Quieting the Mind by Lucie K. Scheuer

Quieting the Mind produces peace 

by   Lucie K. Scheuer

I recently completed a 21-day, guided meditation provided by Deepak Chopra and the Oprah network. As I opened my eyes on the last day, I felt empty, almost let down. I asked myself: “why?” The answer came very quickly. It was the first time, in a long time, I had allowed myself to really relax and let go. I actually had set aside half an hour each day to just be quiet and listen.

It wasn’t easy at the start. Thoughts would swirl up like a swarm of bees. I had to gently brush them away.

It wasn’t until ten minutes or so into it – that I could feel the tightening in my arms and legs begin to give way.  As I followed my breath, I noticed it became more regular. As the air flowed in and out, I began to realize how out of sync I had been with my own existence. Eventually I jump-started the practice on my own, and it has recharged my life.

We are bombarded on a daily basis, by sounds, requests, demands, obligations and news. These ever-present stimuli can be extremely stress-producing. It is easy – not only to become distracted, but to become used to the negative feelings all this bombardment produces. Adrenaline and cortisol begin to run our lives. Stress becomes less of a motivator and more of a curse.

With these daily meditations I realized, I was barely getting things done; while playing catch up all the time.  It was like sitting at a red light with my internal engine in overdrive. I knew if I continued in this manner, I would eventually burn out.

I think sometimes we forget that stress is an energy created from many sources: our thoughts, our assumptions, our environment, the weight of our responsibilities and our relationships.  If we don’t take the time to occasionally examine these sources, we run the risk of becoming addicted to the stress they create, or worse, losing ourselves and a sense of purpose.

Ask yourself, “Do I have a safe place in my home to unwind? Do I take time during the workday to unplug from the noise and hectic schedule? Am I able to say “no?” Are my expectations of myself and others causing me to feel a constant sense of disappointment and/or frustration? Have I lost interest in things that I love or that used to matter?” Your answers should tell you a lot about what you need to do next.

Years ago, my husband, formerly a photo-journalist, decided to take up landscape painting. With his photographer’s eye it wasn’t long before he was sharing his views of the Ashland rolling foothills in beiges, browns, violets and greens. My favorite still hangs in our bedroom.  It is a simple painting off Eagle Mill Road looking towards Mt. Ashland.  At the base of the painting sits a familiar octagonal sign. It reads STOP – sending a bright red message with a sense of urgency. And then you see the hills rising above the sign and suddenly – there you are – in the present.

Find your now; it is in the afternoon pauses; the short walks; music in the headphones; a half-hour comedy; maybe dinner with good friends.  Don’t forget to play. Run with the dog.  Play hide and seek with the cat. Read to your children. Make S’mores. And on a daily basis, don’t forget to put the work away and if you can, learn how to meditate.

As the mountains reach up into the clouds gathering water from the sky to send

down to the lakes and rivers

to flow into streams

bringing renewal

thank the mountains and the heavens

thank the clouds for their benevolence

earth molds and forms according to the laws of the universe

as do we

Lucie K. Scheuer is a Writer, Substance Abuse Counselor, and owns a consulting business to nonprofits in the Rogue Valley, “Silver Lining Solutions.” Contact her at:  lucieintheskye@msn.com

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On Prayer by Dan Fischer


On Prayer  by Dan Fischer


Here are four possibilities:

1) there is no god, no spirit, just a mechanistic universe that is open to scientific thought.

2) There is a benevolent god who takes an interest in what we do and think .

3) There is a god who created everything and let it go and is disinterested in us. And,

4) there is a malevolent god who toys with us and gives us suffering.

One and three are easy to deal with. If there is no god, or a god who set the universe in motion and is no longer involved, our prayers are not heard.  That does not mean that prayers are of no value.  Prayer helps us get clear about what we want.  A clear “want list” is helpful for personal happiness. Without it there is a general malaise, a feeling that things just aren’t right. Prayer can help to crystallize one’s thinking. Prayer can help us to see what we want and how to get there.  And prayer can help us see that what we want is out of our reach and if we need to find a way to deal with the loss. In these ways prayer is of value even to the atheist. 

