Sunday, July 5, 2009


Kereta, Coromandel, New Zealand

Can we find peace amid all of the political turmoil and personal drama in our lives? Can we find peace despite the noise and pollution of living in a big city?

Peace has nothing to do with exterior circumstances. It is always with us. All we have to do is put our attention on it.

It is a matter of choice. Some people never find peace in the most beautiful and quiet places in the world. Some find peace in the middle of the noisiest city.

When we walk by a jackhammer at a construction site, we can become irritated at how loud the city is. Or we can cover our ears and walk by without judgment. If a car cuts us off in traffic, we can become angry and curse at it. Or we can choose not to react, apply our brakes, and continue driving, without judgment.

We can choose how we react to events. If someone yells at us, we can respond angrily and indignantly. Or we can choose to be indifferent. Our ego does not have to be at stake in every encounter. We can choose to release our judgments about what is peaceul and what is not, and what we react to and what we do not react to.

Let's embody peace.

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