Peace Within, Harmony Without — 02.13.02

Guiding Thought

Knowing myself as Peace fortifies my inner awareness of the unity within. Through gratitude for the Life I Am, I connect with harmony. Through harmony, I am restored and strengthened, and am thus able to carry my Inner Peace to all of life’s activity surrounding me.

Reflection
Steve

Harmony – a blending of sounds together that are pleasing to hear. An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole. Relationship characterized by a lack of conflict.  In agreement.

Being in harmony with myself, my inner self, is what allows me to be in harmony with others. It is through our unity that we make our connections with each other, and with all life. If I am not in harmony internally, that is when my interactions with others seem to go crosswise. Then conflicts arise, misunderstandings occur, patience goes out the door.

To get back to harmony, If I can remember, I will take a deep breath, and repeat my mantram. This often helps to let the upset go, to not get “hooked” by an interaction that pushes my buttons in some fashion. Take a deep breath, look within. Let it go. I do this as best I can. Just remembering the mantram can in a split second allow me to not respond in a knee jerk way.

These little interactions may not seem like much, but what we practice at home, can be brought out into the world. And our world, our planet, our very lives are at risk from disharmonious actions throughout our cultures. Finding peace within, finding harmony within, with unity, finding a way to Be Peace is some of the most important and valuable work that we can do.

4 thoughts on “Peace Within, Harmony Without — 02.13.02

  1. PEACE DAY 2 – MARY
    Knowing myself as Peace is an interesting (and illusive) concept. I’ll try not to make this an on-going litany, but I’m now one week out from total knee replacement. Haven’t been out of the house in a week. The recovery process is being a bit more tedious than I had anticipated. It’s interesting just to be my own observer. There are times when I want to rebel against the need to spend several hours each day passively on the bed while a machine flexes and extends my knee. In those rebellious moments, harmony eludes me. Then, when I “let go” and accept that this is my path today, peace and harmony arrive. My focus shifts. I appreciate the caregiver who is committed to providing for my every need at this time. Another shift and I am appreciating the natural beauty outside my window, or the gentleness of the kitty beside me. I appreciate how much progress has already been made in the healing process. Harmony is, indeed restorative and strengthening. Think I’ll spend some time pondering the relationship between harmony and gratitude.

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  2. Journey of Peace – Day 2
    “Knowing myself as Peace fortifies my inner awareness of the unity within…”
    I like this word “fortify”. It is hearty, strong, and nourishing. Peace and harmony are often relegated to soft and squishy realms by those who need to be right, to be the winner, on top. But the Peace which fortifies me is broad and deep; it settles into my bones, my cells, and contributes to my inner harmony (all of those agreements of cooperation which aid in ease of function).
    Yesterday’s writing of my morning ritual with my body is very much a physical reflection of this notion. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I am nourishing and fortifying myself in ways that I am only beginning to feel and understand (as with any new practice).
    Whatever practices I take on to Know myself as Peace are the foundation as to how it is I carry on during my day. And here is the key word: practice. Practice always facilitates and deepens awareness.

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  3. Knowing myself as Peace fortifies my inner awareness of the unity within. Through gratitude for the Life I Am, I connect with harmony. Through harmony, I am restored and strengthened, and am thus able to carry my Inner Peace to all of life’s activity surrounding me.

    Reflection

    I’ve recently been meditating on the phrase “Ekam sat” (vipra bahudha vadanti)” — “Truth is One, (Sages call it by various names)”. My little brain has been using “Ekam Sat” like a mantra, repeating it, looking out to the world and thinking it, applying the phrase whenever, wherever.

    Everything is One, because ONLY Truth exists. Ekam Sat.

    Yes, we live in a relativist reality; yes everyone has a different perspective, a different opinion, a different experience; yes life is varied and diverse with multifarious manifestations.

    But behind/within All of Life is the same Being, the same Consciousness, which manifests Itself AS those multifarious forms.

    This week (Sept. 29-October 9), the world celebrates the festival of the Divine Mother, in all Her forms–Navratri. Traditionally (from India), the celebration honors Maa Durga in her three aspects as Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati, as well as in Her 9 forms, as Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri.

    The three are One. The nine are One. The One Manifests as “all these names and forms”.

    One is The Shakti, which is the vehicle through which the entire Universe is manifest. One is Shiva, the spirit or consciousness that is the Source of all matter; Shakti is what gives that spirit or consciousness particular forms. The Mother is the instrument for converting spirit into matter.

    Shakti is One. Shiva is One. Together they are also One. Together they unite and form multifarious manifestations which are also One.

    Ekam Sat.

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