Right now, my back yard is a source of sanctuary. Need the peace.
Today, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is supposed to be the busiest travel day of the year in the U.S. People are leaving their Thanksgiving celebration destinations after time spent with family, friends and significant others. We are traveling by car, airplane, bus, train, RV and by foot and by bicycle. Despite, traffic jams, canceled flights, standing-room-only trains, one thing is certain, we are, most of us, sure of our destinations. We will get where we are going at least in the physical sense. Home. For some, however, the journey never ends, There are folks who never arrive mentally and spiritually anywhere. They are constantly in motion. They are always going, doing, emailing, using Social Media, directing, worrying, moving, gossipping. Stopping or even slowing down is not part of their inner journey. Peace for them is a foreign destination. Their road to inner harmony is roadblocked or delayed by their need for constant excitement. Often, they offer you a ride or a free ticket to join them in their insanity. Don’t get on that plane! Don’t join folks on the journey to nowhere. Wherever you travel, you can choose peace as your destination.
We have heard a lot of criticism of those who value “peace at any price.” We’re told those folks are pushovers, they never stand up for themselves, etc. etc. Sometimes their silence, refusal to buy-in is just another form of warfare but often it’s a form of protection.
For some, peace is not on their agenda. There are those who because of their own loneliness and despair seek disruption through mean-spirited comments or unfortunate jabs or just plain cruelty. Words of anger, actions of anger, envy dominate the course of their existence. They are the “reality TV” stars of their own personal and ongoing drama and unfortunately, they seek to take others hostage.
Peace is valuable to our spiritual sanity. Seek it every day. Say no to systems and people who try to make you part of their petty dramas. Recently, I saw an episode of the original “Star Trek” where a race, known as “The Organians,” seem to take abuse from the Klingons who have “conquered” their planet and appear unconcerned when the Klingons start taking their citizens hostage. All this, much to the dismay of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise who arrived on the planet to help. Eventually, the Organian leaders, using mind control, quietly overpower the Klingons and the Federation ships that are about to go to war. Then they tell both factions, “that’s enough we’re tired of you” as the Organians visibly change from “humanoids” to spirits of light.
CCL and I had a marvelous time at the Prince “Rally4Peace” concert in Baltimore. There’s been a lot of talk about peace. The events in Baltimore – no justice no peace. The call for peace. Yes, social justice must come. Peace must come. For us all the struggle for inner peace is also challenging. To live fully, we must find it within ourselves on a daily basis. It does not come naturally or easily and it is often hard fought. I believe inner peace comes for sure through a connection with God and a connection with yourself. Yes, as you own yourself you will find the elusive peace.
I am the ultimate “Prince” fan but for this blog Sashal Vansandi’s song “No More” speaks to owning yourself and finding your peace.
By the way the Washington Humane Society staff pick of the week is Maulty the cat. You can find more about her here.