If there is a malevolent god who toys with us, our prayers aren’t going to be answered. Personally I don’t believe in the possibility of this type of god.  It makes no sense to me that someone powerful enough to create the universe would want to interfere with the creatures in it. There is order in the universe.  If it was created, it doesn’t make sense that the order of the stars and galaxies would remain but the personal lives of intelligent beings would be tampered with in a malevolent way.

Now let’s suppose there is a benevolent god who created the universe and everything in it.  . . . In catholic school I was taught that God is perfect, that God loves me, that God watched over me, that God cares about me, that God takes care of me. This is the God that I choose to believe in.

We love our kids. We try to do what is best for them. We give them food and shelter. We send them to the best schools we can afford. We take them to the doctor, not only when they are sick, but when we think they need a checkup or a shot.. We love them and we treat them as if we love them. We grant them some of their wishes and deny others. We try to anticipate their needs and desires and grant them before they even know them.

If god is all wise and God loves us, wouldn’t God give us what we need or want before we even know we need or want it? Wouldn’t God allow pain if it was in our long term interest like we allow the doctor to give our kids shots?  God allows our pain for reasons we do not understand. If we really believe in God’s greatness and caring should we not be grateful for all we have, both the joyful and the painful?  My cancer may be God’s equivalent of my kid’s flu shot.  Cancer may be just what I need, even if it kills my body.  If I believe in a caring personal, loving God I must accept what happens to me as God’s will. God being perfect and all knowing and caring and loving, what is happening to me must be good and right even if I don’t understand.  Whatever I’m given is given with love. I should be grateful. I should pray “Thank You!”

 I do not understand poverty, disease, war, child suffering or other unpleasant things that happen to people. But if I have faith in a loving God I must accept things as they are. If I am inspired by a loving God I must do good as I see it. So I contribute to alleviating suffering to whatever extent I can.

So, the only two prayers that are appropriate are “Thank you.” and “Thy will be done.”

Praying for God to be different or to act different or to give me something else is fruitless. It is even arrogant. God is perfect, I am not. What right have I to ask God to change?


Dan Fischer lives in Ashland. He occasionally teaches at OLLI at SOU. His blog is www.danielcfischer.com or google “The Crazy Mud Caper.” —–

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Imagine by Jim Hatton


Thank You John Lennon for the Inspiration


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And you will be free


 Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will be no Judgement


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will no Punishment


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will be no Heaven or Hell


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will no need to Worship


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there be no religion


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will be nothing to kill or die for


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will be no need for greed or hunger


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will be no need for countries or borders


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And there will be no possessions


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And that will be the reward itself.


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And you will live in the Now


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And you will start to see the Divine in all.


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And you will live in Joy


Imagine a God who loves all unconditionally…

            And you will see God see Itself in you


 Imagine a God who loves you unconditionally…

            And you will find Peace


God loves you unconditionally……



In Love and Peace,


Jim Hatton 


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Joy is Infectious – by Victoria Leo

Joy is Infectious, Part I  - By Victoria Leo

 What do you think is the most popular category for re-pins on Pinterest and for responses and shares on Facebook?  Inspirational sayings, right?  Part of it is a reflection of economic realities.  Having economic fears and anxieties simply means that you’re aware and paying attention. Our health is a legitimate concern as well.  For the first time in history, life expectancy and overall health measures of adult Americans are declining.  [If none of these categories apply to you, have compassion and generosity for the rest of us.]

In a reality where glib “don’t worry; be happy” platitudes are lacking in wisdom as well as empathy, how can someone like me insist that Happiness is the goal of ALL of my programs? 

