Talk Yourself into a Better 2014

How’s 2014 going for you?

Sorry, but now we’re into it; 2014 looks to be starting off as another challenging year for many.
Can mindful breathing with mantras, gathas or affirmations change this?

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Flooded road in Somerset Levels, UK

Blue Monday

Last Monday, 20th January, is known as ‘Blue Monday’.
According to the Bristol Observer, it’s the ‘gloomiest, most depressing day of the year‘.

So if this week didn’t have the best start, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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The first few months of 2014 are about integration and clearing.
Integrating the old and gracefully clearing the new
is a simultaneous CoCreative process
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Archangel Gabriel

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Peaceful New Year & New Moon Blessings

It’s New year’s Eve !

What better time to have a peaceful party for peace.
Well, not a ‘party’ as such, more of a gathering of like minds in solidarity ;~)
Riding the waves of the energy shift towards a new dawn for Earth.

As the birds sing in the dawn,
so a new light dawns on planet Earth.
Solidarity
Planets connect in love and peace.

Asket, Pleiades, via Shanti
* (Solidarity – unity of feeling and action)

“Here,New Moon
in this moment –
there is a gathering
of kindred spirits,
and all there is to do
is to allow
a quieting down –
just a little,Stonehenge stars
just enough to hear
a soft whisper
of calm and of peace
and then ever so gently
taking one more step
just a little deeper,
here,Sun meditator
in the calmest part
of each of our hearts
as we gather
in the peace
of this place.”

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✧ from Laurie’s Notes:
a gathering of kindred spirits, about finding the natural path to our hearts.

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November Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 Meredith

* Tears flow from hateful eyes too.

But I suspect our hearts, like flowers,

grow big and strong with the waters of loving-kindness.

Chill our words not our voice

It is rain that grows flowers, not ice

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“How cold is a heart
When it’s warmth that it seeks?”
Sting, Sister Moon

Related Posts:

❀ everyday gurus:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 ❀ Electronic Bag Lady:
B4peace: The Enemy Within

 ❀ Poem from Laurie’s Notes:
a quiet prayer of thanks

 ❀ Welcome to a New World: Who is the enemy?

Quotes for Peace on Earth and Beyond

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“Love is the creative force of the Universe.
It is the fabric of all.
It is the essence of all.”

― Ashar, Pleiades. Channelled by Dawn Henderson in Starspeak

“Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns.”

― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from Modern Buddhism (link in right border)
This is one of my favourite quotes, because it brings the responsibility right back home to us.

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“WWIII will be an interplanetary war”

(General Douglas MacArthur 1955, in his last speech to Congress, quoted by Dr. Stephen Greer).

Which seems like a bit of a jump from quotes on love n’peace; but holding the opposite minds of dislike and anger can easily become a slippery slope.
Isn’t this already a reality on this world?

The next world war will not started by aliens, (who aren’t at all hostile) but those who govern the Earth (who mostly are).
But whoever the governors are; hostilities only ever commence if people are numbed enough to believe their lies and follow their orders.

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In the perfect world, arms would only be used for hugs

And no war of any kind can happen if we, the people, reach out to each other with peaceful and loving minds instead.
Actions of loving kindness have a ripple effect that send energetic waves throughout the cosmos.
There is a power in this that can only come from love; because love is the fabric of the universe.

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Related Posts:

 everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Quote This
Top banner image via: Bullying Prevention

UNEXPECTEDINCOMMONHOURS: Quote This
 Indira’s Blog

☮ Cosmic Loti:
We Are All One Animated Lump of Stardust

☮ grumpy-cat-yoda image
…Just found this too:

“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.”

Albert Einsteinn Spunky Wayfarer’s Quotes for a peaceful mind

 

The Bell Meditation

“It’s the silence between the notes
that makes the music.”

– Zen Proverb

Figure from Pompeii

And it’s in the silent places in our mind where we find peace.
None of us want to be troubled and unhappy, but sometimes we just are.

This lack of peace in our own minds makes us experience and promote an unpeaceful world, causing feeling of disquiet to ripple outward from us.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

So if we think, ‘I can’t do this’, or “What is the use of doing this? We may say that I do this because I want peace, I want happiness, I want healing and transformation. So the practice is the means, and healing and transformation is the end.”

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This sounds dualistic, but in reality it is a no-dualistic approach to healing, and to practice. We breathe in such a way that healing and peace are right here, in each breath. The means becomes the end, and there is no distinction between them.

