Every morning after my meditation I read a passage from a book called Your True Home, The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, a beautiful gift from my friend and fellow meditation teacher Colleen.
When I read the following passage I knew that I wanted to share it with you.
#280 Being Peace
"There are many of us who are eager to work for peace, but we don't have peace within. Angrily, we shout for peace. And angrily we shout at the people who, like us, are also for peace; even people and groups dedicated to peacemaking sometimes fight among themselves.
If there is no peace in our heart, there can be no harmony among the peace workers. And if there is no harmony, there is no hope. If we're divided, if we're in despair, we can't serve; we can't do anything.
Peace must begin with ourselves; with the practice of sitting quietly, walking mindfully, taking care of our body, releasing the tension in our body, and in our feelings.
That is why the practice of being peace is at the foundation of the practice of doing peace. Being peace comes first. Doing peace is something that comes from that foundation."
Everything that I offer - meditation, reiki, qigong, retreats, the life lessons and tools that are always part of my classes - is solely to help you take care of yourself. For your own self-healing, for your own foundation of peace. I teach these because they worked for me and I continue to use them.
However you take this journey - just do it. Do it for yourself. Find what works for you. I’m forever grateful that I found my path through meditation. My husband began carving many years ago as a way to relieve the stress from his work life. Not only did he find relief in the moment, it stirred a creative passion in him that he’s now continued to pursue in many forms.
Stick with it. My husband was a ‘crisis’ carver, just like I was a ‘crisis’ meditator in my early meditation days. You do it when you’re feeling low, you begin to feel better and you stop. And then the cycle repeats itself. For me, eventually the light bulb went on and I realized how much better I felt when I meditated - and then I never stopped.
Find your way to that place of peace and self-healing and you'll feel the difference it can make in your life. I've been on the other side and I don't plan on ever going back!
Hi, Glenda here sharing my thoughts with you. I've discovered that what I really do is help people find more peace in a way that is real-world, practical and accessible to anyone. I'm a Certified davidji Masters of Wisdom & Meditation Teacher, a Reiki Master and facilitator and host of retreats and workshops. I welcome your comments and appreciate you taking the time to read this blog. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would simply like to reach out.