One of my teachers for decades has been author Alan Cohen, and today I’m sharing a special excerpt from his wonderful book A Deep Breath of Life. May you enjoy, and may all of us learn to live from a place of thankfulness and thereby enrich the quality of our lives, and the world. Namaste. Gina
“One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” ~John F. Kennedy
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William Janes
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” ~Daphne Rae, Love Until It Hurts, 1980 (often erroneously attributed to Mother Teresa)
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a wonderful organization who I’ve celebrated before and they deserve repeating. They generate ideas for ways that anyone can share acts of kindness. I’ve provided a link in this image to the page where these kind people have shared hundreds of ideas to help spark our own. May this list give us a great start, and may our visits to their site deepen the realization that the possibilities and opportunities for sharing kindness are practically endless.
Let’s be encouraged and encouraging! Each one of us can make a difference, each and every day.
Related reading you may enjoy from a post I did celebrating this fantastic foundation:
Having been inspired by this song since the early nineties, I wanted to share it. However, after not being able to find it anywhere on YouTube, I decided to join, create my channel, and learn how to make a lyrics video.
While I am indeed a YouTube neophyte, I’m pleased with the result of this, my very first lyrics video! Of course if an Ad pops up you’ll need to click the ‘x’ to close it so you can read the lyrics.
It is my sincere wish that you will enjoy this inspiring song for world peace, written and performed by singer, songwriter, and activist Holly Near.
We will have peace!
You may also enjoy my post from last year with another incredible song for world peace. I discovered Ella’s Song through Holly Near’s cover of it on her 1990 album Singer In The Storm. In this post you can enjoy a YouTube recording being performed by the exceptionally talented group, Sweet Honey In The Rock:
“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.” ~Voltaire
“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” ~John F. Kennedy
“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]
Love is not a sentimental emotion. Love is a state of being, a force of the Universe. Love is the binding energy at the core of all Creation. Love pulls and holds all things together. Atoms are drawn to one another to create themselves into molecules. Molecules unite into cell, cells into matter, muscle, blood and bones. Love holds the moon to the earth, the earth to the sun, the sun to the galaxy. We exist because of Love. Love is the Great Attractor, the permanent, binding energetic fusion that holds all Creation together, uniting us into One. ~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
If you’re not following Neil deGrasse Tyson’s COSMOS, I encourage you to check it out.
Be prepared to be inspired and amazed! [click to visit website CosmosOnTV.com]
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
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.
In 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.
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.
Elevate the Energy of your Party!
I’m the kind of person who enjoys celebrating. I like theme parties, block parties, and potlucks. I like getting to know my neighbours names, and staying in touch with friends and family. Any event is a great reason to plan a get together.
Building and strengthening relationships helps build happy communities which helps foster peace. Joyful gatherings help people feel good, and as within, so without. Let us feel joy and radiate it outwards. Here’s my click-to-open slideshow celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. May it bring you a smile and spark your creativity to host, co-host, or encourage a family-friendly party.
Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we’ve put it in an impossible situation. ~ Margaret Mead
Members of one family rarely grow up under the same roof. ~ Richard Bach
Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~ Albert Einstein
To see more of this collection, visit my St Pat’s Pinterest board
Related reading at my other blog:
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
~ Albert Einstein
I have long believed in the power of visualizing what I want to see in my life. This is why I learned to release worry. To participate in worrisome reflections is to contemplate what I do NOT wish to see. Therefore I refuse to worry. I now only look at, and think on, that which I want to experience.
Years ago when my sons were small and went camping with their dad, I permitted the bad mental habit of worry to fester. After waving goodbye I would fight back tears, sometimes outright crying, as I worried about all the dangers lurking in the backcountry.
There were cliffs to fall from, lightning strikes in those high open places, and lions and tigers and BEARS! Oh my! Okay, no real tigers in my part of the world, but worry tore at my mind like claws.
Then the light switch flicked on in my brain as I saw what I was doing: I was visualizing – with emotion! – the worst possible scenarios. A chill ran through me as I suddenly understood I was inadvertently meditating with feeling for an outcome I did NOT want. I immediately began imagining, with great joy, my boys arriving home with happy shouts of “Mommy! Mommy!” I felt their hugs and could hear breathless animated tales of campfires under stars and big fish caught.
Any moment my mind began to wander down a dark pathway about the latest grizzly bear mauling or forest fire started by lightning, I would take a breath, shake off that erroneous use of my creative mind, and replace it with the imagined sounds of happy shouting boys bursting through the front door. And guess which one always came true for me? The young men who are my grown sons now have amazing stories from their youth of the times they hiked and camped in the wild backcountry. And I learned a valuable life lesson to only visualize that which I want to experience. I encourage you to do the same. Maintain the highest viewpoint possible and create a joyous life.
Proverbs 4:23 NCV ~ Be careful what you think,
because your thoughts run your life.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE