Celebrate Easter: Choose Peace
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
* Marcus Aurelius
We can have inner peace if we decide to be 100% responsible for what we think about what we
see. What meaning do we give to the happenings in our lives? We can “choose” to see things as an
attack or a call for understanding and compassion. If we feel threatened we think we need to make
a response. Even when we belong to the same organizations we don’t always agree. But we can
have differences of opinions and still be kind. We have a split mind so we have a choice to either
listen to the ego part or the right mind of peace. Choose peace as your way of thinking, even
if you disagree. The ego mind feeds on disagreement, separation and always looks for differences.
Choose to think about everyone as being an equal. We see the split mind clearly in Aurelius’
“way if thinking” and we have a powerful mind that can choose.
Take a few minutes each day and watch your thoughts. You will see the busy ego mind, but
DO NOT judge, just watch, observe, objectively and become aware of the thoughts.
Who is watching the thoughts? YOU ARE the stillness behind the thoughts. That stillness,
in the right mind is the stately calm within; it is who you are as Spirit, as Love. If you have
a thought you would NOT share with everyone – it is not from the right mind of Spirit.
When the ego mind is “observed” in this way you are beginning to, as Wm. Shakespeare said
“Know Thy Self.” Listen to the Love in your right mind and it will guide you and you will
do and say the right thing in every situation.
Be the joy you want to see in your world. Smile and you will be smiled upon. And you never know,
but your smile could have a profound effect on someone who is suffering, silently. Exclude
no one from your Love. Love never compares or condemns and it brings equanimity to all.
Enjoy spring, nature is awakening around us! Celebrate Easter and the end of death.
Resolve to live in your loving right mind and gradually the ego will diminish.
Choosing the peace within; makes us happy.
Sally McKirgan facilitates the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace column.
Rogue Valley residents are invited to Send 600 to 700 word inner peace articles for the Tidings column
* Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, is considered an important Stoic philosopher. His Stoic Tome, Meditations, written in Greek, described how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
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