Yesterday was World Day of Peace, and I was a heck of a lucky girl to be spending it with the Dalai Lama himself, then joining thousands of folk in Trafalgar Square for a meditation!! Seriously, I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that awesome experience.
And you know what struck me about his message, what it always comes back to, ALWAYS….is that inner peace is a choice. Deep stillness doesn’t arise because the world is OK or our mind is quiet. It’s can’t simply be an ideal, or a feeling that we wait to wash over us, or for someone else to ‘fix’.
IT’s AN INSIDE JOB, Yes! But peace is something we DO (or don’t!) from moment to moment – every time we speak up, every time we respond, send an email, make a decision or deal with a difficult situation. It takes a firm conviction to BE peace, and it helps if we can learn how to surf those waves of life, instead of constantly being scared that the next one will drown us.
We spread around us what we have within us. Our only power lies in our commitment to make the world within ourselves more loving and peaceful and compassionate. Because that’s the stuff we need to be spreading. Come join me for a practice of peace this week, let’s start here.
Sending you so much love, Deborah