Tag Archives: Peace

Just Stop

So much to do, so little time to do it. We just never really stop. We don’t stop to see all the beauty that surrounds us in nature, in our lives, in the people we are interacting with on a daily basis.  We don’t have time.  Yet we crave it.  We crave the peace that exists inside the pause.  We crave the opportunity to appreciate and feel gratitude.  Yet so few of us experience it.  This is somethings that has fascinated me over the past few years, both for myself and in terms of watching others.

I recently started doing more work with people on meditation – teaching them how to meditate, what the benefits of meditation are, how to incorporate meditation into their lives, etc. And in my conversations with these folks I am continually amazed at the level of stress, frustration, apathy, and exhaustion that they are experiencing in their lives. When we break those feelings down for them it is abundantly clear that the constant “on the go” reality they live in is slowly sucking the life out of them.  And all they want is to find a way to make it stop.  I believe this is true for many more people as well.  In fact, I think it is somewhat of an epidemic in our society today.

We live in a society that says we can have anything we want super-fast. Yet relief from these kinds of feelings doesn’t come quickly – it requires a change in attitude and/or behavior…neither of which tend to change overnight. There is no quick fix.  It requires a change in how we view things, how we interact with things, and in how we live our lives as  a whole.  That means reprogramming how you have probably always done things.  That is not easy and it certainly is not quick.  And so we get easily discouraged and fall right back into those feelings of despair and frustration.  It is a vicious cycle.

But for those who persevere, who recognize you won’t break life-long habits in a day or even a week, the results can be life-altering. Like meditation though, it is a habit to work a little each day on adopting a new mindset and set of behaviors. You’ll have good days and bad days.  But if you just stop living as you have always lived and entertain the possibility of more and better in your life, you can begin a new journey which can result in a much happier and healthier way of living.

I teach meditation as one such tool for making that shift, though there are many other tools out there as well. I encourage you to find what works for you, embrace it, and settle in for the exciting journey ahead. You have nothing to lose – the alternative is more of what you already have and if that’s not what you crave, then why not give it a shot.  Simply put, this or something better please!

My Heart is Breaking

This is not the blog post that I had originally planned to share this week. But, in light of the events in Paris, I felt the need to share something different than I had initially prepared.

I have had the privilege of visiting Paris twice so far in my life time…and my third trip is set for this coming May. Simply put, I love Paris. I love the people, the culture, the food, the history, the language, the architecture.  I could live at the Louvre if they would let me.  The vibrancy and beauty that one experiences when visiting Paris is unparalleled in my opinion.  It is just such an amazing city – words alone can’t capture it adequately enough.  So to hear the news of such tragedy in this beautiful and beloved place is absolutely heart breaking.

My heart is breaking for the people of Paris, breaking for the state of things in the world, breaking at the sight of what we are capable of doing to one another in this world. The past few days I have found myself struggling to shake the heaviness and negative energy that seems to have fallen over us as a result of these events. The usual meditation, prayer, and energy cleansing rituals have just not been enough to help me bounce back as quickly as usual.  I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I have such a personal connection to Paris…but I also think there is something to be said for the fact that such events release unsettling energy into the universe that can be hard to get rid of in general.  We all feel it, we just describe it and deal with it in many different ways.  Nonetheless, I have been comforted by the number of calls to prayer, meditation and gatherings for the sake of oneness in the world on all the different social media channels though, as the first step to getting rid of the negative and replacing it with the positive is for masses of humans to come together in more positive, productive thoughts.

Peace and love start inside you and then expand outward. And while sometimes we tend to think that one person doesn’t have that big of an impact in the world, in cases like this I absolutely believe that we do. Start with yourself so that your impact on others and the rest of the world is one of peace and love, for that is how I think we will ultimately overcome and triumph.  Peace, prayers, and blessings to all those impacted by the shootings in Paris.