Looking for Peace

In order to directly experience peace, we have to give up the quest for peace.

19 Responses to “Looking for Peace”

  1. on 22 Feb 2019 at 12:58 pm Lori

    Oh Joe, the “suffer or surrender” choice!!!
    That was what I was forgetting even though it was made so clear. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. on 22 Feb 2019 at 8:55 am sasanijjs

    Prior to my session last night I practiced the magic eye book. I initially had a difficult time “trying” to find the image. Mind wanted to seek a resolution through frustration which felt very tempting to follow. However, choosing to stay relaxed and present allowed for the picture to open up. The invitation and reminder was that the choice to suffer or surrender is in our hands.

  3. on 21 Feb 2019 at 11:32 am sasanijjs

    I needed to remind myself again today Betty. I have noticed that I am gentle on myself when I do things “right” , but when mind doesn’t agree with an action the guilt can be vicious.

  4. on 21 Feb 2019 at 10:35 am Betty

    I knew that was coming! Actually it was an inside joke where I used to work and it reminds me a a group of people that were like family. We fought together but we were always there for each other when the going got tough. And we laughed a lot together. So, it is a fond memory of the times when we could get real and laugh at ourselves.

  5. on 21 Feb 2019 at 6:27 am ceejaypea

    Hey, Betty – wanted to note that it is mean to refer to oneself as ‘Marblehead’. Just saying. Namaste.

  6. on 20 Feb 2019 at 10:46 am Betty

    Joe, Just re-read your comment on being kind to yourself and I just got it that I have been very mean to myself lately. Every comment has that ability to lift someone up, when “light (finally) dawns on Marblehead.” Thanks.

  7. on 17 Feb 2019 at 6:57 am sasanijjs

    Thank you all for the reminder to be kind to self

  8. on 11 Feb 2019 at 4:36 pm venusrising

    Yes Keshav, I agree about Fred Rogers. I have seen some shows. And he was a very simple person outwardly. But he was hugely spiritual, cosmic, and an activist actually.
    He did some pretty outrageous things on TV, also given that it was that long ago.
    A real guru

  9. on 11 Feb 2019 at 3:44 pm Keshav Howe

    I want to openly acknowledge that I consider Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) to be a Saint.

    His unwavering embrace of the simple truth that we are all "here to serve and protect each other," both informed and changed my world view; particularly regarding the responsibility of being a loving human being, a man, and a compassionate soul.
    Fred Rogers consciously preached about the value of embracing the common goodness within all. He actively lived his life as an ongoing expression of what he preached.
    Please find some time to watch the HBO documentary about Mr. Rogers entitled: "Won't You Be My Neighbor." Have a tissue at the ready.
    Sat Nam

  10. on 10 Feb 2019 at 2:40 pm sasanijjs

    The more I allow myself to experience that space of divinity the more painful living a life of separation has become .To deny our universal self just doesn’t make sense. Like the mantra we are working with, the light within us is a reminder of home.

  11. on 10 Feb 2019 at 6:27 am venusrising

    I was lying in bed with my cats, thinking about all the things that I am not getting done. Thinking about all the goals, all the to do lists that are constantly waiting. So In my mind , i just threw them out one by one. Started feeling bad and helpless. But in a strange way I was letting them go. And then by surprise at the end I felt peaceful !!!! It’s sort of snuck up on me . I didn’t expect it . It was a fun surprise

  12. on 05 Feb 2019 at 3:35 pm Diane

    Searching for peace for me is the denial that peace exists. As long as I deny peace I will never know or experience peace.

  13. on 01 Feb 2019 at 8:33 pm Betty

    I love Keshav’s example of searching for peace, or presence, etc: It’s like having your glasses perched on top of your head and searching everywhere unable to find them.

  14. on 01 Feb 2019 at 2:53 pm venusrising

    https://youtu.be/9UglUjiJifA This is a link to a YouTube song of Native American drum music. It is only about a five minute song. But I have listened to it for many years. And I use it in my classes of my senior chair yoga. We don’t use drums we just move our hands and feet to the beat . I would like to share with you as it is very dear to me .
    this song brings me much peace .

  15. on 01 Feb 2019 at 10:12 am Keshav Howe

    Thank you Ceejaypea. Surrendering to Now – as it is. Peace is not conditional.

  16. on 01 Feb 2019 at 7:57 am ceejaypea

    Surrender is the way of peace. Namaste.

  17. on 31 Jan 2019 at 7:08 pm Donna

    My direct experience is the same — by not imposing my personal point of view on the present moment for the purpose of doing something with it or trying to fix it in any way, the moment is left in its prestine state of stillness. Any teensy desire to control, change or manipulate the present moment puts a thick veil upon the essence of the moment. The veil of desire creates a perceived separation from peace that is everpresent. Eventually my mind and body tighten under its weight and that constriction wakes me up at which point the veil drops automatically without any effort or doing at all. Once the desire for control drops, I recognize I have all the control in the world. Once the desire for peace drops there is only peace.

  18. on 31 Jan 2019 at 3:30 pm Keshav Howe

    Right on Sasanijjs!
    If everything is allowed, there is no conflict, only abject clarity.
    We have all mastered how to follow the urge to judge life's ever-changing content. And yet, the innately peaceful nature of existence is right in plain sight. Just noticing that tightening up around life is a not only a unwise choice, but is ultimately a wake up call to surrender to, and as, those waves of peace.
    The vibrant nature of Life inevitably washes away all such urges to identify with being a fragile, flawed, and impermanent sense of self. 

  19. on 30 Jan 2019 at 6:50 pm sasanijjs

    I have noticed that peace arises from no effort. Whether routine activities or energy work, I am at my most still when I stop trying to fix the present moment. In my last energy session, things would come up and drop without attachment instantly. All that was left to do was surfing on waves of peace. I have also noticed that I attach truth to agitation. Tightening around a thought or action is working for peace without ever obtaining it. Freedom is truly always present.

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