Being Peace

 

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”

                                                                                                    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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Does it sound strange to say that I crave peace?  Like, isn’t ‘craving’ something in and of itself, sort of the complete opposite of being peaceful?  Leave it to me to be a contradiction.  😉

But I do – crave peace.  And I have peace, much of the time.  But sometimes life just heaps so much weight onto my shoulders, there’s so much required of me, so many things to do, so many people that need me, my knees begin to buckle under the strain, until finally, my strength gives out.  Splat, there I am sprawled out on the ground, I’m not any good to anyone like that am I?

I don’t do it on purpose, I just pick up things along the way.  And sometimes I let the people I love put things on me too, because they have needs and I want to help.  But the best way for me to truly help, is for me to first have peace within myself, because then I ‘can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in my family, my entire society, will benefit from my peace.’

And I know what I need to do to have that, I just get caught up in all the other stuff sometimes.  Well, that, and my erratic hormones.  Maybe it’s really balance that I crave.  😉

 

Wishing you a day of balance, a bit of what you crave, and lots of…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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28 responses to “Being Peace

  1. I hope you find some peace, or at least a bit of some 🙂

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  2. Thanks for a beautiful picture and some inspiring words to start the day, Julie.

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  3. I can relate Julie. Maybe breathe in and remember the peace you are….
    hugs and peace to you. 🙂

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  4. Wow – stunning!

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  5. Peace is vital and often so elusive. Hope this week brings plenty of it for you.

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  6. I know what you mean, and I hope you get some soon ❤

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  7. One of my favorite quotes..”Do you want to be right or do you want to have peace?”

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  8. Wishing you much peace and love, Julie. ❤

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  9. I wish you peace and the strength to say no if that’s what you need for yourself! That’s a beautiful rose. It reminds me of the big peace rose bush/tree that my grandma had growing in her backyard.

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    • Thanks Trisha. My family would probably say that I’m pretty good at saying no (in fact, my mom just told me yesterday that she actually appreciates my ability to say no), but what they may not realize is that I feel like I’m letting them down every time I do.
      I love peace roses, that must have been a stunning rose your grandma had if it was like a ‘tree,’ I bet it smelled amazing too!

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      • It’s good you can say no. Now, if you could just feel less guilty about it! It’s hard though, to feel like you’re letting people down.

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  10. When I crave something its because the need is not being met…. I see it as an alert to set up a way for the need to be taken care of. Peace is a fundamental need for me too. It really is that important … Let go of judgment about the way it should be and honor the message and your self 🙂

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    • I definitely agree with you about that Val, and I’ve learned to listen to those alerts. I’m always very protective of my ‘morning quiet time’ to ensure that I set my day up properly; it’s bringing that quiet peace with me into my day that I need to practice more, especially when the demands of the day are extra intense like they have been lately.
      Just need to take lots of deep breaths 🙂

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  11. Yes, balance is the place that the pendulum only spends a second at as it swings to the left and right! 😀 I guess we just need to keep the pendulum from swinging too wildly. 😉

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  12. Forgot to mention that your rose photo is exquisite! ❤

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