Be At Peace Here And Now

03/27/2014
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 almost upon me led by a massive truck, I sat back and momentarily took my foot off the gas to allow space from the slow car ahead.

sunbeamsI observed, as if from a distance (my Higher Self), how my blood pressure had shot up just because the person in front couldn’t get up to speed to join the freeway. 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. Namaste. Gina

© 2014 Gina ~ Professions for Peace

30 responses to Be At Peace Here And Now

  1. 

    What a beautiful and inspiring post Gina. Perfect antidote for the snow falling. 🙂 And a wonderful reminder to find the beauty in all things.

  2. 

    I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
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    With love,
    Joe

    • 

      Bless your kind and generous heart my friend! I truly appreciate your inclusion of this blog in your list, and the non-attachment expressed here truly frees us both. Thank you, and I feel honored. With loving hugs of friendship, Gina [PS: Joe, you rock!]

  3. 

    I love the line that begins with “That hard feeling of inflexibility…” very well said.

  4. 

    If there is one place my impatience is likely to make an appearance, it’s behind the wheel – kudos to you for finding peace instead!
    Diana xo

  5. 
    paininhidingabuse 03/27/2014 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for reminding me once again to slow down ..was really inspiring!
    Take care!
    Love lis

  6. 

    Gina…what’s that saying…? “It is what it is.” That used to annoy me but now I find a certain calmness in it because I can relax and let it be. I just loved your post and I really do hope that you guys have seen the end of the snow this year. Because even though…it is what it is…enough is enough!! Haha ♡

    • 

      Yes it is enough snow! Thanks so much Lorrie, and like you I too am now more understanding of that old saying ‘It is what it is’. Thanks so much for your delightful comment my friend. xo Gina

  7. 

    Nothing like traffic and weather to take us off our center! Last night, hubby and I were watching “Frozen,” the Disney film that won the Academy for best animated. When I was reading your description of snow, I was totally thinking about that. Did you see it? In the end, it’s the act of true love (kudos to Disney for not dropping a stereotypical one in) that thaws the winter. Just like you, Gina. Pure love. Thanks for tapping into your higher self and sharing your stories with us. (I’m thinking “Frozen” then painting class–maybe of a snow scene. Great date night.:) Hugs! Jamie

    • 

      I’m so excited to watch that movie! It’s on my list, maybe even this weekend. What you’ve described resonates with my thoughts on how the act of true peace within ‘melts the snow’ and generates world peace. Love it! Your kind support and encouragement of my tapping into my higher self really invigorates me and I am so grateful. Thanks Jamie! big hugs, Gina xo

  8. 

    Namaste and a huge hug, Gina! Lovely words! I remember Mother Teresa said this – “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This talks about the peace with one another but all this can be achieved if we have the inner peace. That comes when we create a factory of love in our heart whose product & raw material is same – love!

    • 

      I love that quote Sarvjit! It is one of my favorites, ever. I am compiling some posts about world peace right now, and that quote is front and center. Love your idea of a ‘factory’ within where we keep generating more and more love. Thanks so much my friend.

  9. 

    I need to take a leaf out of your book!

  10. 

    “Happiness blooms in my heart as I remember to be gentle and calm.” Gina – so insuring for today. I will keep this thought with me. Val x

  11. 

    May you inner peace continue to inspire it in others, Gina.
    Russ

  12. 

    I feel calmer after reading this.

  13. 

    Gina, this was just lovely and so, so true. Peace always begins with me, with us. And if more people would remember this on the road a whole lot more of us would be making it to our destinations, and I don’t mean our final one! It’s easy where I live to get a little frustrated because almost all the roads are 2 lane blacktops with a double line, and always when we’re running a little late, is the person ahead of us driving under the speed limit, it seems. It’s another lesson we’re given, just like yours on the highway. Sometimes I remind myself that the person ahead may be a little older, (and I’ll be there), may be unfamiliar with the area and looking for their turnoff or exit, (I’ve been there), or maybe just enjoying the beautiful day, (note to self – be there, too!)
    Thanks for your thoughts and words.
    Jeanne

    • 

      Thank you for sharing this delightful comment. I love how you turn those moments ‘trapped’ on the blacktop, into a ‘lesson we’re given’. I also try to imagine the driver of the car as unsure, maybe a visitor, or perhaps older or just enjoying the scenery, as you mentioned. Also if my impatience wants to flare up I imagine the driver is someone whom I respect and admire – would I want them to look in their rearview mirror and see my impatience, or would I give them all the time and space in the world? Thanks again for your really great comment Jeanne. Hugs, Gina

  14. 

    Wow, Gina. This is exactly what I have been thinking about lately, and I decided that practicing the presence of the present moment, as Brother Lawrence teaches, is my focus for April. By being present in the moment, and taking a deep breath in the moment, then I nurture peace within myself. So, regardless of what happens around me, i stand firm, and at peace, and grateful for the present moment. What a lovely gem of inspiration you are!

    • 

      Another fan of the teachings of Brother Lawrence! Last summer I posted about a day in my garden, weeding, when his teachings settled over me like a mantle of peace and I cherished every moment of the weeding process. I bring his wisdom with me to help me see God during the most mundane of tasks. Your kind support and friendship means so much to me Liz! hugs xo

  15. 

    It is a wonderful feeling when you get washed in that peace inside. You are so right we shouldn’t let outside entities invade our inner peace.

    • 

      Beautifully put, poetic-you! And yes it is an incredible feeling. I love when I feel filled to overflowing with bliss and gratitude. Thanks for commenting Kim. xo G