The first reason is physical health.  Anxiety and worry depresses your immune system, raises your blood pressure (which damages kidneys and arteries and leads to premature death and an end to sexual function), and wrecks your skin. 

The second is that joy is infectious.  All your other problems start easing, when you approach other people with a glow.  You can talk your bankers into outrageous rule-changes, you can encourage discounts and more-time-to-pay from nearly everyone, you can blind hiring managers to your flaws and weaknesses, and you can convince everyone else to have hope for their future as well.  You can even have the faith to commit to healing of long-festering problems if your expectation for your future changes.  One caveat:  Don’t allow a preference for a positive twist on your situation to morph into suppressing your first duty to tell yourself and others the truth about your life.  But joy can be part of Truth, too.

Carve out time in your day, every day, for joy.  Joy is your natural state when you are fully present in your body, in your reality.  So –

  • Stop rushing from place to place, so you have time to breathe deeply and look up at the clear blue sky or the new daffodils or the cute dog walking your neighbor.
  • Have less things on your to-do list, if you have to, but make time for Reiki, tapping (EFT), yoga and meditation.
  • Give yourself time to breathe and be still, accomplishing nothing tangible, unless you count better physical health, sharper thinking and – joy.   As one of my Pinterest pins reminds me, “It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”

And make time, at least once a week, to be creative. 

  • Build something.  Go to a craft shop, just walk around and when something catches your heart, don’t talk yourself out of it, second-guess or shame yourself.  Buy it. Take it home.  Try it out.  When you let go of the desire to “do a good job,” and get others’ approval, not only do you create great art – because “great art” is anything that is an authentic reflection of your feelings and your vision – but you will feel such an intense upwelling of pure joy, it will take your breath away.  Keep going into mindfulness, to keep the critical voices at bay.  It is the PROCESS of the creation that reduces stress, gives you new insights into your life and makes you bubble with joy.
  • Learn a new skill.  There are hundreds of tactile skills like crochet.  Sign up on www.Coursera.org  for free online courses,  the local SOU OLLI, or another learning site.  When you are learning, your pre-frontal cortex lights up, and when it lights up, so do your joy circuits.  And your Pride in Yourself circuits.  You deserve to feel that good. People like the Dalai Lama, who encourage you to seek joy in the midst of your troubles (while also having compassion for your legitimate pain and difficulty), are your true North Star if you want a life that soars.

Next week – Joy Part II

Bio: Victoria Leo offers both science-based and spiritual solutions that really work! Visit www.soaringdragon.biz and choose the program that will transform your life.  You deserve to soar with dragons! Victoria’s Facebook group Healing Minds, Healing Bodies welcomes you, as does her blog SoaringDragoninJapan.blogspot.com. You can find her books on Amazon or at Bloomsbury Books.


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Prayer and Action by Jim Hatton

Prayer and Action by Jim Hatton


As we see and experience yet another large scale act of violence in the world, the question we all ask is “What can I/we do to help promote Peace and spread Love?”


Spiritual leaders will always say “Pray for Peace”.  Indeed, this is necessary to change the consciousness of our world so that we may all get along and express our power to manifest in more creative and productive ways.  Another powerful tool to change consciousness is visualization. 


Shifting consciousness, first in ourselves and the world, is always first and foremost to call forth a different experience.  Nothing changes until consciousness changes.


As we practice our affirmative prayer, meditation, visualization, etc. to shift our own consciousness, we are often motivated to take some sort of action.   But what sort of action will be in alignment with Spiritual Principles. Let’s keep in mind that the Law of Attraction is inclusive rather than exclusive.  So any intention or action against something will bring more of the very thing we don’t want. Examples:  Anti-War, hatred, condemnation, more laws to prohibit certain actions, etc.  All are against the very things we want and the Law of Attraction will bring us more of the same.


