God’s sigh: the breath of peace

God’s sigh: the breath of peace – by Joyce Graham

 “We hold our breath in amazement, in dread, in love.  We hold it, or perhaps, breath holds us, upon first gaze of a newborn, upon the soft light of August, upon a whisper that stills the mind.  Such divine, awe-inspiring moments when humanity merges with divinity, where not even a solitary breath can sustain such splendor.”

“Breath cannot be held, any more than a cloud, a child, a thought. Fleeting, ethereal, holy.  Breath can only be cherished, then released, like all life-sustaining favors.  Each moment made new by the power of a silent prayer, a single inhale, exhale, back into life.”

The above is excerpted from the Saturday, May 16th, Ashland Daily Tidings  Inner Peace Column

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An Open Mind is Inner Peace

Open Mindedness is Peace

An open mind is a peaceful mind.

A peaceful mind withholds judgment.

Judgment always separates. 

In this world where judgment seems to rule

Choose to be judgment free

We do not really know, so how can we judge?

When a judgment darkens your mind just

Notice it and say “But my mind is a judgment free Zone.”

Nothing more than that is needed to open your mind

once more!  Refuse guilt or self condemnation!

Repeat it again if you need to and be at peace.



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Inspiration is the Oxygen of our Survival

Inspiration is the Oxygen of our Survival by Will Wilkinson

Mothers Day gets more commercial every year. But some of us remember our Big Mother, the earth, and take time to appreciate Her. In this digital world, where geography no longer determines nearness, so many of us suffer from chronic disconnection, from nature for sure but also from each other, from any tangible experience of “spirit” and even with ourselves.

We need inspiration. We need it as part of our daily diet. Otherwise, it’s too easy to get overwhelmed by the bad news. Where to look? Nature’s the best bet and the most accessible. She’s also free.

Talking a walk in Lithia Park… what a tonic! No time for that? Get up from the desk, stretch, go outside in bare feet and walk on the grass for two minutes.

Nature is always here and that’s where peace lives. Let’s enjoy her and make every day Mothers Day.

Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign.



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Change Happens – only Love is Constant

Things change in this world of form.  Now we are in the beautiful Season

of Spring.  The beautiful new green of the trees, flowers, tulips, lilac’s and

more bless our vision with color and scents.

But they will fade and summer will come and then……and on and on.

When we accept that change happens and give appreciation to whatever

it was that changed and not grieve or get angry or become distracted with the

“if only” we then are accepting and letting go.  Appreciation brings love.

Love remains constant in our hearts even when change moves us along

the road to another happening….or experience and another…and another.

Love is changeless and it is what remains even when change happens

and we know it will.




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Get off the Guilt Wagon!

You know that song  or phrase “Get on the Band Wagon!” -

Well, using that much enthusiasm say:  “I am off the Guilt Wagon!

I do not accept guilt as a way of life any longer!

Guilt does not guide me through the labyrinth of life – love does.”

Yahoo!  When a guilt thought drifts into your consciousness just say “No!”

No more!  Guilt is the ego’s way of keeping us trapped in misery!

Don’t listen to it!  Find the peace that dwells only within by

letting the ego gently go!

It is just a thought and a thought that you do not have to believe!

Enjoy Everyday!

Forgiveness dissolves Guilt!   Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness -

Workbook Lesson 121 – www.acim.org


Sally McKirgan lives in Ashland and facilitates the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace Column Rogue Valley residents are invited to send 600 to 700 word inner peace articles to innerpeaceforyou@live.com  Articles are published in the Tidings every Saturday.  Share your inner peace wisdom – you never know where it will land or whom may be helped in some small or big way.

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For A Peaceful Relationship

To get to more depth and to have a peaceful relationship, we (my wife and I) are choosing to

be more, in what many spiritual sages call vertical time.

Simply put, this means living in alignment with conscious presence or peace. 

Therefore, the most important question is how to actually live or be in this

vertical (conscious presence-peacefulness) rather than be sucked down into

the egoic horizontal time.


To find out more, read the entire article in the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace Column: Creating Peaceful Relationships


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Giving is Receiving

Giving and Receiving are the same!

When we give things away, like a gift, it is gone.  It is in the hands of another.

We may never see it again but hopefully the receiver will like it.  Yes the “gift”

represents something and it may be appreciated but could it be, giving to get?

Perhaps you at some point may expect something in return?  Are you owed anything?

However, when we give love away, it is in the heart of another but  it

is our heart as well.   You cannot give LOVE away and yet not HAVE it. 

Maybe the other person does not recognize it or appreciate  it. 

That is OK.  You did, because when you give love you receive love.

Giving love, you still have it in your mind.  You can give away as much as  

you want AND you will not run out.   

Giving love away does not cost you anything.  It can be a thought – just a sweet thought

like ” I love sweet Kelsey.”  I think on some level of the Mind Kelsey will

receive it, but in the giving, I also am the recipient,  holding it in my heart.

