by Rev. Jeff Anderson
I used to think that peace was something that either was, or it wasn’t. It was something that was outside of me, and that I got to experience peace depending on where I found myself at any given time. I knew for sure that I was not peaceful inside, at least in my mind. For much of my life, my mind was anything but peaceful.
What I did not realize is that peace is something that can be learned, cultured and nurtured internally, in my mind and heart. I can develop my own experience of peace, as a spiritual practice.
In order to consider such a radical idea, I had to first realize that I had been giving my power away to people, to circumstances and to situations. I had been allowing things outside of myself to determine whether or not I was peaceful. I thought that was just the way things worked, until I realized that I have some choice in the matter.
Peace is an aspect of Spirit, an essential element in creation. I look to nature to learn about things, and what I see there is a largely harmonious co-existence of all life. Everything is interconnected, interwoven, and interdependent. Sure, there is life and there is death – that too is an inherent part of life’s design. But creation is not conflicted with itself. Maybe that’s a good working definition of personal peace: to be unconflicted with ourselves.
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Fri. Apr. 17 - Spirit in Business Group Wisdom Circle Presents... "Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation" with Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, 6:30 pm in Rooms 1 and 2. Free event, open to everyone.
Sat. Apr. 18 - Saturday Meditation Group, 10 to 11 am, Room 10 (North Wing)
Sat. Apr. 18 - Heart in Hand Training, 10 am in Grinton Chapel
Sun. Apr. 19 - Morning Services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am. "Living Buddha, Living Christ," Dr. Edward Viljoen. Silent meditation from 9:35 to 9:50 am in Room 6 (upstairs).
Sun. Apr. 19 - Nonviolent Communication Drop-in Group with Terri Moon, 1 pm in Room 7 (upstairs)
Sun. Apr. 19 - Sunday Evening Service, 7 pm in Room 10 (North Wing).
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Mon. Apr. 20 - Heart Coherence Meditation, 7 pm in Room 10 (North Wing)
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