My Body Is the Gateway for the Preparation of Peace — 02.13.16

Guiding Thought

Prepare your mind for Peace. Prepare your mind to recognize that above all else, you want the Peace that passeth all understanding. Today, offer only this, in humility and gratitude to your Divine Self: be willing to let the Peace of God be what it is, and accept yourself as you are meant to be.


I get the preparation component. I am good at it, or so I believe, and yet I find myself staring face to face my lineage of religious baggage of unworthiness. How dare I align my own being with Divinity? How dare I really ask for what I want! This spiritual growth stuff supposed to be hard, hard work. I need to escape my body, this material world.

No! No, this spiritual work and even the preparing my mind for peace are meant to be simple and soft. I keep getting reminded of this in my work as a massage therapist. I often forget, and then comes the   “aha”. Back off, soften and voila: the tissue beneath my hands opens. It is as simple as that; so little effort can bring about a big release. And very often there is little to no discomfort with this way of work.

Mary Oliver in the opening stanza of her poem Wild Geese:

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

    love what it loves.

My body is the gateway for the preparation of Peace. I have only to soften. I am humbled each time I stumble upon my own forgetting and then grateful for remembering how simple the process is.