Peace Be! #2: Always Preparing or Always Prepared? — 02.13.26

Guiding Thought

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

Reflection
Mary

How do we prepare our mind for Peace? Is it something we DO? Maybe I’m always preparing, or prepared, because I find Peace in odd ways sometimes. This morning, I woke with the rhythm of a call and response mantra from Kirtan running through my head. I don’t know the words exactly, but the melody is there, and the intent. It’s a gentle, peaceful call to engage with the day. Rubbing sleep out of my eyes, I head to the coffee maker. It sings a little ditty as it fills the room with the smell of freshly brewing coffee and fills my cup with what Steve refers to as my little cup of morning happiness. Hmmm, thanks to a dear friend, the song of the coffee maker just happens to be yet another mantra. “Ohm ah hum………” And so the day continues. The whistle of the hot water running through the shower sounds like a Tibetan singing bowl. All this Peace, and I’m not even dressed yet. And then a musical chord or the sequence of a couple words in my book or in a conversation triggers the words and melody of a song of praise from my church-going days. A whole hymnal of songs I cherish are harbored in my brain and my heart. THIS is letting the Peace of God be what it is, and what I’m meant to be, at least for today.

2 thoughts on “Peace Be! #2: Always Preparing or Always Prepared? — 02.13.26

  1. Journey of Peace – Day 26 – Lita
    We prepare our mind for Peace. We prepare our mind to recognize that above all else, we want the Peace that passeth understanding. Today…
    I am playing with the “we” part of today’s guiding thoughts. The “We” isn’t just me, nor is it all human. My walking partner will be participating in a “Forest Bathing” event in our community this week. She wants me to go too, but I am scheduled elsewhere. She is preparing. I can hear it in her voice, the excitement, the anticipation. I imagine that the facilitator and other participants are preparing for this event as well. The forest, too is preparing for this cooperative exchange. I am sure of it.
    I will get my turn at “Forest Bathing” this weekend when I return to a nearby park and bathe with the redwoods there. I am preparing, sending out my signal to them that I am coming. And then there is that apple tree outside of my studio window that I commune with during the course of my work.
    I am also preparing for this upcoming sound healing workshop, along with the other participants, and dare I say whatever multi-dimensional beings too?
    Once my intention is set and aligned with the community’s intention, whatever group (human, animal plant, earth, multidimensional) well, then, no more work need be done. There is just “Being”. What a gift!

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  2. Journey of Peace – Day 26

    Guiding Thought

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

    Journey of Peace day 26 – Reflection – Steve

    I look out the front window this morning, contemplating this Journey of Peace, and i see 6 yellow roses. They are in the last stages of blooming for this season. Reading Mary’s reflections on day 26 touches me, she is finding so much peace around her, before she is even dressed for the day.

    “See the beauty that surrounds you, feel the beauty coming from within”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bFpiNL9jiY. Those are some lyrics now going around in my head. They are from an Alicia Bonnet song, “Feel the Beauty”. It reminds me that Peace and beauty are all around us, if we but notice.

    The 6 yellow roses remind me of the timelessness of our experiences. Five years ago I wrote the following, called “Yellow Roses on a Gray Day”:

    Yellow Roses on a Grey Day

    Notice the moment. October 25, 2014. Today is Mary’s birthday. Her 66th to be exact. It’s been a wet and windy afternoon, and high blustery winds in the evening. A kind of day where you want to hunker down inside and put the world away. But we went out anyway, to see “The Planets” by Holtz, performed by the local symphonic orchestra at the High School Performing Arts Center. It was a fascinating performance, as it included images of the planets played on a big screen above and behind the orchestra.

    I was looking out the front window, and was struck by the beauty of 3 yellow roses, bright against the greenery of the front yard. The sky was grey, and dull. I thought “3 yellow roses on a grey day”. And I thought about the simple pleasure of noticing that beauty, and how it is a metaphor for taking notice, for taking a moment to appreciate the brightness that was otherwise surrounded by grey. Life is often like that, a bunch of grey, with moments of brightness.

    It almost passed me by. I almost didn’t take notice of it. But I am glad I did. For I will always remember in the fullness of grey to keep my vision open for the 3 yellow roses.

    Steve G. Wallace 10/25/14

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