Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Every morning after I wake, I spend time doing some yoga and stretching. I usually do this in silence, but lately I have left my radio on. It is tuned to a sports radio station, which means that the silence is now filled with a constant noise about nothing that is truly important in life.


After a few days of this, I have just one thing to say, “Oh my God! Will you shut up already?!!” That constant yammering is annoying. I can’t hear myself think. Or breathe. Or be.

As long as that radio is playing in the background, my mind, soul and brain is busy listening to the broadcast and thinking about what is being said. It blocks everything else out . . . which I think is the purpose. For some reason, I probably don’t want to be with my silence or hear what my thoughts are. In a nutshell, I am in avoidance, with a desire to be distracted.

As usual, this got me thinking. This is bigger than just listening to the radio in the morning. What else is playing in the background of my life’s soundtrack, distracting me from my more important thoughts and feelings?

In thinking further about this, I realize this is exactly what has occurred in most everyone’s life today. We have all become so busy and distracted that we can no longer hear the answers we yearn for that lie just below the surface noise. Smart phones, iPads, texts, emails, phone calls, Facebook messages, YouTube, TV, tweets and more have created a society of distraction leaving us little or no time to hear the answers we seek in life . . . let alone understand the questions we are truly asking.

What would happen if you allowed yourself to sit with silence for just one day? What do you think you would hear? What answers would you suddenly realize? What questions would you ask? What clarity would suddenly find you? What peace might you find in your life?

I am pretty sure these are all gifts that lie in silence . . . if only we had the courage and discipline to give silence a chance.

Yes, the world is rapidly moving toward a culture of distraction and disruption, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in what once was. Some may think this is resisting the inevitable future. I think of it more as holding on to the wisdom of the past.
In the silence, I rediscover who I am.

– J. Francis

I am continually amazed by the number of people who seek out others to tell them the answers they already know. We know so much more than we give ourselves credit for. I think the real problem is that we just don’t listen closely enough to what we know and feel in our hearts.

The challenge is that the answers we seek in life lie in silence, for that is the only place we can hear their whispers. Which leaves just one question —
Do you have the courage to unplug and listen?

Welcome to the Culture of Distraction. This video beautifully demonstrates how smartphones have intruded into our lives and taken us away from being present.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, tis the season for gratitude. However, while I am grateful for so many of the small and simple things in life, I thought I would turn the season on its head and challenge you to think differently.


This Thanksgiving, I want to know what are you UNgrateful for?


I know. A bit of a harsh question, but a very valuable one nonetheless.


Take a moment to think about all the things in your life that you are UNgrateful for. Those things that you have been tolerating and don’t like. I challenge you to take a look at your life and determine all those things that aren’t working for you.


Then, I challenge you to eliminate them. Or fix them. Whether it is that rattle in your car, that chore at home that needs to be completed, the friendship that no longer serves you, that unresolved conversation, or that decision you have repeatedly delayed.


Tolerations kill us! They suck our energy and don’t allow us to be present. They constantly nag us and tug at our subconscious, reminding us that something needs to be done. And until we tend to that toleration, we can never be at peace.


And isn’t that what the upcoming holidays are about – finding peace in our lives and being present to all we love? Being present to and grateful for all the untold blessings we have in our lives?


This holiday season, I challenge you to find at least one toleration in your life that prevents you from being eternally grateful for all you have, and once you have identified it, eliminate it. In doing so, you will be amazed at how much more space you have in your life for joy, love and a sense of peace


The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.

– Alan Saporta


Getting rid of tolerations is simple math – addition by subtraction, as they say. Getting rid of what we don’t want in our lives provides the space for what we do want. The act of clearing allows us to feel more free, more at ease, and more at peace.


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I’ve always had a reverence for the world around me.  From the time I could crawl – well actually my Mom said I never crawled.  Rather, I pulled myself around on my stomach and apparently said “baa-baa” like a sheep.  Nonetheless, since that time, my Mom said I would point to the stars, the moon, the sun, the trees, the wind, the birds, the bugs . . . everything, and I would cry.  She thought that I was crying out of fear.
All these years later, I now know it was my love, not my fear, that I was expressing for the beauty around me. To be so blessed to live on this planet and share in its beautiful richness brought me to tears.
That love and reverence powers my soul and helped to define who I am. My connection to the world and people around me fills my heart and continually gives me the greatest gift one could receive – peace.
That gift of peace is available to anyone who chooses to seek it, connect with it and accept it. It does not discriminate. All it asks of you is your time and awareness; to be present with it in the moment in order to truly experience what it has to offer you. 

This Thursday 4/22 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. It’s not just another Hallmark holiday. This planet is our blessed and beautiful home that gives us all life.  This year on the 22nd, pause for just a few seconds during your busy day and notice something miraculous about the world around you. The miracles are there just waiting to be discovered. And in that discovery, you might just find a gift of peace and beauty you seek.

We are not separate from all the life and beauty around us.  We are a part of it.  Too many of us don’t fully understand that point.  To see one of the most visually stunning and compelling documentaries capturing the beauty of the Earth and the fragile coexistence we have with it, watch this beautifully filmed documentary appropriately titled, “Home”.





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