A Thankful Thought

Have you ever stopped to notice what you are thinking about;

What types of thoughts; gratitude; resentments?  Do you ruminate about the past? Are you consumed by something?  Is it something wonderful, disturbing or upsetting? Thoughts are distractions.  They are designed to keep us from peace and contentment.

If you are upset about something ask yourself:

Do I REALLY want to be upset about this?

Do I like being upset about this?

Am I enjoying the upset feelings?

Be honest! Sometimes we really enjoy the upset feelings?

It’s OK to admit it.  In fact it is healthy.

Why do we like being upset?  It makes us “feel” something.

What is it? big, strong?  little, victimized?

Look honestly and see if the pain is worth it.

Say to yourself:

I WANT to feel peaceful.  I don’t like feeling this __________!

I CAN let this upset go.  I  let it go now.

You are the only one who can do it.  No one can do it for you.

This is a powerful decision.  You are the decision maker.

Practice being thankful – Choose a thankful thought each morning.

Go to bed with a thankful thought on your mind.

Carry thankfulness in your Heart for the Holiday’s.

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Peace Here Now

PEACE HERE NOW by Ed Hirsch

 Peace is beyond the senses, but sensory experiences can serve to open you to that Presence, as they are always in the present moment and direct. Recognize that in your waking life, body sensations, breathing, hearing, and seeing are always happening. These are all readily available, and when you bring your awareness to them, it can open to the feel of the natural, effortless, and flowing.

 1. Recognize that you are sensing in your body, and simply enter into that consciously, with relaxed attention. Sense deeply in your arms and legs (and through that the whole body). Let this open you to a sense of relaxed embodiment. Going even deeper, open into the Peace of all-pervading Stillness, in which all movement happens. 

 2. Recognize that you are breathing, and simply enter into that consciously. Let this open you into a sense of the peaceful flow of life, moment to moment. Going even deeper, especially at the end of the inhales and exhales, open into the Peace of the timeless Now, in which all change happens. 

 3. Recognize that you are hearing. Be at peace with what you are hearing, just as it is. Going deeper, let go of identifying what it is you are hearing, and enter into the awareness of hearing itself. Recognize that the auditory field is permeated by Spacious Awareness. Enter into the Silence and Serenity of that Awareness in which all sounds arise.

 4. Begin with eyes closed, and recognize a field of inner seeing that extends in all directions. Recognize that it is filled with an all-pervading Spacious Awareness. Enter into the Serenity of this Awareness in which all sights arise. Now gently open your eyes and recognize that this field, and its Serenity, are still present. Enter into That in which all sights arise. 

 Now go into the heart. Recognize the felt sense of your experience, whatever that might be. Be at peace with it, just as it is. Enter into this Peace of all-pervading Love, in which all feelings arise and are unconditionally held.   

 Who is it who senses, breathes, hears, sees, feels? Recognize that who you are is simple, effortless Presence, abiding in its own Peace, as You. When you recognize yourself and others as this simple Presence, the heart connects in Peace and Love.

 You are that Stillness, Nowness, Silence, Awareness, and Love, as You.

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

 

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Let There be Peace on Earth

Let There Be Peace on Earth
by Will Wilkinson  

Most of us would immediately agree that world peace is something we want, and something we’d like to contribute to. A goodly number of us would also admit that it starts with us. “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me,” as the song says.

In fact, that song has some lessons for us, quite beyond the lyrics. Here’s a brief history of its amazing impact on world peace. This amazing story can be found in its totality on the web site, http://www.jan-leemusic.com/Site/History.html:

“Sy Miller and Jill Jackson were a husband and wife songwriting team. In 1955 they wrote a song about their dream of peace for the world and how they believed each one of us could help create it.

    “They first introduced the song to a group of teenagers selected from their high schools to attend a weeklong retreat in California. The young people were purposefully from different religious, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds, brought together to experiment with creating understanding and friendship through education, discussion groups, and living and working together in a camp situation. Sy Miller wrote in his own words what happened:

     “’One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the California mountains locked arms, formed a circle and sang a song of peace. They felt that singing the song, with its simple basic sentiment – ‘Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me,’ helped to create a climate for world peace and understanding.

 
    “‘When they came down from the mountain, these inspired young people brought the song with them and started sharing it. And, as though on wings, ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth’ began an amazing journey around the globe. It traveled first, of course, with the young campers back to their homes and schools, churches and clubs. Soon the circle started by the teenagers began to grow. Before long the song was being shared in all fifty states – at school graduations and at PTA meetings, at Christmas and Easter gatherings and as part of the celebration of Brotherhood Week. It was a theme for Veteran’s Day, Human Rights Day and United Nations Day. 4H Clubs and the United Auto Workers began singing it. So did the American Legion, the B’nai B’rith, the Kiwanis Clubs and CORE. It was taped, recorded, copied, printed in songbooks, and passed by word of mouth.

 
    “The song spread overseas to Holland, England, Italy, France, Germany, Lebanon, Japan, India; to South America, Central America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Maoris in New Zealand sang it. The Zulus in Africa sang it.”


