Practice Peace

There are days that do not go as planned. This has been one of those days - and it is not over yet...

I had to set my theme and my lesson plan aside in my yoga class this morning - shifting mid-stream to address some issues and concerns that arose - so that I could accommodate some restoratives, end a little early, and offer my students coffee and tea instead. This seemed like the perfect thing to with my little community...

My regular monthly meditation group did not go as planned either. No one showed up on time. And the last person to show up, arrived two hours later, just as we were ending - due to traffic. However, I was able to talk for a bit with my first arrival - and we openly shared with each other some similar circumstances we were both experiencing. This would not have happened otherwise...

I realized I am feeling overwhelmed, over-extended, and unable to sort through a few things - so when things didn't go as planned - I felt even more out of sorts. This was brought to the forefront when a friend confronted me and told me I was not fully present in my meditation group and needed to take time to ground and nourish - or else I would not be able to face the rest of the day. Even though I did not like hearing this - or being put on the spot - the fact is - she was right...

So, I turn once again, to review a few entries by Paramahansa Yogananda, offering some helpful suggestions on practicing peace, and they seem appropriate to share here:

"Fix your mind inwardly between the eyebrows [as in meditation] on the shoreless lake of peace. Watch the eternal circle of rippling peace around you. The more you watch intently, the more you will feel the wavelets of peace spreading from the eyebrows to the forehead, from the forehead to the heart, and on to every cell of your body. Now the waters of peace are overflowing the banks of your body and inundating the vast territory of your mind. The flood of peace flows over the boundaries of your mind and moves on in infinite directions...

Peace is found in surrender to good through devotion. People who are loving, who practice stillness, who delight in meditation and good actions are really peaceful. Peace is the altar of God, the conditions in which happiness exists...

Live each present moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. Practice the presence of peace. The more you do that, the more you will feel the presence of that power in your life..."

When you day does not go as planned - and even when it does - practice peace!

Comments

Anonymous said…
What a great message to read this morning ... Sheila
Olga Rasmussen said…
It's a lesson in progress!

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