How do I know that she is not thinking of me right now? 

I can give a smile away to someone in Fred Meyer or everywhere and anywhere I go. 

That is love, accepting and noticing.  The smile coming from my heart and mind I also receive

the benefits even if it is not returned.   It may not be, and that will not be judged. 

Giving is Receiving!  Give Love away, it doesn’t cost a thing.  Giving judgment away, does.

Sally McKirgan, www.innerpeaceforyou.me 

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Judgment and Misery

Does it seems strange to think that a judgment would make you miserable?

For example:  A friend is beautiful, slim, well groomed and smart!

How do you feel?  Do you feel like a mongrel dog?

Do you feel superior or even better?

When we make comparisons how does it feel? Separate, alone, miserable?

Another example:  A friend is very ill and  the sickness is worsening.

How do you feel?  Do you feel glad it is not you?

Do you feel sorry your friend is so sick?’

Either way, the judgment makes you feel separate and separation is misery.

Forget judgment!  See them and everyone the way you want to see yourself:

Calm;  whole, relaxed and peaceful!

Ego judgment separates us from others.  Its purpose is to compare and

separate us  no matter what the circumstances or situation.

This is the basis for disputes – escalation and even why wars happen!

Be Free!  Curtail or better yet STOP all judgment.

Just Accept and Love….choose peace!

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What is Peace?

WHAT IS PEACE?   By Ed Hirsch

To discover what peace is, it is helpful to see what peace is not. For example, peace is not merely the absence of war or conflict.

Essential Peace is a Presence or Essential Quality of Soul. Suppose you strike a gong, letting its vibration permeate your body and energy field, and follow the sound into silence. Ordinarily, silence might seem to be simply the absence of sound, but if you stay with it, you can discover it as a Presence, which can permeate your field even more deeply than the sound.

Peace is also not merely the avoidance of conflict. A peaceful relationship is not one in which there is an implicit agreement to avoid conflict. Such a relationship would be based on fear—the fear that conflict would diminish or destroy the relationship or the peace.

The same applies to inner Peace, to your relationship with yourself. If your peace is based on a more or less unconscious avoidance of conflict, then you are not so much wanting peace as you are wanting to avoid conflict. The implied belief is that facing conflict would undermine your peace. The belief has a good intention, to maintain at least the peace that you do have. But without being examined, that belief remains intact and limits your peace.

What are you avoiding to maintain your peace? Real peace will only be found on the other side of what is being avoided. Yes, Peace is Here and Now, directly, but it becomes grounded in your being by bringing open, welcoming, non-resisting attention to what would otherwise be avoided. Then the Peace can shine through.

The Peace that is just a temporary state is vulnerable to being disrupted by distractions or conflicts. But Essential Peace is your True Nature, inherent, already the case, rather than something to attain or fabricate by your efforts.

It is like the Silence that is recognized to be ongoing, within which the sound arises. Sounds do not interrupt such Silence. So too is the Peace of Consciousness that is the very foundation of the restless mind, the Space in which thoughts arise. It is your very Being which can get layered over with limiting conditionings, roles, identifications, but which in itself is untouched and at Peace.

 Establish yourself in and as that Peace, and let it express itself through your life.

Ed Hirsch resides in Ashland – contact him at: presenceofone@yahoo.com


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Change Your Thoughts – Change Channels

Changing Your Thoughts is Changing Channels

We live in a dualistic world.  There is good and bad; hot and cold; short and tall and the list goes on. We also have a dualist mind that contains two thought systems:  the voice of the ego or the voice of truth and of peace. 

Watch your thoughts and you will figure out which voice you listen to.

The bad news is that the ego is the default system that is always running.  

The good news is that you are the one in charge of changing channels.

You are listening to the ego’s thoughts when judgmental of someone or yourself.  Worried or fearful thoughts of guilt or envy are certainly egoic thoughts.  However, they are just thoughts.  You don’t have to believe them, they are not true.  Ask yourself:  How do I feel?    

For example one night I woke up worried about a planned trip.   I could see my mind was going crazy with various scenarios and worry.  However, I was worried about something that was in the future.  I was projecting fear into the future.  The ego went crazy building the case that I was going to miss my plane, or get air sick or stuck in bad weather, etc.   I finally realized what was happening and changed channels.  I repeated my favorite mind calming phrase and went to sleep.   

Choosing peace is a practice in changing channels.    

This example shows that there is a part of the mind that is separate from the ego.  It is the decision maker within that chooses when you are aware enough to realize you are not at peace.  If you ask yourself “How do I feel?”   If not peaceful then it is up to you to change your thoughts.

The above is inspired by the spiritual/psychological book, A Course In Miracles,

Lesson #106. Let me be still and listen to the truth.

“If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.”  www.acim.org


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