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”

Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh,
Taken from plumvillageonline: Art of Suffering Retreat: First Talk.

The sound of the bell brings us back to peace

The Bell Meditation 

We find peace in our mind by using the sound of the bell to bring us back to ‘the safe island of mindfulness.’
It is a simple means of bringing the mind back to it’s natural state of equilibrium.

* The titles here are each links – to Tich’s introduction, and to the bell meditation itself.

As Thich invites the bell to sound, he is also inviting us to share in the peace it radiates. The warm richness of the sound envelops us, inviting our minds to find total relaxation there.

We can use this next half hour to still our minds, and find our freedom within.
Just for the next half hour, where else would we want to be?

And what what better feeling to share with the world.

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Like This:
♫ Monthly Peace Challenge: One Good Thing About Music
by Kozo Hattori

♭ Zen Proverb via Laurie’s Notes: Bloggers for Peace – Monthly Challenge – Music
♩Heartflow 2013: Plum Village Bell Meditation

✧ Cosmic Loti:  Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin
Breathing Peace
 *  Following the breathing meditation given with the bell meditation, gives a sweet feeling of deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Image Credit:
The Bell

Breathing Peace, Tich Nhat Hanh

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Dear ones, in these troubled times we need to be able to calm our minds.
We can do this by returning to the present moment.

This will enable us to let go of our constant worry, and and find peace in ourselves, which will naturally radiate out to others.
This makes us happier,
and enable us to be more focused in what we think and do.

Thich Nhat Hanhc

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Breathing in, I calm body and mind.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is the only moment.

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.”
This line is like drinking a glass of ice water. You feel the cold, the freshness, permeate your body. When I breathe in and recite this line, I actually feel the breathing calming my body, calming my mind.

Breathing out, I smile.
You know the effect of a smile. A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That is why the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are always smiling. When you smile, you realize the wonder of the smile.

Dwelling in the present moment.”
While I sit here, I don’t think of somewhere else, of the future or the past. I sit here and I know where I am.

I know this is the only moment.”
This is the only moment that is real. To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task.

Calming. Smiling, Present moment, Only moment.”

I hope you will try it.
Thich Nhat Hanh 
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Extract from ‘Suffering Is Not Enough
by Thich Nhat Hanh

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‘Letters for Peace’, a Be 4 Peace post.
More B4 Peace ‘letter’ posts:

 everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace Begins with a Letter, by Kozo Hattori
 Fish of Gold : Dear Universe

 ☮ Breathing Space : July Post For Peace
 ☮ Kelly Kuhn : Peace With Silence

 Not Just Sassy On The Inside : Letter to Divine Creator
 The Seeker : July Peace: A letter

Peaceful initials to consider in these posts ~
 Becoming a writer : Letters – a Bloggers for Peace post
 heartflow2013 : Letters for Peace

 Malala`s Speech to the UN General Assembly

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☮ Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin.
Just let go and follow your breath for awhile.

☮ Mindfulness Calms the Mind when you Need it Most (Noisy Neighbours via Thich Nhat Hanh).
Pacify troubled minds with Thich Nhat Hanh’s cooling wisdom.

 Monkey! Now is the only reality,
and you will need all of yourself to live it.

☮ Present Moment, Peaceful Moment
Breathe the clean fresh air of peace – come back to the present moment. (Images)

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Peace at Home, Peace in the World

World peace starts here ♡

Peaceful Minds

   make for

     Peace at Home

        leading to Peace on Earth

resulting in Peace throughout the Cosmos.

and all of us here at Home

   can make Peace on Earth

     and even throughout the Cosmos

       just by holding Peaceful Minds

           all of the time.

                                       (* or just when we can)

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“Each human being exists within the context of interrelationships that include other human beings, all living beings and the natural world. In other words, each person is sustained by the interdependent web of life. By awakening to this principle we are able to expand instinctive self-love into an altruistic love for others; we are able to nurture the spirit of tolerance and empathy for others.”

Dr. Yoichi Kawada, From inner peace to world peace, a Buddhist perspective.

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• DUENDEARTPRODUCTIONS : World Peace Starts At Home (pt2).wmv,
beautiful images (like the photo above!) and audio.

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Related Posts:

• the everyday gurus Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace at Home
by Kozo Hattori
• theINFP : Peace at home
“Perceptions and assumptions behave like clouds and dirty windows, they distort reality.” Home Truths.

