Expressing Peace. Evening. 40.

Evening Peace

Evening Peace – Ravi Patel

The sun sets with sigh-like peacefulness. Evening peace delights. End of day complement to the morning sun’s energetic burst.

Evening marks our gentle transition from the busy-ness of day to the easy-ness of night. Evening suggests the peace at the end of a task when we put away our tools, our work, our need to do. Evening suggests the end of a journey from morning through afternoon to evening, a journey marked by stops and starts, its destination this peaceful hour.

As evening is the close of day, so is it the doorway to nighttime. That means rest and relaxation. That means stillness rather than motion. That means reflection without analysis.

Evening surrounds us with peace. Evening allows us to reflect on our day and give thanks for our achievements. Evening encourages us to settle and release, encourages forgiveness of ourselves and how we may have perceived others.

Sweet Spirit,
with the work of the day behind us,
the sleep of the night ahead,
we shelter ourselves in your blessing of evening.
Now we can enjoy looking back to the talk, the go,
the bustle and the hustle, the darting and dodging
that was the day.
Now we can enjoy looking forward to the quiet, the stillness,
the calm and comfort, the resting and refreshing
that comes with nighttime.
This wonderful hour between sunset and nightfall
gives us a measure of peace,
a chance to recognize the Peace that is
of all things, all beings, all time.
The Peace that gives us day and night
and evening in between.
And so it is. And so we’re grateful.
Amen. Amen.

Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.



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Expressing Peace. Hugs. 39.

Hugging Peace

Hugging Peace

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness.” Thich Nhat Hanh

For me there is a wonderful exchange of energy, spiritual wellness, and respect when I hug and am hugged by someone. It’s a physical namaste. It expresses the presence of Divinity — love, peace, truth — in each of us. Thus it affirms that we are One.

Some people love hugging. Some people do not. Respecting either is important. Offering a welcomed hug is a gift. Forcing a hug on someone who’d rather not can exchange not-so-good energies.

A shared hug delivers peace of mind, of heart, of breath, of joy. Such a hug comes from the Peace each of us is.

Open arms and a moment’s hesitation, to insure the other is accepting, can be the opening of a beautiful shared prayer: a hug.

Giver of Eternal Hugs,
the pleasure of holding another,
heart to heart,
brings awareness of all we are
and all we share and all we have.
The moment we allow our consciousness
to know the One we are
increases a hug’s abundant wealth
of Love and Peace and Joy.
Thank you, Sweet Spirit, for holding us
in your forever hug
and for letting us know the Truth we share
when we hug one another.
And so it is.
Amen. Amen.

Enjoy Peace. Hug Peace.

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Expressing Peace. Peaceful Aging. 38

Peaceful Aging

Peaceful Aging

Everyone wants peaceful aging–the peaceful part at least.

Our society has long revered youth and youthfulness. When I was 6, my grandmother was 50. That was ancient to me. Now I see stars of Cialis and Viagra commercials younger than my grandmother was back then. Seems like the message is: “You don’t have to be old. Well, yes, you do but you can do it by staying young.”

Here’s what’s important to remember: our physical being is far from all we are. The media urge us to hold on to our beauty and fitness and sexuality. All of that is physical. We are more than that.

Not saying let go of the physical. But I like the advice from Judith Orloff, M.D.. She says to pay attention to “your physical, emotional, spiritual, and energetic well-being to boost health and lessen negativity. To age radiantly, you must embrace all these elements…” I equate Orloff’s radiant aging with peaceful aging.

Appreciate what your body can still do. Be thankful for the actions you can still perform, especially as you recall what was once possible.

Reflect on your emotional growth. Growth is a form of aging. As we mature emotionally, we age. Mark instances when you’ve shown such growth. That’s evidence of peaceful aging emotionally.

What forms does your energy manifest now? Energy to learn? Energy to socialize? Energy to complete tasks, hobbies? Such energy is fuel for peaceful aging. The desire to do is a cause of peace.

Spiritual well-being is the foundation of all well-being. It is the Peace we are, the Peace we know, the Peace that flows through all aspects of our aging, not just our physical costumes. How do you nurture your spiritual essence? How do you allow it to further your peaceful aging?

Guiding GOD,
as our bodies age, our Spirit flourishes.
As we recognize the changes in our physical
abilities and strengths,
we appreciate our emotional growth.
As we feel the changes in our energies,
we know they are not lessened
but redirected.
Guiding GOD, we cherish your steering hand
as we learn the body is a tool
by which we enjoy this human phase.
We cherish your guiding Love
that teaches us again and again
the Spirit we are is endless,
not bound to physical skills or beauty.
Age is only human. Spirit is eternal.
With that we can enjoy our peaceful aging.
And so it is.
Amen. Amen.

Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.


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