POETRY

As I Walk with Beauty

~ Traditional Navajo Prayer

As I walk, as I walk.

The universe is walking with me.

In beauty it walks before me.

In beauty it walks behind me.

In beauty it walks below me.

In beauty it walks above me.

Beauty is on every side.

Symptoms of Inner Peace

~ Saskia Davis

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace.

The hearts of a great many have already been

exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people

everywhere could come down with it in epidemic

proportions. This could pose a serious threat to

what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition

of conflict in the world.

Some signs and smptoms 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 the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

  • Contended feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

  • Frequent attacks of smiling.

  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than

       make them happen.

  • An increased susceptiblitiy to the love extended by

       others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.​

Warning:

If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised

that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to 

not be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these

symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.

It is Possible to Live in Peace

Mohandas K Gandhi

If someone with courage and vision can rise to Lead in nonviolent action,

the winter of despair can, in the twinkling of an eye, be turned into the 

summer of hope.

It is possible to live in peace.

Nonviolence is not a garment to put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it

must be an inseparable part of our being.

It is possible to live in peace.

Nonviolence, which is a quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.

It is a plant of slow growth, growing imperceptibly, yet surely.

It is possible to live in peace.

If a single person achieves the highest kind of Love it will be sufficient to 

neutralize the hate of millions.

It is possible to live in peace.

The future depends on what we do in the present.

It is possible to live in peace.

I Experience Inner Peace When

~ Southern Maryland Meditation Community

September 4, 2018

I experience inner peace when....

 

     I arrange flowers

     I play music

     I improvise on my recorder

     I walk my dog at dawn

     I walk in the woods

     Floating in the water    

     I watch ocean waves

     I meet someone new

     I am outside in the dark in front of a fire

     I am hiking

     I have an ice cream cone on a hot summer day

     I receive Holy Communion

     I hear the first cry of a newborn  baby

     Someone in my family smiles

     I am with animals

     I am in my own company

     Walking on the beach with my grandson

     I sit in the garden first thing in the morning with a perfect cup of coffee

     I include and  allow everything and it doesn't matter where

     I kiss my wife 

     When my granddaughter smiles at me

     I see my sons enjoy each others' company

     I am cooking

     I am having lunch with my friends

     I see sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay

     ….AND ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!

 

                                                                   

The Sun Never Says

~ Hafiz

Even after all this time,

The sun never says to the earth,

"You owe Me."

Look what happens with 

A love like that,

it lights the Whole Sky.

Why I Wake Early

~ Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face.

Hello, you who made the morning

and spread it over the fields

and into the faces of the tulips

and the nodding morning glories,

and into the windows of, even, the 

miserable and the crotchety -

best preacher that ever was,

dear star, that just happens

to be where you are in the universe

to keep us from ever-darkness,

to ease us with warm touching,

to hold us in the great hands of light - 

good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day

in happiness, in kindness.

Clearing

~ Martha Postlewaite


Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
patiently,
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.

 

 

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