    
    I encourage you to visit the site and read the rest of the story. It’s an inspiring example of how one simple act – in this case, writing a song – can bring peace to millions of people. It might compel us to ask: “What simple act is possible for me?” It’s unlikely what we do will have the far-reaching impact this song did… but you never know. And that’s the point, really, we never can know exactly how our words, our thoughts, and our actions affect the world. But a story like this one inspires us to act in faith, joining the millions of other mostly anonymous peace makers around the world, each doing their part.

Referenced from http://www.jan-leemusic.com/Site/History.html

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

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Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy instead of Pain

Have you ever stopped to notice what you are thinking;

what are your thoughts like?

What are you thinking about?  Is it disturbing or upsetting?

Are you choosing joy or pain?  Are you holding a grievance

If you are upset with something ask yourself: Do I REALLY want to be upset about this?

Do I like being upset about this?

Am I enjoying the upset feelings?

Be honest! Sometimes we really enjoy our upset feelings?

It’s OK to admit it.  In fact it is healthy.

Why do we like being upset?  It makes us “feel” something.

What is it? big, strong?  little, victimized?

Look honestly and see if the pain is worth it.

Say to yourself:

I WANT to feel peaceful.  I don’t like feeling this: _________________!

I CAN let this upset go.  I  will let it go.

You are the only one who can do it.  No one can do it for you.

This is a powerful decision.  You are the decision maker.

Choose Joy instead of Pain!

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Breathing Peace

BREATHING PEACE    by  Ed Hirsch

 Who is the other? And who are you? Notice that, when the other is identified as friend, you take yourself as a friend. When the other is identified as enemy, you take yourself as an enemy. And so on.

 Basically, the sense of self and other is that of self and not-self. Do you take not-self basically as friend (basically with you), or foe (basically over-against you, or even indifferent to your existence altogether)? Let’s approach this not through thinking but through the simple experience of breathing. Breathing is basically an experience of the interchange of self and not-self, and one that we are largely unconscious of.

 Imagine a friend in front of you, and notice how you are breathing. Now imagine an enemy in front of you, and notice how you are breathing. It makes a difference, right? But notice that, whether there is even anyone before you or not, the not-self that is always there is simply Presence. Recognize this, and notice how you are breathing.

 The air you are breathing from outside you (not-self) is one with the air inside you (becoming part of the self-sense). So too, the Presence outside you, all around you, is the same Presence that is inside you. Be aware of breathing in the Presence that surrounds you, that embraces you, and taking it in as your inner Presence. Recognize that it is One Presence all the way throughout. The One Presence itself is breathing in and out. You are breathing, and you are being breathed.

 Be aware of the Presence, or Being, or Spaciousness all around you, abiding in its own nature, just as it is, at ease, at rest, at peace. Consciously breathe in that peace with every breath, and release that peace with every breath. On the inhales, receive it fully into your deepest being. On the exhales, fully release into it. Open to the one flow, in and out, within the Peace of Presence.

 That is the Peace of Presence, the Peace that is present whether you are with a friend or foe, whether you are in a garden or a ghetto. It is the Peace that passes understanding, the unshakeable, ever-present Peace that is Presence, that is your True Nature.

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

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Predicting Peace – Part 6 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part Six of Seven


By Will Wilkinson 
 

I’m blogging about predictions and funny stories around premonitions. Apparently, according to the link below, “After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his friend Ward Hill Lamon wrote a biography of the president, Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847–1865, in which he recounted an eerily prophetic nightmare Lincoln had had just three days before his death. In Lincoln’s own words:

“There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers. ‘The President,’ was his answer; ‘He was killed by an assassin.’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream.”

Well, if this account is genuine, it does seem to be authentically prophetic. Oh that Lincoln himself had taken it to heart and decided to miss the play! How history would have played out differently.

I propose that all of us have premonitions, not as dramatic as this one, but just as important. We know, for instance, the effect of an unkind word or act. We can predict what a loving touch, given at the perfect moment, can inspire. A caring word, a gesture of generosity… there is no mystery about how to create a safer, more loving world. It’s in our hands, in our minds, in our hearts, right now.

So, what will the future hold? More war or more peace? We can’t speak for others or what they decide to do but we sure can take a stand for ourselves.

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

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

www.wakeupandbehappy.com

 

 

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Peace at Holiday Parties

Here come the Halloween and Holiday parties; the wine tasting and beer fests galore are coming up quickly!  The sports bars will have non-stop sporting events with baseball, soccer and football games.  What Fun! 

This may sound like a health issue but health is inner peace – inner peace is health.  Chose peace for yourself and friends plus know some important facts from the Centers for Disease Control.  Drinking causes death in 1 in 10 working age adults.  Alcoholic or not.

Perhaps you or someone you know is drinking too much.  It is hard to choose peace when you or someone else is alcohol inflicted.  But after sobering up check out the link below.   Don’t argue with yourself or anyone else about their habits but tell them what is concerning to you. What is on your heart.  Everyone has a choice they can make about drinking but first educate yourself on the subject.  

