How would you respond to the question, If there is a doorway to peace would you choose to walk through it? *
If it is peace of heart, I would.
If it is peace of soul, I would.
If it is peace of mind, I would.
What does the word ‘peace’ mean to you?
It is not a new thought to state that peace begins in the home.
Yet, that in itself, eludes the essence of peace. The core. For peace, I believe must come from within the very core of self, and only then will it transform the body, mind and soul into a state of peacefulness.
A sense of quiet stillness within self that is as elusive as a butterfly resting on your shoulder.
Being in that place where there is no end or beginning, for all that came before, and all that comes after, are moments.
It is a paradox and hangs in the space where the essence of being resides.
Amidst chaos one can find peace. So long as one is attuned to heeding the call within to enter into that space between moments.
It is very popular today to say, be in the moment. While that enables one to capture an image, such as a photo of a fun time, or to simply enjoy what is happening, I consider that there is another space to be in. Be in that space between moments to capture the essence of what is and then one is truly available to the moment without even thinking about it.
From the springboard of peace, comes joy – a quiet sense of contentment, of ‘happiness’. As elusive as it seems, joy is not always a shouting from the rooftops. It is a quiet sense of fulfilment, of inner well-being, welling up from deep within, overflowing. Peace.
Adapted from a simple song that is I learned while teaching in a Catholic school years ago: Love is like a river; Joy is like a river; Peace is like a river – flowing out through you and me, binding us together…
When it said, “peace begins in the home”, it begins in the heart of your home – in your own inner being, your own core, in your own heart – whatever you wish to call it. If the individual experiences peace, it is from there that we can hope for peace in the home; the wider community and ultimately the world.
I would ask, do you think world peace achievable? Where does peace begin for you?
May you find your doorway to peace.
(*Disclaimer: I acknowledge the work of Sandra J of Peiec International in prompting my own understanding of ‘peace’. No remuneration is received for any cross references.)