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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Touching peace


     This morning some words from Thich Nhat Hanh have expanded my awareness outside of the usual house of thought into new spaces.

     "Peace is all around us-  in the world and in nature-  and within us-  in our bodies and our spirits.  Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed.  It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice."
    (from Be Still and Know, p. 54)

     I take a few minutes to let these words sink in.  We can learn to touch peace!  That in itself is an amazing fact. What better way to employ the human capacity to learn?  Now I am gently dislodging my attention from the usual gallop of thought in the head, and letting it touch the peace in the cloud floating outside the window. Awareness likes to touch this peace.  Now I am letting awareness touch the breath as it moves into the body.  Awareness is breathing peace.  As awareness touches the peace without and within, healing and transformation occur spontaneously. Still touching peace, I move forward into this day.

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3 comments:

Susannah said...

Beautiful - so good to remember the choices . . .to choose to touch peace, to experience happiness, to know joy.

Thank you for this reminder about awareness and touching peace. I touch peace. :-)

Susannah said...

I have just found your photos at the bottom of the page - it is so nice to see you all.

Colleen Loehr said...

I touch peace reading your comments Susannah. Thank you!

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