So to effect the change we desire, we must turn our attention, intention, and inspired action to what we want.  In light of recent events such actions may include:


  • Express acts of inclusion to any minority or group of people who may be experiencing oppression. (racial, sexual, religious minorities)
  • Performing unexpected acts of kindness to someone.
  • Giving unexpected gifts to someone new; a flower, a smile, food, even money or donations.
  • Giving a hug.
  • Telling someone that you love them, or telling someone that they are loved.


If we all set our intention to do one at least one act of love today, to people we know and to people who we are may not close to, our intentions will spread and our prayers will be answered.


“We must become the very thing we want to experience”


So today, I will do my prayer work, I will intend to change my consciousness, and then allow myself to be inspired to express Love to people I met today.  I invite you to do the same.



In Love and Peace,


Jim Hatton 


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Navigating Alzheimers by Herb Long

On Navigating Life’s Journey with Alzheimers by Herb Long

Hearing the Alzheimer’s diagnosis was a shock – one I’m still trying to assimilate.  It’s like living under the sword of Damocles, not knowing how long it will be before, or when my memory will fade away. And it’s not just a matter of fading memory, making plans for anything has also become difficult and anxiety evoking.  Biologically this refers to the brain’s executive function and mine seems to be increasingly out to lunch! 

For example getting ready for a trip to Portland I needed the encouragement of my partner, Marcia, to relax and not worry so much – get on with the packing already.  Trying to write this is also accompanied by anxiety.  I’m writing it because I hope I can at least give an account of what’s happening. And in the moment, tears are close to the surface. They’re tears expressing regret, fear, and loss – all of which, for me, accompany the diagnosis. And worst of all, I’m concerned for the wellbeing of Marcia when the last thing I want to do is put her in the role of care-giver.

The first issue I have to address is the simple acceptance of the fact that I have a disease that’s neither curable nor reversible. I’m taking a medication that may slow its progress but there’s no guarantee that will actually happen. It’s not easy to accept something that seems so out of control that anything I think or do has little chance of making much of a difference.

Thinking about acceptance is also anger-evoking – it pisses me off that I have to address the multitude of issues arising as a result of having Alzheimers. Then there’s the stigma around it and the question whether or not to be “out” with it.  At least I’ve answered this question for myself and the fact that I’m actually writing this is my attempt to open a dialogue about the implications of living with this damn disease. There’s also the part of me that asks whether there’s a gift element in having Alzheimer’s.

To begin with, I have a deep awareness that I live in the midst of mystery – that mystery is actually the context out of which I’m living my life.  So, for example, I can go to considerable length in describing something – an object, a person or an event. But if driven to say what anything “IS”, I immediately encounter mystery. Still, it’s also been my experience that the very essence of mystery itself is love – that everything is connected, that we are part of an evolutionary process whose ultimate end is a continual unfolding and manifesting of the Beloved.  And Alzheimer’s? It’s a letting go into mystery, into love, into friendship.  Those moments when I can let go are sheer gift, an opening into a fuller, richer and ever deepening life.

  Herb holds a BA from Stanford, a B.D. from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a Th.D. from Harvard University and is a Diplomate in Process Oriented Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland and Portland, OR. He has served as: Dean of Students and Peabody Lecturer in Theology at Harvard University Divinity School; Associate Professor of Religion, U. of Hawaii; Senior Fellow, East West Center, Honolulu; Vice President, Labo International Exchange Foundation, Tokyo, Japan; co-founder, faculty member and chairman of the Board, Process Work Institute, Portland, OR; faculty member, Marylhurst University; and Process Work therapist in private practice. Herb moved to Ashland in 2008 and is now semi-retired.

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God In the Thunder by Shirley Patton

God in the Thunder by Shirley Patton

 Twenty years ago my husband Bill, my mother and I were on vacation in Kauai.  We had visited Princeville before and were always delighted with this small, beautiful island town.  We loved the softness of the air, the scent of tropical flowers, the foliage, the beauty of the people, the cliffs and of course the sea.

