Tag: peace

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Finding Our Way to CHRISTmas

As we rush about in the mad scramble to get ready for Christmas, how many of us pause to think about what we are getting ready for? Is all the shopping, baking, wrapping, meal planning, party preparation, and more shopping what Christmas is all about? Does the true meaning of Christmas get lost in all the hustle and bustle? As we greet everyone we see with “Merry Christmas,” how many of us contemplate what we are really wishing for others? As we decorate our homes and yards with lights and sparkle, how many of us experience inner light and sparkle? How many of us truly feel the love and joy that this season is supposed to be all about? Instead, we feel pressure to prepare and to be ready to welcome the arrival of friends and family to celebrate this festive holiday. And what about those of us who are alone and who do not get to experience […]

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Let Us Remember (including podcast)

  Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, and as we lay wreaths to honour and remember those who have given their lives in the pursuit of peace, let us also remember that these fallen men and women were our brothers and sisters. The men and women who continue to serve our countries in order that we may live in peace and freedom are also our brothers and sisters. They are our brothers and sisters within the human family… God’s family. These men and women dedicate their service and, all too often, their lives to help those whose freedom and safety are threatened and taken away in the perpetuation of power, hatred, and judgement. These heroic individuals dedicate themselves to help others who are also our brothers and sisters within God’s family. We all remember today because the symbols and messages of remembrance are everywhere. We talk about the values that we hold dearest […]

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In Recognition and Celebration of Beginnings

Have you ever stopped to think about the power of beginnings in your life? As I look back on my life, there have been many beginnings… the beginning of life as an adult and then as a teacher, the beginning of life as a wife and then as a mother, the beginning of life as a single parent, the beginning of life as an individual standing strong in her own worth and light… and I realize that the list is endless. Within each beginning that stands as a major turning point in my life, there are a multitude of other beginnings. Each beginning holds within it moments defined by tiny beginnings that build to create real change and learning in our lives. Each tiny beginning is the first time we make a step that is unfamiliar to us, that takes courage, and that, in many cases, somehow rises from a tiny seed of strength […]

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Hatred Will Never Bring Peace

We hate, and often, we don’t even question or understand why. Hatred is passed down from generation to generation. The facts that fueled the hatred are unquestionable. Yes, atrocities have been committed. Yes, people have misused power over other groups. Yes, lives have been lost, people have suffered, and hearts still cry out in pain because of loss and injustice. But, we will never achieve peace through hate. Peace will only be achieved through love. We must leave the past in the past and start anew with a conscious choice to join hands in love and brotherhood. Holding onto the past only perpetuates separation and division. We pass our hatreds and prejudices to our children, and these negative forces continue to motivate attack and conflict throughout the world. We cannot focus on the wrongs of the past in order to move forward as a global community. The only way forward is through forgiveness. We must forgive the past […]

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All That You Seek Is Within You

It seems to me that everyone is searching… for  the perfect job, the perfect partner, the perfect home, the perfect look, the perfect vehicle, the perfect holiday, the perfect deal.. and the list goes on. One only needs to take note of people’s actions and comments over a short period of time to observe this endless quest. Just stand back and observe people in a shopping mall. Listen to people’s conversations over a meal or at coffee. Watch the media messages that bombard us every day. The underlying belief is that these external markers of success will make us happy. Hmmmm… questionable logic seems to be at work here. “When I have/get [insert wish here], I will be happy.” When did having or getting anything ever result in lasting happiness? Might you experience happiness in the attainment of something? Of course. You might experience excitement, a surge of joy, delight, or even a […]

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