I have been so blessed by doing so.    I have learned that it is my personality to be that very kind gentle soul that touches peoples lives with a gentle smile.  I have come to really like that personality, I love seeing people smile and laugh.  I throughly enjoy showing what love is.  So yeah I am listening….

the storms are beginning to rumble here but I am home safe and sound and we are so blessed that you answered the many many prayers for rain.   But what are you showing me?

The Golden Mean……

The Golden Mean or Middle Way

In philosophy, especially that of Aristotle, the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. For examplecourage, a virtue, if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness and if deficient as cowardice.

To the Greek mentality, it was an attribute of beauty. Both ancients and moderns realized that there is a close association in mathematics between beauty andtruth. The poet John Keats, in his Ode on a Grecian Urn, put it this way:

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

The Greeks believed there to be three ‘ingredients’ to beauty: symmetry, proportion, and harmony. This triad of principles infused their life. They were very much attuned to beauty as an object of love and something that was to be imitated and reproduced in their lives, architecture, Paideia and politics. They judged life by this mentality.

In Chinese philosophy, a similar concept, Doctrine of the Mean, was propounded by Confucius; Buddhist philosophy also includes the concept of the middle way.

Kristen brought this up again tonight, I had not thought of it in years.  She told me that right now I am in one extreme…door mat.  Got me to thinking which I hate when she does that!!  I have been a door mat for some time now.  Ask me to be there for you and I am.  She pointed out that what I was tired of is being that door mat. That I had been used by so many just by being such a nice person.  That what I have really been fighting for was an equalization of me, not me but a better more aggressive me.  I hate when she does me that way…..hits me in the head like a ton of bricks!!

In so many ways it is time to reach for the stars, reach for something that makes me happy.  I know I have responsibilities but I also have hopes and dreams.  Beauty is…..me and if you miss it, well your loss not mine.  It is time to run and play among what I see as beautiful.  To make my dreams reality!  

Searching for Beauty..

You have to search for beauty.  This is the bottom of the bridge over the Concho river on US 87.  Each and every person is in my life by choice, theirs and mine, and they add beauty to it in some way.  It has been a wonderful week, not saying perfect but very awesome!!  I am learning to write outside of my comfort zone, school is going well, and I laugh every day.  I have seen beauty, I have seen destruction, and I have seen love this week so it all balances out.

Time does heal, and I am learning to let it go and move on with life.  I am slowly returning to that very confident business woman that knows where and how to get where I want to go.  In doing so, I that image in the mirror is coming into focus more and more.  I will always have a very soft touch, a very soft voice and a very big baseball bat!!  Life is wonderful and I am loving it more and more everyday!!!  So I search for the beauty in my life, put away the negative and I am very definitely learning to tell people just what I think.  Feels really good!!

all in a days hours….

Some days seem all up stairs…I was asked to day if I got anything accomplished or if I did anything today.  I thought about it and said not really anything out of the ordinary.  Later on I got to thinking…what did I get done today……..I

did a tune up on the riding lawn mower

took the tire off the rider and went and had it fixed

charged the battery on the Kaboda

cleaned the kitchen

swept and mopped the house

did laundry

changed linens

cleaned 5 bedrooms

cleaned 5 bathrooms

sent emails

finished up my financial aid filing

worked on homework

walked two miles

gave dad and I a pedicure (dad said no polish)

cooked breakfast, lunch and soon will cook supper

played with the dogs some

cleaned out my car

did paper work for John—seems he forgot how to read and write

played on facebook some

and answered the phone

cut out a new outfit and put the hem in my sundress

went to the grocery store

Nope nothing out of the ordinary just a day.  I will finish folding clothes, cook supper, go to the convenience store for dad a cold coke and lotto numbers  and probably go and mow for awhile then come in take a shower and continue with my homework.  I will get up at 4:30 in the morning cook breakfast for dad and I, clean the kitchen, dress and drive 97 miles to class, go to class all day and come home and fix supper and clean kitchen then work on homework again.  And on Thursday you can add going into Brownwood to the pharmacy for daddy, to the big grocery store and probably Wal-Mart.  If I get a chance I might get to meet up with Kristen for a quick visit.   I assure you dear sweet friend that I am as lazy as you might think I am.  Or maybe we just have a different view on things that are “responsible” cause I am pretty sure that you didn’t do that much today and next time you want to know,  comment on my post not in a private message cause I am an open book any more and I will answer you there.  Thanks!

Little knee time needed.

Thought for the Day: “Many of us are always the ones that seem to need to be strong for everyone else. We are the providers, the caregivers, the listeners, the mothers, the fathers, the protectors, the “go-to” people… And when the day is done who do we have to turn to to be the strong one for us? God… He is always waiting to give us His shoulder to lean on.” Have a great day today everyone! – Elmer Laydon

 

Some days you forget to put it in his hands, to have the faith that when you step off that cliff that one of two things is going to happen….he is either going to catch you or teach you to fly.  Today I received two different posts that helped me to remember to hit my knees instead of banging my head against the wall.  My sister posted an incredible song by Casting Crowns and I found another when I went to Youtube to check out the one she posted.  Then this post by Elmer Laydon and I knew in my heart that it was time to find my knees and give it all to him and let God work it all out again.  Sure am glad that he doesn’t get tired of me giving it to him!!!  For when I do I learn to laugh again and smile again!!