 One afternoon while Mother was engrossed in her novel, Bill and I decided to go swim in Hanalei Bay.  We’d been swimming laps for years, five days a week, at the college pool. Vacations, however, gave us a change of scene.  Swimming in the surf was fun!

 It was overcast that day and windy.  It looked like rain, but it was warm.  Who cares if it rains when you’re going swimming?  You’ll be wet anyway!

 After we got to the Bay and found some rocks to hold down our towels, we noticed we had the beach to ourselves.  Thinking nothing of it, we rushed toward the water and dove in and started swimming parallel to the shore.  I’d go a certain distance and then turn around and go in the other direction.  The water was choppy and as I stood to adjust my goggles, I heard Bill call, “Come back!” in that sharp tone reserved for times he didn’t think I was taking care of myself.  I began to swim back to him, but in a few strokes I realized I was making no forward progress.  “Come back!” he yelled again.  Couldn’t he see that’s exactly what I was trying to do?  But I was being pulled out further and  further.  My feet couldn’t find the sand.  I think I called “Get help!” but it may have been only a thought, for by then I was struggling to find times to breathe amidst the churning waves.  I kept trying to go toward the shore but quickly tired.  I knew I didn’t have the strength to succeed.

 My efforts were useless.  I would have to surrender to the strength of the sea.  My best bet was to float for as long as I could.   I turned onto my back, grabbing quick bits of breath when I could.   And I thought how easy it would be to be a brief notice in the Garden Island newspaper: “Tourist drowns off Hanalei Bay.”  No.  Make that “Stupid, Non-Observant Tourist drowns off Hanalei Bay.”  Out there, buffeted by the waves, trying to relax and conserve my energy, I thought of the people who mean so much to me and how deeply I would miss them and the lives we shared.

 About this time I felt a warm contact against my side.  I flipped over and it wasn’t a dolphin.  It was Bill.  He had our little boogie board and pushed it toward me as he shouted,  “Hang on!”  I started to cry.  “I can’t kick,” I gulped. “Just hang on,” he repeated over the noise of the churning water.  Then a large wave swelled beneath us.  Buoyed up we were rushing to the shore on its crest.  The wave retreated and we were left on the sand.  Weak in the knees, we couldn’t stand up.  We crawled up the beach to where our towels lay under those solid rocks.  We held each other and cried in the rain on the empty beach.

 God was there.  God is always there.  And here.  If the story hadn’t had a happy ending God would still have been there.  Welcoming me, a foolish woman who didn’t realize there was something wrong with the picture of a popular beach with no people, no life-guards.  God would also have been there to comfort those who would miss me.

 I believe it was my sense of God that kept me from panicking in the surf.  I was in trouble, lacking strength and skills, but my assessment was calm in a turbulent place. I think it was God who told me to float, to stop the struggle and rest on the sea.  And when I did, my salvation came that day in the person of Bill.

 And when I asked him, “Why didn’t you go for help?”  He answered “I’d never leave you.”  And that’s an echo of Jesus, isn’t it?  “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:10)

 This experience sharpened how I look at nature.  I have a keen respect for the oceans of the world, and earth’s lakes, and rivers—particularly in times of high water.  I realize that large rocks may dislodge and come plummeting down into fields or onto highways, sink holes may open up and avalanches cascade down mountainsides.  Volcanoes send molten lava down their slopes or high into the air. There is an awesome beauty to these acts of nature and an implicit danger as well—-a danger present equally to the just and the unjust.

 I am humbled at the wonder of God revealed in nature, in the beauty and complexity of all creation.  And I am also in wonder and awe of the part of creation that was revealed to us through the life of Jesus.  Foremost Jesus taught us to love God wholeheartedly and to love and care for each other.   He showed us how to take down barriers and invite others to the table.  Whether God speaks to us in the thunder or the wild surf or the still small voice, may we open our hearts and minds and ears to hear the voice of peace. 

