Tag Archives: Peace

Ah.

In a wonderful article from Harper’s Magazine, No Time But the Present , Alan Jacobs argues that reading old books makes our lives better: To read old books is not simply to escape our current condition of frenetic standstill, the torrent of data and demand managed moment by moment (though, to my mind, occasional escape …

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Never Give Up

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August 6, 1945

August 6, 1945 by Millen Brand Excerpted from Local Lives: Poems About the Pennsylvania Dutch, ©1975 Fred Braun has just leaned out on a low windowsill that needs painting. There are cracks in it, but so far they have let no rain through. They can wait a little longer. This moment is his to enjoy, …

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Unfold

“They talk about angels, but what if the angels are within, and all we need to do is unfold our wings.”  ~Gabriel Andreas The quote above is available on a greeting card at the artist’s website, HERE.

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For The Pleasure Of

“It is not sitting in order to struggle to get enlightenment.  No.  Sitting first of all is for the pleasure of sitting.  Walking first of all is for the pleasure of walking.  And eating is for the pleasure of eating.   And the art is to be there one hundred per cent.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Disentangle

“Meditation teaches you how to disentangle yourself from the thought process. It is the mental art of stepping out of your own way, and that’s a pretty useful skill in everyday life. Meditation is certainly not some irrelevant practice strictly for ascetics and hermits. It is a practical skill that focuses on everyday events and …

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Battlefields

“Look deeply at your anger as you would at your own child. Do not reject it or hate it. Meditation is not to turn yourself into a battlefield, one side opposing the other. Conscious breathing soothes and calms the anger, and mindfulness penetrates it… You don’t need to discard or repress anything, not even your …

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Half-Mast

Brimfield, Ohio, is a very small town.  It was where my father was born, and where I was born.  It has pretty much been swallowed up by the larger communities that surround it, but when my father was a young man it was just a few hundred farmers and their families. Nevertheless, he knew two …

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Small Grey Pigeon

The artist doesn’t share her name, and uses the online handle “Ink.”  You can find her on the web HERE.

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Say “Bless You”

Yoko Ono’s Cleaning Pieces CLEANING PIECE I Write down a sad memory. Put it in a box. Burn the box and sprinkle the ashes in the field. You may give some ashes to a friend who shared the sadness. CLEANING PIECE II Make a numbered list of sadness in your life. Pile up stones corresponding …

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Don’t Do It

“It’s easy to focus on the negatives in your life and start complaining about what’s not good enough or what’s lacking. Don’t do it. Because it will steal your peace and you’ll never be satisfied with what you have, always wanting more. Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”  ~Ismail ibn Musa Menk

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Take Inventory

“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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