“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
― Nicholas Black Elk
Meditation has brought me peace over the years. Creating a practice that works for me has been a tumultuous undertaking. Vacations are sometimes a good time to delve into practice or to let go of practices that no longer serve us.
On my recent trip to Southeast Asia, I was able to double my meditation time bringing me much needed clarity and peace. I noted some amazing differences between my country of origin, the US, and Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. You might say that it’s because the US is more industrialized, there are a variety of people, among other differences, yet, I’m not sure.
Although people make much less money than those in the US, they seemed to be happier. Even on the crazy, rural roads, with scooters, bicycles, busses, and fast moving cars, there seemed to be fewer accidents and no sign of road rage.
I was off the grid and didn’t know of the strife in the US while I was away. I have struggled most of my life trying to understand prejudice and why peoples are treated differently. WHY?
I’ve experienced the luxury of white privilege as well as being on the fringe through poverty, addiction, and living and teaching in places where I was not part of the popular majority.
Spending time at the Vietnam War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was a pivotal moment where I faced atrocities that occur in times of war. My emotions were overwhelming and confusion set in. WHY?
Can we have happiness and peace and live together on our planet? I sure hope so.
I support people in developing rituals, routines and practices to create the life of their dreams. These can be about health, business, and how we are in the world.
Some questions you may have asked yourself: What do I want to do with my life? Is it a yes or no? Which choice supports me? What’s my next step?
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My conclusion: I will do my part to be the peace I want to see in the world and I encourage you to do the same.
Santi santi sanih. Peace peace peace.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about how we can support a peaceful planet.