january peace post

 

Hi Kozo 

Happy new year 🙂

I believe, as you said, that we can change our brains by what we think. It also stands to reason then, that collectively, we can change energy.  You asked us to focus on one thought this year – maybe for one month later in the year we could all try focusing on the same thought? Or even one day – let’s see what a difference a day makes 🙂

Meanwhile though, in answer to your post and following something I read previously from Nicole at Cauldrons and Cupcakes  I have chosen the power word HEALTH for 2014. This may seem not to relate to your request to focus on something relating to peace however I’m already focusing on health, and a healthier me will be a peaceful me.  A peaceful me spreads peace at home, at work, and in the community.

May all sentient beings be well and happy

x annie

 

A letter to another blogger is a ‘new element’ for zero to hero day 6 

 

 

 

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the art of peace

 

Kozo came up with the idea of mobilising bloggers for peace months ago and the gathering grows, the blogs flow..

Here we are in May and for this month we’re asked to relate art and peace – you can go over to his post HERE to read the details, maybe join in?

 

byron bay

 

 

At the ripe old age of 50 I discovered the joy that is Byron Bay. 

The next year I went back for a longer visit, rented a house and this photo, peace to me, is the bottom of the garden.

As the plane was landing at Gold Coast Airport instead of ‘welcome to blah blah it’s x degrees’ the pilot said ‘Welcome to Queensland, jumpers off!’ (That’s sweaters to those of you across the sea…) . Picked up my rental car and drove south to Byron. Those Queensland Tourism tv ads from years back ‘Ah Queensland – beautiful one day, perfect the next’ are just….true! There’s a joking rivalry between our state and those above us on the map but I defy anyone to spend time there and not admit how lovely it is.  Oh, of course Byron is actually at the top of our state but I’m talking about the area in general.

Anyhoooo where was I? 

Peace.

When I found the house, opened the back door, looked out at what lay in front of me, I walked straight to the bottom of the garden where the ocean meets the rocks meets my backyard for a week. I went right to the edge. Down the path, on to the rocks and sat. I looked at the water breaking on the rocks, coming and going. I looked out at the horizon, at the waves rolling in. Back to the spray at my feet. Mesmerized by every little droplet – incredible nature. The gift of peace right there 🙂

 

march peace post – on forgiveness

 

Leave your comfort zone

Someone needs to forgive me

Look beyond the stories

 

Fabricate my life

Twisted tales, lies in your mind

Where love should reside

 

Nothing to forgive

Endless, unconditional

Come home and be loved

 

This month, bloggers for peace all over the world are writing about forgiveness in many different forms. Writing, or posting, in different forms. Forgiveness takes one form. Just do it. The world will be a better place. There is no need to hang on to hurt, no room for judgement. Smile, breathe, love.

Open your eyes, open your arms. Wake up 🙂

 

Kozo started all this – click here to read all about it

 

bloggers for peace : february? haiku

 

let’s imagine this

our generation spreads peace

one heart at a time

 

meditate . sunrise

smile, breathe and go slowly

meditate . sunset

 

work on inner peace

tonglen and loving kindness

for all sentient beings

 

Bloggers for Peace – check it out !

 

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An Artist For Peace (spiritualmysticism.wordpress.com)

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Monthly Peace Challenge : Acts of Kindness

 

 

I can’t remember how long ago I first met Kozo but I knew it was significant straight up, there’s a beautiful energy about his writing..and sure enough he has come up with a wonderful idea. He’s the instigator of bloggers for peace – don’t you find it inspirational what an effect one person can have..

Please read his recent post with this month’s prompt, our first, and maybe jump on the peace train yourself? I’ve been singing it all day while mulling over this peace post.

“Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it’s going to come”

“Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train”
 Yusuf Islam – Peace Train

For January Kozo suggests we write a personal post – write about a daily or weekly gesture/act of kindness you perform to create peace in your home or community. It’s the 1st of January 2013 in Oz so here goes!

There’s something I do daily. It’s an act of kindness definitely. And I hope it brings some peace to my mother, to our home. I wrote about it in my first post ever  and not in a very positive way.

First thing every morning I empty the pot from my mother’s bedroom that she uses overnight.  She’s 90 – can you imagine getting to that age?!?! She has bladder weakness and after several years is still embarrassed by her need to go frequently.  She moves slowly and with pain and the bathroom is too far in the middle of the night and too dangerous when sleep clouds judgement and vision.  When she turns off the tv at night and begins the long journey to the next room, turning off lights as she goes, the furniture in the middle room begins to dance around. The step seems to have moved, that chair wasn’t there in the daytime, where did the light switch go.. and so the decision was made, some years ago now, to acquire various aids – the pot being one.

It’s not a fun task so yes it is an act of kindness. It was the first thing that came to mind reading Kozo’s prompt but my instinct was also that, to write about it is to blow my own trumpet. I don’t want accolades – it’s just what I do, what you’d do.

I empty it with no comment, do not draw attention to it, and so I hope it brings her some peace. Being looked after like this. Less fear of falling. Or missing. We’d like to keep her at home her whole life and this is how we do it.

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