Monday, June 6, 2016

The Feeling of Peace

What does peace feel like?  The words become illusive.  It is much easier to describe peace such as inner contentment and serenity.  We can describe peace as to what it is not such as turmoil, agitation and many negatives that run contrary to peace including war.   But what is the feeling of peace?  I have thought much about this lately in my quest to be peaceful in heart and mind as I live and breathe in my personal world.   

Peace can come to us in many forms that the diversity of our created world offers.  I took the above photo of several ranch horses contentedly munching on pasture grass.  Oblivious to the shower they were getting from irrigated water, their skin and manes were wet in a cool reprieve from the hot weather.  I watched the uncomplicated scene that gave back to me a feeling of peace.... a state of momentary being, I guess.  A space in time absent to the motion of doing, where there is no right or wrong with no thoughts behind me or ahead of me in a racing mind that wants to chatter.  Just simply watching.

There is a peace that passes all understanding as stated in scripture, Philippians 4:7 perhaps  that is why it is so difficult to attach a word description of the feeling of peace.  Perhaps  we really are the conduit of peace for it is God, who is Peace.  John 14:27 (NLT) ... "I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don't be troubled or afraid."    The beginning prayer of St. Francis of Assisi states... make me a channel of Your Peace.  Perhaps, if we learned to become that channel and open our clogged minds and hearts, we could experience God's gifting of that spirit of peace that was meant to flow within and without.  
A rose is a rose is a rose...
 And so it goes with peace in its experience - is and is and is.  Learning to be that channel, to take a step back and open up to exquisite peace.  Peace that can wash away tension and upset, splashing its presence upon the shores of mind and heart, not only to self, but unto others.  A Pericles quote: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."   To be a weaver of peace is to be an open channel for peace.

In conclusion, watch this special YouTube video in presentation of the hymn, "Make me a Channel of Your Peace".... 

Until we meet again on Monday, June 20th at The Turn-Up Patch... 


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