Tag Archive | acceptance

Why I Pray

source PinterestDuring prayer, when I go beyond life’s chatter and listen for the voice within that says ‘Be still and know that I Am God’ I fall into love and release attachment… to anything and everything. Through the process of connecting with the vastness of God’s power and love throughout the universe as well as in every fiber of my being, I fully let go and relax.

If I forget to pray, I lose my equanimity and can become grasping and desirous of outcomes. These lower energies are felt in my shoulders and stomach as tight muscles and tension, concern or worry, or even excitement and anticipation. Left undirected and untrained, my mind wanders and generates passionate reactions over this and that, with emotions as unstable as sand beneath my feet.

But when I carve out time to sit and be still, to quiet my thoughts and go deeply within, everything in my life benefits. The time I spend in prayer and meditation grants me a sense of stability that speaks to me of ‘building my house on a rock’.

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ~unknown

source PinterestDeepak Chopra shared in an interview that there has not been a quarrel in his family for decades. He has worked on and mastered his inner calm and remains unflustered by outer events. I admire that and work towards it. Whether I am driving in traffic (often a button for me) or preparing a meal for many people, I endeavor to bring the results of my daily prayers to the task. A sense of non-attachment is what I am learning, and from which I have discovered tremendous calm.

As one who used to live amidst perfectionist tendencies, learning to release outcomes has improved my life. I still make lists to help me stay on track. I still plan ahead because it helps set me up for success. And I still visualize the best and highest outcome, yet I now include the phrase ‘this or something better’ and turn it over to God.

Putting it all in God’s hands makes me feel safer than when I used to strive to be in control. Having been on my own from a young age, taking care of all I could was an essential skill. However now it no longer serves but rather limits my true freedom. I’ve learned that when I forget to pray and attempt to control things, events, and people around me, deep within I feel unsafe.

For example, driving alone to attend an evening workshop across the city can generate feelings of fear if I’m only operating from my logical human awareness. I attempt to be in control and know everything: where to park and will it be well-lit; how early should I get there to get a close spot; can I walk out with a crowd to remain safe on the way back to my car; is my car fully gassed up; battery charged on the cell phone; and someone knows where I’m going and when I will return home?
Certainly all these steps help ensure security but they do not help me FEEL any safer. Only prayer helps me feel safe and secure. It is in acknowledging I control nothing that I notice the solid rock beneath me. It is in letting go of my human attachment to control that I truly feel safe. I embrace my trust and celebrate my faith in the One who controls everything.

faith is courageMatthew 7:24-27 NIV ~ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

This is what prayer and meditation does for me. It is the rock beneath my feet and the awareness that I am truly safe.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

 

All Are Safe Here

“The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.” George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. ~Robert Green Ingersoll (May 8, 1888)

[Images from Pinterest. Quote sources: Mr. Ingersoll here and Mr. Eliot here]

The Reason For My Birth

In my recent post ‘The Great Peace March’ I shared a song that motivated me to learn how to make a lyrics video. To this day, even after hundreds of times listening to this song I still choke up. I love my family of humanity! We are all brothers and sisters. I especially enjoy how this part of the poetry in the song describes us as colorful reflections and parts of the whole wonderful world we share. 

Are you black like night or red like clay, are you gold like sun or brown like earth, grey like mist or white like moon? My love for you is the reason for my birth!


With gratitude to those who made these images, found online a while back. Unfortunately they didn’t put their names on it or else I would too. I’m getting better now at providing links [or at least sources] to images. That’s why, in the sidebar, I’ve put links to my Pinterest and Facebook locations. There’s an endless abundance of inspiring images to enjoy and share. My Facebook page is brand new so you’re invited to come in on the grassroots level and add ‘Like’ number three if you enjoy it! {LOL}
In the sidebar you’ll also see a link to my YouTube channel to enjoy these words mentioned above sung by Holly Near as well as other uplifting videos. May you enjoy. Namaste. Gina

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

All The Good You Can

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can. ~John Wesley

BE Love

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. ~Ram Dass

A Global Family

“From the inception of our country, it has been a mainstay of American consciousness that the fabric of our nation would be woven from the threads of myriad national and ethnic identities. We would be the melting pot of all nations. The vast majority of Americans are descendants of immigrants, yet we often act as though today’s immigrants don’t deserve what we do, that we have something to protect from their encroachment. It seems paradoxical to me that we would brag about our ancestors coming over on the Mayflower, yet condemn someone trying to do the very same thing today. Of course there are immigrants who abuse our system, just as there are people born here who abuse our system. The truth is that the majority of today’s immigrants bring with them an infusion of the same values that our ancestors personified, the values America is so sorely lacking. They are people willing to work hard for themselves and their families. Our children do not stand to be corrupted by their values so much as their children stand to be corrupted by ours.”
~ Marianne Williamson, Illuminata [chapter 'Prayers for the World']

Kindness for All

“The highest result of education is tolerance” ~ Helen Keller

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” 

~ George Washington Carver

[Admitting mistakes and making amends is part of growth. I had not double-checked the quote in orange before posting. I apologize and have updated it after checking Wikiquote as being said by the great Mr. Carver. I welcome your comments if you see I've made an error in who said what. Thank you]

We Are All Shades of Pantone

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, Shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river… each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.” ~ Rumi

pantone-skin-color-angelica-dass
In an ongoing portrait series, artist Angelica Dass photographs people with backgrounds that are tinted with Pantone colors to match the subjects’ skin colors. You can see many more at her Tumblr.