This was originally a reflection during worship at First Presbyterian Church as part of a Lenten series “Gifts of the Dark Woods.”   Shirley Patton has lived in Ashland for 58 years.  She is an actor and the voice of JPR’s “As It Was” history series.

The above article was published in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Saturday June 4



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Common Ground by Charles Al Huth

Be an Activist:

Searching for Common Ground  by Charles Al Huth

Peaceful relationships of any kind can develop based on what we have in common. This holds true whether we are talking about personal relationships or world peace. There is an abundance of common ground between us all. Our false perceptions of ourselves and others have created unnecessary conflicts between many segments of our society. At its core, the polarization between races, cultures, gender, and fundamentalist religions versus atheism are needlessly created by mankind. These false views are a product of cultural indoctrination and a need to be right (which stimulates our personal ego). Rectifying these ingrained perspectives requires our dedicated search for the truth. It requires a personal and focused journey to reconnect with our humanity. To paraphrase Socrates’ famous quotation: A life unexamined is a life not worth living. Our search for truth includes: Who am I? What are my deepest passions in life? What gives me personal meaning? These issues are at the core of each person. The imperative is to deprogram one’s false perceptions of self and others.

As I see it, basically there are two basic aspects to developing human harmony. First, getting connected to the core of one’s humanity – our inner work. Second, developing a practice of noticing how everything is interconnected. Thus, our common ground will become more apparent.

If, for the moment, one could be completely neutral regarding the reality of a God, consider the following: Whether you believe there is an entity called God, or whether you believe there is no such thing, recognize that regardless of your belief system the laws that govern this universe remain the same. It has been estimated that close to one-fifth of our population is either atheist or agnostic. At the core of mainline religious beliefs are principles and values that are shared. In other words, they comprise a basic understanding on how to live a good and noble life. These basic understandings/core principles are not necessarily in conflict with an atheist perspective.

Determining the way to live productively and in harmony with each other, and with the planet, is not an exact physical science. Our thoughts create physiological changes – a shift in our personal chemistry and emotions. Our emotions and chemistry are noticeably different between being happy or sad. We are social beings and cannot rely on pure science to determine the best way to live. However, with precise terminology and a preponderance of properly gathered anecdotal information, a guide to living more harmoniously with others and to embracing all humanity is greatly enhanced.

Our common ground is illuminated with precise terminology.

When we use words that do not have a commonly agreed meaning, a meeting of the minds is not probable. It is necessary to give and/or ask for word definitions where confusion seems likely. When conflicting opinions occur, it is a good time to make sure that common definitions are in play. For example, my definition of spirituality is: a belief that everything is interconnected. When one asks others for their definition, a variety of responses will occur.

Shifting words or ideas to avoid emotional impact is critical. For example, if someone is taking the words personal integrity as an unintended attack, then try using different words that are more universal, for more clarity. As an example, the structure of a building is only as good as its weakest point, and so it is with each person. Individually, we become mentally and physically stronger when all aspects of our lives are in integrity with each other. In other words, being in complete harmony with oneself is an ongoing process. Rattling someone’s cage is ultimately not very effective because it sets up a separation. Therefore, being sensitive to the concerns and perspectives of others would enhance the possibility of fruitful dialogue and provide valuable insight to all participants in the conversation.

Our integrity equates to increased structural sustainability.


Charles “Al” Huth is an author, teacher, workshop presenter, and magician.  He has published “Living an Extraordinary Life: The Magic of Oneness” and “Essentials for a Changing World:  Living Harmoniously with Yourself and Others.” He invites you to visit his website at www.joyal.org to participate.

The above appeared in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Saturday May 28, 2016

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Heaven IS a Choice



“Heaven is the decision I must make.”

This is the title of lesson #138 in the spiritual, psychological, metaphysical book, A Course In Miracles.

We have choices daily – minute by minute – we can be mindful and watch our busy monkey mind and

when we make a decision or a judgment, we can CHANGE it!