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  • Rarasaur: Sara Teaches The Thud,
on brilliantly silly duck communication; and proper, diplomatic, proactive, flexible-solution-oriented, truthful communication.
• I am Grayson:  What’s important, right now?
a personal view on communication.
• the living light: Aura of Redemption,
“We will never be protected, By the walls that we’ve erected…”

• Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace at Home,
for lots of other Peace at home posts!

Inner Peace ☮ World Happiness

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Proper Peace Tanks
Bring Peace

If we are Peaceful, 

We are Happy.

“We can blossom like a flower,
and everyone in our family,
our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.” 

Being Peace, Tich Nhat Hanh 

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Without inner peace,

outer peace is impossible.

“We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

Transform Your Life, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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By creating peace in our own mind
we create peace between nations.

“The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us
is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.”

M.Williamson

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Related Posts:

everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful?
by Kozo Hattori
KM Huber’s Blog: The Art of Peace
Thoughts of yaussiechick: Art Thou Peaceful

theseeker: Peace is like a river….
Laurie’s Notes: Finding Healing and Peace Through Art
 Kozo Hattori: A Peace of Picasso

 Su’eddie in Life n Literature :
INNER PEACE (A Performance Poem) by Ode Attah
The Panama Adventure:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful?

My Life In Color: Stand up for Peace
We hold the power. We, the people of this planet.

Click on the above links for more inspiring links on Art Inspiring Peace.

Credits:

All images created / adapted by Shanti,
except the Blog 4 Peace logo, via Everyday Gurus
and
Earth with Co-ordinate Grid via cyber-world1010 on  Tumblr

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Imagine Peace, and it will Happen

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Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9

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Blessed be the children,

for they are the peacemakers of the future.

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Imagine Peace

Child’s sign:

“When the power of love

overcomes the love of power,

the world will know peace.”

Sri Ghose

“Reality calls for change

The fruit of awareness is already ripe

And the door can never be closed again.”

Written by a young Tich Nhat Hanh in war torn Vietnam.

Film trailer: Planting Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness
Tich Nhat Hanh’s students discuss the magic of mindfulness.

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Related Posts:
Pam Tanzey: Peace Picnic (Doggy Cartoon Credit :~ )
Heartflow 2013: How To Live Like A Dog

The most effective way to teach a child something is to break down your lesson into the smallest pieces possible. RARASAUR: Peace, Vignettes, and Metaphor Fails
Bloggers for Peace: Monthly Peace Challenge

Stories for Kids:
Fish of Gold: How The Giraffe Got His Neck
Inspire the Idea: Bartie’s Tail

Click on the above links for yet more links on Children + Peace!

 “I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside”

See also:
Bloggers for Peace on Twitter: #B4Peace
Cosmic Loti: Dream a Better World
Dream lands and the waking world are experientially the same. That’s why they both feel equally real, and why we can influence them far more than we give ourselves credit for. We can literally dream a better world for us all.

Click on Images to make  biG / for source.

PostScript:
I won the challenge as well 🙂 along with a few of the guys mentioned up there.
It was a veritable challenge, but so much fun to do.
Big hugs all the brilliant people out there in cyberspace who support us Bloggers for Peace.

Click here for all the other winners of the ‘Publish a post on how to teach children about peace‘ challenge. Well worth checking out.

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Do we Feed the Good Wolf or the Bad Wolf?

 

‘The definition of virtue is

that which brings us happiness.’

via Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

                                   

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine

– and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

 

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2 Wolves

B/W birds on Russian Lake

 

Dancing Japanese Cranes – Hokkaido, Japan – Simone Sbaraglia

 It’s black and white

isn’t it?..

What do you think?

 

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Focus On The Good

Like this:
Poet 4 Justice’s Wolves
(the Cherokee story)
 Everyday Guru’s Friends and Enemies
(The Malleable Keys to Peace)
and Reiki Heidi’s My Own A.R.K.
(Act of Random Kindness)
Bodhisattva in Training’s poem o
n forgiveness
and Electronicbaglady on the challenges and joys of forgiveness

My 1st Bloggers for Peace post!

 

And because feeding the bad wolf is often our default,
find good reasons to feed the good wolf.

The good wolf benefits most

Besides, nothing annoys your enemies so much as forgiving them ;~)

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Image Credits:
Inside Each of Us Are Two Wolves and Focus On The Good from Alpha Alchemy
Dancing Japanese Cranes, Simone Sbaraglia, PhotoBotos
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* There’s white graphics on this post, but all apologies if the little fluffy clouds don’t show up on your screen, they were artistically irresistible ;~)

 

 

 

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