Waving a glass of wine or beer at anyone and saying “hey drink up, be merry” is a sure way to kill someone who may have alcoholic  or binge drinking tendencies.   It is also unkind and cruel.  We don’t need to be enticed if it is something we really, really want? 

This may sound like a sermon but we do not know what others need to learn and we  cannot know what the future will bring for them or ourselves, but we can do our best to be helpful.  If you feel warnings are appropriate do so.  We all need to know the following facts from the Center for Disease Control because it educates everyone whether a non-drinker, casual or addicted.  

Remember, you might not be able to stop someone or save them but at least you will know you tried.   If appropriate maybe you will stop drinking to support them.

Here is the link -be patient it will open.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/drinking-causes-1-10-deaths-working-age-adults-cdc-says-n141741

 

 

 

 

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Predicting Peace – Part 5 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part Five of Seven

By Will Wilkinson


 
I’m having fun with this series of blogs on historical prophetic predictions. Another one mentioned in the link I reference below seems to connect to the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés. His 1519 arrival in Mexico coincided with the year the Mayan calendar said Quetzalcoatl would return and reclaim the city of Tenochtitlán. So, apparently the native Aztecs believed Cortés was this being. That helped Cortés capture Mexico.

The same habit of “savior thinking” can defeat us today, prophecy or not. Who do we expect to save us? With deep respect and appreciation, we honor the Gandhi’s, the Martin Luther King’s, the Mother Theresa’s of the past. And the peacemakers of the 21st century. But we’ve moved beyond celebrity leaders. It’s up to all of us, acting on the small stages where we live. And, in fact, every day presents us with tiny opportunities, moments that will never be glorified on HuffingtonPost, that won’t lead to a Ted talk, that won’t appear in any New York Times best seller, and won’t propel us into fame.

We simply live with peace in our hearts and it overflows. Our cup runs over. Peace, the real deal, is like that. It can’t be contained, hoarded, bartered. It’s generative. It grows and distributes itself selflessly.

Tomorrow can be another ordinary day OR it can be the day you (and I) choose to be peacemakers and seize every opportunity to do our small service. It might seem futile, that all we can do is like a drop in the ocean but, then, that’s what the ocean is made of!

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

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

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Wars begin in the minds of men

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds

of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”

Preamble to the UNESCO Charter adopted Nov. 16, 1945

Many will disagree, but I believe that choosing peace is allowing the Muslim fanatic’s to have their own society and determine their own laws and rules.  Yes, of course killer’s should be brought to justice but beyond that they need a world that allows them the freedom they want.  We have our freedom, now the people of the Middle East need to adapt their own government according to their religion, culture and customs.

Their ways are not our ways. We live according to our laws and they need to live according to their laws, in their own Country, peacefully.

The world is big enough.   Other cultures may not like or agree with them.  The Jew’s have Israel; the Egyptians Egypt; The German’s Germany; The Vietnamese have Vietnam and their own government.  China, Cuba, North and South Korea have their own laws and culture.  Christian extremists live in peace in America.  Even Nazi’s have freedom of speech.

Muslim extremists, once they choose peace need to join the United Nations.

I believe peace will come to America when we allow other forms of government to live in peace according to their religion and customs.  Peace really amounts to a change of mind.  Can we do that?

Sally McKirgan, facilitates the Tidings Inner Peace Column and  A Course In Miracles study group in Ashland.

Her blog: www.innerpeaceforyou.me

 

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Predicting Peace – Part 4 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part Four of Seven

Another prediction from sixteenth century seer, Nostradamus, was thatVolcanic fire from the centre of the earth Will cause trembling around the new city: Two great rocks will make war for a long time. Then Arethusa will redden a new river…


This has been interpreted to refer to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The trade center is supposed to be the “centre of the earth,” the “new city” is New York and the towers are the “two great rocks.” This one is a real stretch for me. It reminds me of Abraham Maslow’s famous saying, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”  If you believe in Nostradamus, then you will tend to validate his predictions and can convince yourself it’s logical.  Look at the millions of people who think the earth is 6,000 – 10,000 years old, not the 4.5 billion years scientists believe.  Who is right?  Everyone looks through their lens of conviction and that influences what they see.

When it comes to peace, what sort of smudges do we have on our own lens of perception?  A popular one relates to “the other” needing to do something before we do.  “They need to stop firing rockets,” for instance.  What’s the problem with his? Both sides see it through their own lens and both sides say, “They started it.”

Who is going to start the peace process?  How about me, you, any of us who refuse to see peace as a negotiation.  It’s a state.  Am I, are you, peaceful?  If so then that’s how we will behave.  Any revenge is not part of peace.  Forgiveness and compassion are.

An old school friend recently commented on one of my books, Forgiving the Unforgivable, which tells the true story of meditators who forgave the terrorists who killed two of their friends in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.  My friend said he could never do that, that the terrorists needed to be punished.  Well, an eye for an eye makes the world blind. Let’s take the first step today.  And if you don’t think you have anyone to forgive, just look in the mirror.

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

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

 

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