Instead of being angry and someone…..CHANGE it – Why not?

That is choosing Heaven.  Heaven is a choice I can make when I refuse to believe every judgment

that crosses my mind!


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Listen to Peace

Why we Sing for Peace Part II

A free concert Sunday May 22, 3:00 pm is at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main Street, Ashland.   www.roguevalleypeacechoir.org   The theme “We Are One” from a song written by Pat Humphries of Emma’s Revolution and arranged by the late Dave Marston, says it all. 


Why we sing for Peace:


Singing, meeting folks

Showing up for facial joy

Hear the difference

Barbara Settles


In 2010, I interviewed for a job in Ashland. When asked if I had any questions, I said, “Yes! Are there any community choirs here?” I was delighted when the answer was, “Lots of them, including the one I belong to.” Singing in a choir offers an immediate connection to a new community and a set of friends with shared passions and values. The Peace Choir sings with joy about things that matter deeply to me.  I live in Ashland, but in many ways the choir is my home.—Kim T. Griswell-Lowry


When I first heard the Peace Choir sing, I was inspired and enthusiastic and delighted to find it was a non-audition choir so I joined.  Singing for peace brings comfort and healing that is ancient and primal.  The rhythm of many voices raised together is a powerful tool.  If you don’t believe it, look up “The Singing Revolution in Estonia”.   Carolee Buck


Being a member of the Rogue Valley Peace Choir is satisfying and I feel lucky and proud to raise my voice among a community of singers who, for the most part, feel the same as I do and want to share the message of peace.  I am grateful to be surrounded by compassionate and forgiving individuals who understand that none of us is perfect, but together, singing for just causes with love in our hearts, we somehow make the world a better place and I believe we become better people. When our voices blend together in a rich tapestry of sound, emotion and message, I feel such great joy and I love sharing that joy with others during our concerts.   Cynthia Taylor 


 In 2008 I finally took the leap and showed up to check it out, see who was there and thankfully, no auditioning!  When I walked in, Elizabeth B. hugged me. Then I spotted Dave Marston and he said loudly, “Ah, now we have a drummer” and embraced me. I’m not stupid, I know a God shot when I feel one. I’ve been the percussion section leader ever since. The Choir provides a place for creativity, love and what I call the expression of each one’s Genius.  Let us cherish this rich and wonderful opportunity to create something vibrant and needed for our community, ourselves and the world.  Peace out, baby! 

Patty Aulik


I believe in the Margaret Mead quote that says, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Singing for peace is what I can do to help.   Instead of griping about politics we turn to song and offer it to the world.     There are selfish reasons for me to sing.  The happier and healthier I am, the more light I’m able to cast.  I struggle with health issues, pain and depression.  As a child, I was silenced as many of us are taught not to speak up.  Singing affirms my right to use my own voice.  When I sing with the Choir I move and my heart is free, there is nothing but music and unity.  It is my church.  The people I sing with are tolerant, forgiving, respectful, and responsible.   We are part of a global family.  Music is a universal language of love.  The Peace Choir is a reason to live!  Liza Yates



When I sing with an organized group of people that performs for others I experience multiple personal benefits.  It encourages wonderful self-discipline.  When done well, the harmonies of the many voices release a unique joy that fulfills me beyond description.  Bringing people of all different backgrounds together for a common goal is so enriching.  And there’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment in bringing a small measure of beauty to life.  I’ve never experienced anything so rewarding and so enjoyable.  Avram Chetron







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    The Inner Peace blog is a place to share wisdom about peace practices and inspire, learn and explore all aspects of inner peace. A team of writers will discuss varied qualities –€” intuition, courage, fearlessness, friendship, forgiveness, gentleness, giving and receiving, tolerance, faithfulness and kindness –€” that help us all through the tough times, the challenges, the joys and the sorrows with inner peace as the ever-shining goal. Whether 2 or 92, your inner peace is up to you.
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