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Peace Place is a free online journal. Here you'll find  gentle invitations and suggestions for bringing more peace into your life as well as links to some other peace related sites on the web you may find interesting. You are welcome!
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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Peaceful Time of the Year
The holiday season is upon us. Lines of cars spiral slowly down freeways towards the many shopping malls. Parking lots are jammed. Store coupons come our way more often than snowflakes. Tempers flare or become shorter with all the additional pressures our consumer culture heaps upon us at this time of year. Christmas has very nearly become Consumer Day in our culture and many children weigh the success of the day by the number or appropriateness of the gifts they have received.
All of the external activities of this time of year can leave our internal worlds famished and gasping for air. We have choices to make as the turn of the year approaches and they are critical to our work as peacemakers. Take awareness along with you as you plan this season's activities. Just being aware of the choices you are making for your participation in the "hustle and bustle" of this time of year can light the way toward a more fulfilling, joyful and peaceful time of year. Take peace along with you. Breathe. And know you are not alone on the journey.Peace, joy, and goodwill to you and your world. Peace.
10:52 am est 

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Wonder why?
Have you ever wondered why there are wars? When you were a child you had fights with your siblings or friends over turf and toys, no doubt. Usually these ended up with someone saying something hurtful or even pushing another and feelings welled up...why is this happening to me? I don't deserve to be treated this way. We have a natural instinct for injustice when it seems to come in our direction. Do we have the same instinct for injustice which we ourselves may be perpetrating? Maybe we don't even realize what we are doing until someone "pushes back" and we take note that something we have said or done has caused this reaction. Looking more deeply at situations both in our immediate sphere of influence and in the wider world takes a moment of reflection. A pause to reconsider the source of the conflict and a moment to gain some perspective on our own participation in it. Taking time is not wasting time. Thoughtful reflection is not a luxury.It is essential if we are to move beyond the playground of our youth to a mature and responsible comprehension of our work and our possibilities in the face of conflict. Take time. Take a moment. Take a breath. Peace.
10:09 am est 

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Count to Ten
Perhaps when you were a child your parents gave you the advice to count to ten before you became angry. The notion that giving yourself time to cool down before you blow up may be a child's instruction but it is an adult process and challenge. What if we did count to ten before reacting to something which enrages us? What if we worked to respond to a situation after a cooling off period rather than reacting to it in a fit of rage? Anger takes a tremendous amount of energy which could be spent in a more constructive process of consciously considering all the circumstances involved in a situation. Thoughtfulness is available to all of us, but it is of no use unless we acknowledge its gifts and invite it along with us, even in moments of frustration and defensiveness. An Indian philosopher said years ago, "Only the fool becomes angry...The wise person understands."  Peace to you today. Peace.
7:54 pm est 

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Pearl Harbor Today
Years after the attack on Pearl Harbor the date is still commemorated. We have a choice as to how we remember the event, though. We may remember it as a reminder of attack or we may remember it as a reminder that working for peace is something that is ongoing, before and beyond Pearl Harbor and September llth. We may reflect on these events as reminders of the incompletion of the human spirit and soul. Pearl Harbor is an event but each one of us has no doubt experienced ourown version of Pearl Harbor in our lives...times when we felt misunderstood and perhaps attacked by words or deeds we felt were undeserved.  These moments are life defining and so they become opportunities for personal excavation and evaluation...why did they occur? What was our role in contributing to/creating them? Where do we go from that point on. The opportunity and the challenge of moving forward without the angry bitterness and seeking for revenge that may seem so well deserved is clear. We choose our future in the ways in which we respond. Choose peace. Choose perspective. Peace.
7:43 pm est 

Monday, December 6, 2004

Peace and Snow
Can anything be as peaceful as the first gentle snow of the Winter season? Listen to the sound of soft white flakes as they drift downward past clouds, trees, buildings , cars and squirrels. The journey of a snowflake requires no effort. It is in the nature of the snowflake to fall in cooperation with nature join with other snowflakes in a quiet symphony of serenity. Take time these coming months to appreciate the beauty and gentle lessons of a snowflake. Savoring the natural beauty around us can put us in touch with that within us. Peace and stillness to you today. Peace.
10:33 am est 

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