All posts tagged Peace

Love Is The Only Way

When we come to understand that our true nature is eternal luminosity, we will see that only love, compassion and wisdom will set us free. No amount of figuring out, strategizing, plotting or planning will end violence. We have tried these strategies many times through history. If they worked, we would not now be in a situation that my 92-year-old vet friend calls worse than World War 2.

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Freedom of Speech in an Interconnected World

Avant tout, nous sommes des âmes: Freedom of Speech in an Interconnected World We are blessed to live in a society where we have the right to read this blog. As I mentioned when I shared the story of a young girl who fled North Korea a few weeks ago, there are nations around our globe where rights that we take for granted are not an option for people like ourselves. Though last week I said I would post part two of “How To Succeed at your New Year’s Resolution”, I will do so next week. Instead, I feel the need to touch upon this week’s brutal murders in Paris of five satirical cartoonists (and seven others). I extend my deep compassion for all those who have and are suffering through this – those grieving the loss of their loved ones and those driven to such violent acts, blinded by hate. The horror of the incident has led me to look more deeply at the power of speech, at our responsibility to use it wisely and at the way we are all connected. At the same time, I have just learned about the devastating tragedy in Nigeria in which Boko Haram, an organization against democracy and education, has killed as many as 2000 people – mostly…

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Happy International Peace Day: Three Ways to Increase Peace in Your Life and the World

This past sunny Saturday afternoon in Toronto, I strolled through Kensington Market with my family and a friend visiting from the UK. We stopped in at Hibiscus, a delicious vegan restaurant, where I enjoyed a fabulous soup and salad lunch special. The small sitting area that accommodated 20 or so looked openly onto a productive kitchen where servers and cooks seemed to easily float by each other in quiet focus. I was touched by the vibrational presence of the restaurant. After I tuned into the colourful food that arrived in front of me, in prayerful thanks, I looked up and said to my brother-in-law that the food was singing. It felt so rooted, vital and expansive! This made me think of what I wanted to write for my blog this International Day of Peace. The restaurant, though busy, felt peaceful. Perhaps it was just the fresh coat of paint, the cleanliness (both seen and unseen), the kind service, the organic food prepared with love, that made it all seem so alive. Whatever the reason, it made me think that peaceful living exudes a rooted, vital expansion. It is neither too lofty nor ungrounded, neither listless nor lacking life-spark, neither constricted nor closed. PEACEFUL LIVING: NON-RESISTANCE TO WHAT IS Peaceful living is rooted in “non-resistance to what…

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Shanti Om: Living and Acting in Peace – Part 1: Is Peace Passive?

Is Peace Passive? We live in an agitated, high-speed world. Every day as we move through our lives, we are flooded with images that potentially stir our minds and affect how we think and feel. When in human history has there been such demand for us to ingest and process such a breadth and depth of information so quickly? It is no wonder that I received grateful feedback as well as more questions and concerns than usual about my blog posted last Sunday entitled “Time for Peace”. The text was a way for me to express some of my feelings in response to the immense agitation that exists on our planet at this time. (Of note, 62 out of the 196 countries in the world are today involved in wars.) Here is a summary of the questions I received: How do you define peace? Is being peaceful being passive? Is peace about personal power? What does it mean to be a spiritual aspirant? How can one be an activist and on a spiritual path? When is it appropriate to speak up, stand up and act about injustice in the world? Where is the line between taking sides and standing up to shine light on a problem? Great questions! And thank you! As we work on the animation and…

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Time for Peace

I am interested in that which inspires clarity of mind and compassion of heart. I need this, because I – like most of us on the planet - am growing and learning to become more conscious, loving and aware. I know that in order to be clear, I need to feed my mind, heart and soul with things that make me into the most patient, kind, wise and loving person I can be. I rely on that which helps me focus on the light of the sun, so that I may imbibe its qualities and have the greatest amount of compassion to serve those who are suffering from passing clouds or torrential tsunamis.

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