Posts Tagged ‘tranquility’

The Sweet and the Bitter

April 11, 2013

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In the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence, a kitchen worker in a seventeenth-century Paris monastery, wrote of the peace that comes from viewing everything in life as a gift from God.





God knoweth best what is needful for us, and all that He does is for our good. If we knew how much He loves us, we should always be ready to receive equally and with indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter. All would please that came from Him.


Indeed, all it takes is a shift of (more…)

The Only Obstacle Between You and Peace

January 8, 2011

Just got back from a mile-long barefoot walk on the beach on a warm, sunny day in Encinitas. Funny how when the waves lap over your feet and then recede again how your heels drop deeper into the sand. Standing still as the water ebbed away, I felt like I was on a treadmill, moving backward, as if I were moonwalking without moving my feet. A little surreal, but a little cool too.

As the waves rolled in, I pulled my cap low to shield out the sun and gazed down the shoreline in both directions. Endless water. Pure blue sky. Cotton-candy clouds. I’ve been coming down to the ocean nearly every day for five weeks and I still can’t come close to drinking this all in. It’s all so overwhelmingly . . . majestic.

Soaking in this panoramic paradise, I thought how wonderful it would be if people could access the beauty of their inner world so easily. Some years back, I was sitting with (more…)

A Clock During a Thunderstorm

July 22, 2010

Image courtesy of Sharonne Phillips



As Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, when you can “stand unshaken midst the crash of breaking worlds,” then nothing can touch you where you live, and nothing of value can be taken from you.



Live in the midst of the battle of life. Anyone can keep calm in a cave or when asleep. Stand in the whirl and madness of action and reach (more…)

Farewell to the Tranquil Mind

June 6, 2010

When you act in accordance with your inner guidance, your energy vibrates at a higher, finer rate and you come into greater alignment with the Source of all that is. The greater your harmony with this universal life force, the closer you approach the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being.
Rumi


Conversely, the more you tune out your inner guidance, the further you (more…)