Demonstrate Kindness

 One of the most helpful things I can do for world peace is create peace within my own heart. As each of us uncovers and reflects ever more peace in our lives, we are fostering peace everywhere. May each of us demonstrate kindness and role model compassion to all those around us, especially young people. Honesty, integrity, and morality are the types of characteristics to embody, live from and look for in others, not racial, religious, or other differences.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

These uplifting [but unable to be sourced] images are gathered and shared with love for us all.  ~Namaste. Gina

Be At Peace Here And Now

taken a few days ago but we've had more snow since

taken a few days ago,
we have more snow now

As the snow continues falling I find myself more at peace with it today. Yesterday my inner pendulum had swung away from my recent admiration of snow’s beauty in the wind, to feeling trapped indoors behind daggers of ice. The icicle display of freeze-thaw evidence is harmless and really quite beautiful depending on the viewer’s perspective. [my other blog’s post]

Peace begins within.

Not being at peace with what IS is akin to trying to push the river or stop the dawn. Yet much of my life used to be filled with angst generated by my inability to accept what was happening in a particular moment. Take traffic for example.

Years ago I had an epiphany* in traffic that improved my driving. And my life. It was during a frequent merge, up an incline with a curve to the right and a very long length of lane to accelerate to highway speed (110km/h). I was directly behind a car that was going 40km/h under the speed limit. Practically growling at their (or their vehicle’s) incompetence, I glanced frantically over my shoulder with hopes of passing. In seeing a line of traffic led by a massive truck, I sat back and momentarily took my foot off the gas to allow space from the slow car.

sunbeamsIn that moment I observed, as if from a distance (my Higher Self), how my blood pressure had shot up. I saw how my wheel-clutching tension had materialized suddenly from what had been, moments earlier, a peaceful and loving morning at home. It was in that instant of really seeing myself that I let go and felt the tension melt away. All semblance of hardness left me, replaced with the softness of grace. I actually felt taller as a blanket of gentleness settled over me and I saw that I was resisting What Is. This is my moment, right here and right now, and just look at how lovely the sky is ahead. Those clouds are beautiful. There we go, that’s more like it! Feeling like my peaceful self again.

source FB PeaceFlash

source FB/PeaceFlash

Peace rediscovered in an instant behind a slow-moving car that I had erroneously given away my power to. I had given an external happenstance the power over my emotions and how my day was unfolding. In a moment of grace as I like to call it, or the lovely multi-syllable word epiphany, I reclaimed my power by birthright. Free will. The power of choice and I choose peace. A radiant peace began emanating from my heart. Everywhere. At the driver of that slow car, and the truck that whizzed past. I gave thanks to the drivers behind me who hadn’t honked, but even if they had I was too busy relishing my happiness to have even noticed or cared. 

That hard feeling of inflexibility doesn’t stand a chance when met with the encompassing power of grace that comes with the acceptance of What Is. Happiness blooms in my heart as I remember to be gentle and calm. No matter if I’m being detained, or they’re sold out of something I need, or it’s snowing when I want warm sunshine. No outer event need ruffle my inner pond of peace. Peace blossoms with letting go, and letting the moment just be. It Is and I Am. Thank You God For This Day.

May I remember to say this phrase of unconditional love and gratitude for this precise moment.
May I overflow with peace and thankfulness that I am alive and breathing and here. May we all.
May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

*Epiphany: ‘the moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you, or a powerful religious experience’ [source]. I share this note for my love of the word, and not because any reader here wouldn’t know. It’s celebrating this word over saying ‘an AHA moment’ although I love all moments of insight and growth, no matter what they’re called.

Travel Light

Romans 12:12 NIV ~ Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

“The greatest spiritual achievement is to maintain a sustained inner equilibrium in the midst of the fluctuating upheavals and demands of daily life.

Our moment-by-moment behavior and mood is the measurement of our true freedom. Cultivate a calm and peaceful disposition. Practice acceptance and surrender to life as it is and spiritual freedom will be yours.”

~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

God Knows My Heart

“Today I am so grateful that God knows my heart. Others may misunderstand my good intentions, judge my words or deeds, find fault, or blame what they do not understand. But God knows my heart. He knows I am learning, trying, endeavoring, to be all He created me to be.”

~ Lori Nawyn, The Gratitude Journal Project

Art by Lori Nawyn

Art by Lori Nawyn

This sweet image and wise saying by the talented
Lori Nawyn lifts my heart and brightens my day.
May it uplift your heart as well. Blessings. Gina

Love Your Life

Just as Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors discovers in the movie Groundhog Day, let us remember that happiness is an inside job. For whatever reason this rude, unkind man has been gifted with a repeating day that will not release him until he learns to love his life. Even his striving to ‘get the girl’ must be released and replaced with his development of a love affair with his own life. It is through acceptance, growing, and caring for others that he, and each of us, finds genuine happiness.

May we all discover the beauty amidst the imperfections, the joy amongst the hurts, and the abundant bliss waiting to be noticed within the ordinary every day life we live. Let’s open up to the miracle and learn to love our life, today, just the way it is. May this day, and every day, be as a celebration in our hearts.

The Secret To Loving Your Beautiful, Imperfect Life

by Kate Bratskeir
Excerpt:
“Bliss, instead, relies on just one individual: You.
Bliss isn’t a matter of perceiving your life as utopia. ‘We can’t be Pollyannaish,’ [he] says. ‘In our lives, things always go wrong. None of us have perfect lives.’ The wonder of bliss, however, is that it prevents the inevitable things that do go wrong from devastating us. When we tap into bliss, ‘things really can shift.’
To activate the transformational principles of bliss, you have to make tapping into your bliss a daily practice. But this isn’t as daunting as it seems. ‘None of this is very hard to do, you just have to do a little bit every day and you can make tremendous progress very quickly,’ the teacher encourages. You have control of your thoughts, and there are a few tried and true techniques to guide these thoughts toward bliss.” ~ source: Huffington Post