Meant to Be — 02.13.06

 

Guiding Thought

I prepare my mind for Peace. I prepare my mind to recognize that above all else, I want the Peace that passeth understanding. Today, I offer only this, in humility, and gratitude to my Divine Self: I am willing to let the Peace of God be what it is and I accept myself as I am meant to be.

Reflection
Steve

To accept myself as I am, as I am meant to be is a big step. For myself, my inner critic is still sometimes a strong voice. It is sometimes hidden, but still there. Recognizing that voice, and letting it go has been very helpful to my peace and wellbeing. More and more, I am okay with myself, as I am. I don’t need to be “fixed”.  I only need to get out of my own way. My desire for internal peace drives me on this journey.

I welcome peace, I deserve peace, I am peace.

I am grateful for this wondrous human life that God has given me. I am humbled by the beauty of our world. I accept the Peace of God as it is.

I am meant to be.

5 thoughts on “Meant to Be — 02.13.06

  1. Day 6 – Mary
    I prepare my mind for Peace. How do I do that? I guess I do so by – well, the first “meditation” class I took was called Silva “Mind Control”. So, I guess I prepare my mind for Peace via “mind control”. (Doesn’t sound all that peaceful, does it?) That would be a bit of mental discipline. Sometimes it starts with a head-to-toe body relaxation routine. Sometimes it’s a favorite mantra, or set of mantras. Sometimes it’s counting backward, or saying an “adult” version of the prayers I said as a child. Preparing my mind for Peace is bringing my mind to a Peaceful place. In some Buddhist traditions, there’s this lovely state named “calm abiding”. I do my best to walk in this place through my day. Years ago, we were very actively involved in the “Peace Movement”. You know, anti war, anti nuclear, anti-all kinds of things. It was being an active part of “the struggle”. Then, one day, a Buddhist Nun said to me “you cannot fight for peace, you must walk in peace”. The struggle ended for me in that moment. And so, decades later, I still do my best to walk from “calm abiding”, an internal place of Peace, regardless of what chaos might be swirling around outside my pool of quiet. Perhaps some of that calm rubs off to settle others’ struggles a bit.

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  2. I prepare my mind for Peace. I prepare my mind to recognize that above all else, I want the Peace that passeth understanding. Today, I offer only this, in humility, and gratitude to my Divine Self: I am willing to let the Peace of God be what it is and I accept myself as I am meant to be.

    Reflection

    Whenever I think about the Peace that passeth understanding, my mind always goes to Daniel being lead to the lions’ den. I know that as Daniel was being lead, he was not worried; he was not fearful; he walked and entered the lions’ den with the Peace that passeth understanding. His mind was prepared for Peace.

    I think about all of the things that people today are so worried about– bills, jobs, bosses, work, food, arguments, politics, on and on. Very few people in today’s world come anywhere near the peace that Daniel had. We get riled up at the smallest things; imagine being escorted to a lions’ den!

    What does it mean to prepare the mind for Peace?

    For me, both Daniel and Lita offer clues. Lita says, “But I do like this idea of ritual, and I suspect my ego does too, for the orderliness which ritual implies and preparation it takes…” And Daniel prayed three times every day–the act that got him into the lions’ den in the first place.

    These point to ritual, repetition, and the repetition of ritual that prepare the mind for Peace.

    I, too, like the orderliness of ritual. I like prayer rituals. I like when my mind is involved in speaking words that have been used as praise, protection, and blessing for thousands of years. The words have the weight and momentum of millions upon millions of repetitions behind them. I am not guessing or stabbing in the dark or using the latest affirmation. I am repeating a ritual that has been used as a means to communicate with God for millennia by millions.

    These ancient prayers gently escort the mind to God, the Source of Peace. And when the mind approaches, and can feel itself within the Peace of God, the only thought becomes, “may I be here, with You, as I am”.

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  3. Journey of Peace – Day 6 – Lita
    I prepare my mind for Peace. I prepare my mind…
    I prepare my mind for Peace. Is this a conversation with my ego, a ritual to set aside all of the control, machinations, and self judgement of worthiness, or lack thereof?
    The “they” who know me well, know how much of a head person I am, so it is rather easy for me to stay in conversation with my ego and the debate for control. But I do like this idea of ritual, and I suspect my ego does too, for the orderliness which ritual implies and preparation it takes to pull off a successful and seamless event.
    Preparation is very much mental and here is my script stating wants, desires, intentions, and an open willingness to receive: I want the Big Peace, not the little peace with which my ego is in constant negotiation. I want the Peace, that is not just mental, but whole body, quantum level, The Big Mind Peace, Mystical Peace. These are all variations of the “Peace that passeth all understanding”.
    This ritual of mental clearing is necessary, for in whatever form Peace arises, I may have no words.

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