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Peace – An Act of Mindfulness

by Catherine DeAngelis

It does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise, trouble
or hard work. It means to be in
the midst of those things and still
be calm in your heart unknown

The Web dictionary defines peacefulness as the state of being peaceful, a peacefulness in the mind, body, spirit, that is calm and tranquil. Being in peace is the absence of mental stress or anxiety, and a quality to describe society or relationships operating in a harmonious manner.

Thich Nhat Hanh is author of more than 40 books, including “Being Peace” and “Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.” In his book, “The Sun My Heart,” he states “peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” What is “this”? A diploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come.  There is always another “this” that will follow the present one. If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only “the hope of peace some day.”

Standing Up for Peace

It may be beyond comprehension how many organizations and people are working locally, nationally, and globally for peace.  We may all want to imagine a world that we live in to be at peace and without war.  Although it may seem “altruistic” to stand up for peace globally when war has  been so much a part of our planet since prehistoric times.  Within our world there is conflict, however populations have learned to find peace within relying on many religions for example from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism to Islāmic and Buddhism. It may be impossible to kill the beast of collective inhumaneness that creates war and causes spending of billions and billions of dollars, making human atrocities unforgivable, yet undeservedly relevant for some reason or another.

We praise Nobel Peace Prize Winners for their peace efforts. Nobelprize.org reports prizes awarded 91 times to 121 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2010 – 98 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations. Since International Committee of the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917, 1944 and 1963, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981, that means 98 individuals and 20 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  If you want to find out the motivation behind the Nobel Peace Prize Winners from 1901 to present day – Visit >>Nobelprize.org

Mindfulness for Peace

Mindfulness means learning to pay attention intentionally to what is occurring in immediate experience in a nonjudgmental, caring and discerning way. One technique, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and societies.  Read At Home in Our Bodies An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

MBCT practice helps thousands manage depression, stress, anger and addictions to chronic illnesses, including:

– to become familiar with the workings of your mind

– to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being

– to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world

– to notice small beauties and pleasures /in the world around you instead of living in your head

– to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals

– to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time

– to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time

If you are new to mindfulness for peace, Lisa Layman Tiernan, Artfulmeditations.com offers insight on this topic. Tiernan believes everyone wants a peaceful world. So how do we get there? One person at a time. If every being were at peace, there would be no war, no violence and the world would be peaceful. Sound too simplistic? It is. But it is also true.  Tiernan shares a simple exercise to allow you to explore what peace means to you > read Artfulmeditations.com.  You may agree with Tiernan, that the best thing that you can do to bring peace into the world is to practice being peaceful.

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