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Symptoms of Inner Peace

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Posted by David Sibbet, but worth re-publishing!

Symptoms of Inner Peace

. an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment

. loss of interest in judging others or yourself

. loss of interest in conflict

. loss of ability to worry (very serious symptom)

. frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation

. contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature

. frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes from the heart

. tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen

. tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fear based on past experience

. susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend love

If you have all or most of the the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of peace may be incurable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting these symptoms, remain exposed at your own risk. These conditions of peace are highly infectious.

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The Peace of Wild Things

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
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When despair for the world grows in me

And I wake in the night at the least sound

In fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

Rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

Who do not tax their lives with forethought

Of grief.  I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

Waiting with their light.  For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

By Wendell Berry

Thanks to Carri for sending this to us, participants in the Women Moving the Edge gathering. (more harvest is still to come!)

The World is Watching Burma

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

A friend of mine, who I met in Spring at the European World café Gathering, started today a blog action for Burma. This is what he wrote:
I believe that blogs can make a difference to the world. So here is my request to all other blogs: Please post the following message in your blog:

In Burma (Myanmar), thousands of Buddhist monks are marching through the streets every day to protest against more than 20 years of dictatorship. They are joint by major parts of the population. In the past, any anti-government protests have been stopped by the army with fierce violence and the arrest of the protestors. So, far, the military has not intervened on these latest civil movement.

We want to tell to the Government of Myanmar: the community of bloggers – and therefore the world – is watching every step you take. Do not excert any violence on the peaceful protesters.

We want to tell to the monks and to the people of Myanmar: you are not alone. The time for change in Myanmar has come and the people of Myanmar have a right to enjoy the same economic growth as their neighbouring countries and the increase of democratic rights.

So, we ask all blogs to post this message. Feel free to translate this message into your language. If you are a blog reader, write a message to your favourite blogs and ask them to participate in this joint action. Please follow the news on BBC World or any other news channel.

We further ask you to report us that you have posted this message. Please go to
http://cf.humap.com/tool/quout_login.php?passwd=burma and enter your blog name, the URL, and the estimated number of readers.

Thank you for you support.

Day of Peace

Friday, September 21st, 2007
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Today, September 21, is the time that Summer becomes Autumn. Sunny day though, here in Belgium. And the harvest of apples, pears, nuts and grapes started off three weeks ahead of time…
And it is also the UN International Day of Peace. For me I don’t focus on the big world peace, but on my own personal peace. In this regard this quote is just perfect:
“The art of peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the art of peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.”
Ushiba Sensai, founder of the martial art of Aikido, in “The Art of Peace”