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?

Road in Somerset Levels

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.

Archangel Gabriel

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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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Nelson Mandala. A Hero of Our Time

I didn’t know Mandela had died until I read the tributes to him this morning. Just reading how much he was respected and loved says everything. Total homage to him.

He was dearly loved, and is an inspiration to us all.
That’s an important point, too.

Mandela Continues in Us

If we value Mandela’s impact on the world, the best thing we can do is
to try and adopt his good qualities as your own. If everyone who loves him took on even a fraction of Madiba’s qualities, the world would transform overnight.

~ from Kadampa Life, “I am the master of my fate” ~ a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

As the Idealistic Rebel says:

We need to pick up his words and ideals and carry on for him.
If all of us who believe in peace and freedom do one extra act of peace in his memory, he will never be forgotten.

~ from “The World has lost Nelson Mandela”

Mandela Quotes

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Reiki Heidi once asked on hereWhere are the people like him [MLK] today?? We still need heroes…

Maybe the answer to this question lies in Mandela’s

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

After all, it is within all our capabilities to develop these, don’t you think…?

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.

Your playing small 
Does not serve the world. 
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking 
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, 
As children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; 
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we’re liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

By Marianne Williamson
(often mis-attributed to Mandela, but I’m glad he made it famous.)

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I like that they’re smiling and singing in celebration of his life,
rather than sad and mourning his death.

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a wild mind won’t find a peaceful place

B4Peace October: This month’s Peace Challenge – a Dream of Peace, is kind of aborted before it’s started. All apologies.

I have the most chaotically un-peaceful mind just now, which doesn’t even want to sit still, let alone watch the shallow breathing that’s going on.

insomnia

My uncontrolled mind just wants to sleep, which it can’t; or watch random movie trailers on You Tube.
(and I know I’m not the only one.)
Yup. Failing to find oblivion and desperate for release, my mind is scrabbling around for whatever easy and vacuous distraction it can find.
Anything but the tears/depression/anxiety/hopeless internal rage. And did I mention the tears?

Perverse isn’t it?
My agitated mind doesn’t even want peace!
I do, I want to sit quietly, being peace. I’m missing that blissful state of mind.

** I’m trying to count my breaths, which does seem to help :~)

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My Dream of Peaceful Place

 So I think that’s what my Dream of a Peaceful World would be like.
It would be a world where everybody genuinely wanted peace, and everyone knew how to get it.
And could!

* Where the power hungry destroying our planet, and the discontented wasting their time surfing online, were equally rich in inner wisdom.
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Then naturally, beauty and order would prevail.
And the world would be a peaceful place.

 The Universe is abundant. There is quite enough time, space, food, water and resources for us all.
* This is scientific fact as well
So there’s no reason for anybody to go short; and certainly no good reason for anyone else to think that they should.

 All beings would be regarded as equal, whatever their age, gender, race, belief system or species.
(The species thing is important. We can’t have real peace if behind closed doors or across the world, others are screaming out in pain, just not in our language.)

Where everyone is authentic to themselves and others.
There’s no point in deceit, so why do it?
Just be honest with yourself and others, and wish sincerely for their happiness.
Much better.

“Whatever you do in this world,
always be true to yourself.”

in fact…

all U need is love

all we need is love

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More Like this:

 ✌ Monthly Peace Challenge: I Have a Dream

✌ Dream of a peaceful mind: Spunky Wayfarer
✌ Cosmic Loti: The Bell Meditation, and Breathing Peace

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“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it.  If we’re frantic, life will be frantic.  If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.”

Marianne Williamson via Breathing Space: October Post For Peace

All  images and authors:  Cosmic Loti on Tumblr

What would Your Most Peaceful Place be like?
Comment below, and let us know….


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.

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The Bell

Plum Village Bell Meditation

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.

For me, it is like the Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin, with the meaning of his words implied by the bell.
Within these meditations there are deeper and deeper levels of meaning for us to explore; each more beautiful than the last.

Loti’s Hiatus Explained and Patiently Accepted

Cosmic Loti has had a bit of a hiatus of late.
Not all her fault. And when I say “patiently accepted“, that’s a wish path that’s improving with practice…
So, why I’ve been gone:
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brain wiring
*  two consecutive MS attacks too close for comfort
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*  work commitments
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cube into a round hole
*  cosmic energy shifts
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Cosmic Energy
*  heatwave in the UK
dog days
 

 

*  and karma
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So my approach?
(Which is a good trick when you can do it)

Watch each situation unfold
with patient acceptance

Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily, whatever occurs…having given up on the idea that things should be other than what they are.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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It is in this calm, clear space of patient acceptance that the most beautiful of things can happen.
As the Buddhist Master Shantideva said
“If something can be remedied
Why be unhappy about it?
And if there’s no remedy for it,
There is still no point in being unhappy.”
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This is like releasing attachment to the outcome.
If we have done all we can then it’s best to physically and metaphorically step back from the situation. Surrender and have faith that all is as it should be, no matter what the outcome.
Not the easiest, but it does become more do-able when we’ve seen how well it works.
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Space Oddity “Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing left to do.”

Chris Hadfield Chris Hadfield in the International Space Station. Hauntingly beautiful.

Like this:
Mimi Luk : Release Attachment to the Outcome
Cosmic Loti : Shantideva on Patience
Cosmic Loti : Let go to Become

* More on each of these to follow hopefully …
 

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!

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