Finding Peace Amidst the Sorrow

 In Reflections

“…dwelling in peacefulness doesn’t mean that you’re naive or simple. Nor does it mean that you avoid, deny or minimize reality or life’s many challenges. Living with inner peace means that you see both the difficult and the beautiful aspects of this world and view them from a calm vantage point.

–Ashley Davis Bush, The Little Book of Inner Peace

Last Saturday morning I had just finished reading about a flight being diverted because of an altercation that broke out on the plane, when I saw the news of the senseless shooting of 14 people here in Austin.

Today I read of a cashier in Georgia killed because of an altercation about wearing a mask. At a time when many are joyfully coming out of the isolation and limitations of the pandemic, we are witnessing a crisis of violence erupting across this nation. Experts are concerned about the heat of the summer exacerbating this trend.

What can we do? I believe individual and collective prayer, holding a vision, and radiating our inner light and peace can make a difference. What if this summer we seek out inner peace, offer loving-kindness, and celebrate all of the joyful moments we experience? As we do this we just might bring more peace to our world and wisdom to help us and our leaders make positive changes.

May you be blessed this summer with Inner Peace, Loving Kindness, and Joy and may you pass them on every chance you get.

A Prayer for Peace


Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth;
lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust;
lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart,
our world, our universe.

P.S. The workshop Writing Our Joy is another way to place our attention on the joy we seek to experience and share in the world. Please join us this Saturday.

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