Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Mindfulness-Mindful of peace

In a troubled world my daily prayer is for peace.  Peace begins with each and every one of us. When we have peace in ourselves, we can be at peace with others and this peace can then radiate out into your community and into the world. 

What does it take to be at peace within ourselves?  
It means a tension free body and mind.  It means practcing ahimsa, non-harming, in thought, word and deed.  Key to ahimsa is acceptance of ourselves, for until we learn to accept ourselves just as we are, we cannot be tolerant or accepting of others. In the same way, we need to learn to love ourselves.  Until we have self-love, we cannot reach out to love others.  If we cannot be compassionate to ourselves and part of this is learning to forgive ourselves, we cannot be compassionate to others or extend forgiveness to them.

It also means realising that each and every one of us is connected. I love the metaphor of us all being 'drops of water in the ocean of humanity'. We share the same Earth, the same breath, the same needs for food, water and a safe place to live. Once we 'pull together' instead of apart we can begin to heal. We can then turn our attention  to creating a peaceful Earth.  We are custodians of this earth but we have not been taking good care of her. As I write, there is a glimmer of hope.  196 nations have agreed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in order to curb global warming.

In this week's video, we begin to create peace in ourselves through releasing tension in body and mind in order to radiate peace to our families and friends, our communities and all the world. For the yoga video please see, 'Mindfulness-Mindful of peace' on my YouTube Channel-

Peace on earth - now wouldn't that be a wonderful Christmas present for each and every one of us.

Peace and blessings,
Janet x

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