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Peace sign on your eyes like John Travolta

May 16, 2010
  • This week the title inspiring song came from LL Cool J’s song “Baby”, but it is not my thematic musical selection for you.
  • Instead take the time to listen to something instrumental/classical or with little words. Let your mind take a little break from its continuous perceptual processing to just feel at ease. Even if classical music is not your thing you would be surprised, how much just melody and harmony can give you emotionally. As a string player I may speak with a bias, but as testament to how intricate one piece can be..check out this string piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlLPLO90fSk and part 2 should be on the side of the page if you end up liking it.

“Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.”-Ajanh Chah

Good afternoon SQ readers!  I hope you all had a great and productive week and took the time to make your own “bucket lists”.

      Life is constantly a rush especially during that M-F 9-5 grind. We get little time to breathe, pursue our own hobbies or to do nothing as we schedule and are constantly running from one thing to the next one. Our hearts continue to pump fast and be revitalized by regular bursts of caffeine.

     When we finally do get to take a break from that on-the-go lifestyle, how do we take a break?  It’s almost as if with unscheduled time that we do not know how to deal or to slow ourselves back down again. We are so used to operating on a higher gear that we do not know how to take advantage of the few moments of peace that we have. The truth is peace does not come around that often for the majority of us who do not live our lives constantly in a state of mediation. The key to recognizing these moments of peace is to see them for what they are and to surrender ourselves to the moment of peace.

    As the quote I picked this week states you cannot go looking for peace. You cannot say here I have 15 minutes of free time let me make it as peaceful as can be. That is not enough. And that’s not really finding peace, but just making it a time allotment. To really find peace and be at peace with yourself as many wonderful inspirational quotes will tell you it starts from within. It starts from you and your heart. You need to break off the shackles of responsibility, committment and everything else temporarily to allow yourself the time and the freedom to let go. Let some things go and have the freedom to be able to experience the simple joys we have been put on this world to appreciate.

    Don’t say you don’t have time because you and I both know you do. It does not have to be any specified time period..it just needs to happen on a regular basis. Because losing the ability to find peace is something that you cannot afford to lose.  Peace is a valuable part of living that we must hold on to. Recognize the few moments of peace that you have as simply as they manifest themselves, take them in and let them play out to a full extent. Find whatever it is that allows you to be at peace whether that means taking a long run or walk everyday, meditating, painting, playing an instrument..whatever it might be and make more of an effort to make it a regular part of your life and give yourself a chance to be at peace.

 

See you next Sunday, 

<SQ

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. unclerave permalink
    May 16, 2010 2:54 pm

    You’re a good kid! I initially thought you were going for the absence of war kinda peace – which is something I work for, via a weekly peace vigil – but even that kind of peace needs to start from within. Today’s wars, arguably all wars but especially today’s wars, are mainly about greed. People/governments are not content with what they have – they are not at peace with themselves – so they feel this need to take from others. It’s so sad that people/governments still, to this day, give in to such base emotions as greed and envy. People in government, talking heads, and our media love to demonize words like “socialism” and “communism”, but just look at the root of these words. They are very positive. And look at how these same people put “capitalism” on such a high pedestal. A system based upon the accumulation of goods – or possessions – is somehow *better* than a system that is based upon society and/or community??? People need to open their eyes, and filter through all the babble, if they want to free their minds. And . . . allow themselves to be at peace.

    — YUR

    • May 16, 2010 4:16 pm

      well said my friend and i do try to be a good kid occasionally =]
      i agree though it’s funny how we are so blind to the many ways we’re so subconsciously influenced even in the smallest of ways. guess we have the good old government partially to thank for that.
      thanks for commenting!

  2. wisepooh permalink
    May 16, 2010 6:10 pm

    I have always believed and blamed the perturbed nature of our lives are caused by the society that we live in. But after reading your post, I realized that it is actually up to us to build and find peace at heart. 🙂

    Just found your blog and love the quotes!

    • May 17, 2010 1:18 pm

      aww well i’m glad you like the blog. stop back for future posts too.
      thanks for commenting!

  3. Barbara permalink
    May 16, 2010 6:35 pm

    I’m laughing because I often look at my husband as a turtle with a mustache, especially when he comes looking for me!

    I am in full agreement with unclerave about greed being the main problem… if we’d all learn to be content with sustenance and covering and the company of fellow humans the earth would finally be peaceful… And I share Carl Larsson’s feelings about being a socialist at heart: “I am a Swede and–shudder–a Socialist. I want to be useful and I want to give joy–but not only to one person, but to everybody.”

    The classical music on the video was very soothing and cheerful, Sunday. Thanks for the link… My daughter and my sister used to play the flute and my grandfather used to play the trombone – the video brought back some happy memories! I also love to listen to Ian Anderson playing the flute with Jethro Tull.

    • May 17, 2010 1:20 pm

      haha that’s funny that you think of your husband that way 🙂
      i do think greed in our society is a huge problem because it becomes the driving force for much which we hold dear.

      glad you liked the classical music and that it brought back happy memories. i’ve never listened to ian anderson playing the flute with jethro tull, but i will definitely check it out.
      thank you for commenting barbara!

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