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“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace”.

Joan Borysen

Every week, I choose a different mindful topic to focus on as a woman, a parent and a creative soul.

This week’s intention is peace. But every week it should be peace, shouldn’t it?

In his book, “Peace is Every Step,” Thich Nhat Hanh writes that “Anger is an unpleasant feeling.”

“It is like a blazing flame that burns up our self-control and causes us to say and do things that we regret later.”

He goes on a bit later in that same paragraph to say, “A mind without anger is cool, fresh and sane. The absense of anger is the basis of real happiness, the basis of love and compassion.”

May you have peace of mind this week. May you have peace in the heart. May you have peace with what is and what isn’t and what may never be.

Peace for what we have and peace for what we will never in a million years find.

May you have peace when angry feelings rise to the top and want to burst out of you.

May you have peace when the noise level is so loud you can’t hear youself think.

May you also have a minute’s peace.

Peace for others who struggle.

Peace between siblings. Peace in the family.

Peace in knowing that right here, right now is perfect just the way it is.

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. John De Paola

Peace comes from within.

And may you find it everywhere you look this week.

Awesomely Awake Duo Posing in Anger

Even in the middle of chaos. Even in the middle of an argument. Even when you know you are right but lose the argument anyway. Even in the car stuck behind a slow driver, a bad driver. Even when you watch the news and you hear things you do not like, even when you want to plug your ears at the sounds of it all.

Practicing peace is simple. It is a matter of closing your eyes, breathing deep and uttering these words:

I am peace.
I am peace.

Om Shanti.
Om Shanti.

You can read about more weekly intentions HERE.