Most of us spend our lives trying to find peace. Peace with ourselves, peace with others, peace in the world. Other words are associated with peace; words like love, respect, acceptance, forgiveness. What are you trying to accept in yourself right now? For me it is a struggle to accept things I have done or said in the past, even though they were just the normal mistakes of growing up, or words spoken without understanding, and nothing too awful. Yet I know to find peace with myself and others I must allow the natural peace in my heart to shine through, so I continue to examine those negative memories/stories when they arise, to defuse them, to have compassion and find acceptance. By accepting ourselves we can offer others the liberating gift of acceptance too. If we can all do this our peace will become the peace of the world.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. – Wendell Berry
Like the poet I find great comfort in wild things, and in the blogs that share photos and stories of the natural world. I believe we can blog for peace … if you would like to join in pop over here http://everydaygurus.com/2012/12/26/wouldnt-it-be-great-if-peace-went-viral/