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August 2006

 

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About Midlife Journeys

Peace Movement



About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

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Women's Sacred Journeys 3: Autumn Workshop. Come celebrate the magnificent and abundant expressions of autumn through an inspired blending of yoga, meditation, movement, inner journeys and sacred ceremony. With Carol Sutherland and Mary Donovan. Register under Upcoming Events.

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Peace Movement


Our job is not to convert others but to transform ourselves. As each of us finds peace in our hearts, we begin to radiate a light that warms and heals everyone we contact. This is the way of the planetary healer.
" - Alan Cohen, Joy Is My Compass

I am so grateful to have been a child of the 60
's and 70's. It was such a profoundly influential experience for many of us baby boomers now in midlife. The values and dreams of that time -- peace, love, acceptance and understanding-- feel even more urgent today with the fear, conflict and violence so prevalent in our world.

Over the intervening decades, I have come to see that movement towards peace really begins with an inner journey. The notion that
"peace begins at home" really hit home for me. I began to see that to be a peace worker, I had to begin with myself and my loved ones, to foster peace within my own home and community. In this way, I could begin to contribute to peace in the world. And I could walk my talk where it really counts.

After 911, I began to reckon with the terrorist within my own consciousness that had been condemning, threatening and beating me up for years -- my inner self-critic. I could see that what was so frightening in the outside world was actually going on in my own mind! Through meditation, yoga, various healing modalities, self-forgiveness and a real desire for peace, I have developed much more loving ways of treating myself. My early morning meditation practice allows me to regularly reconnect with that peaceful place within and sets a positive tone for my whole day.

I also promote peace by trying to speak with kindness to everyone I meet whether it is my child, my neighbor, the grocery store clerk, or the homeless person on the street. I once read that the Dalai Lama treats everyone from cab drivers to heads of state the same way, with loving-kindness and respect. They are all equal in his view. That's
been a great inspiration.

As I practice greater acceptance of the events in my life, even those involving change and letting go, I feel a growing sense of peace despite sometimes challenging outside circumstances. As the quote on my refrigerator magnet says:
"Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart" (Author unknown).

This month my precious, older daughter is leaving home for the first time to go to college 3,000 miles away. Over the last year, my daughter and I have both felt the poignancy, sweetness and importance of these last months of being at home together. It's
brought us to a greater appreciation and love for each other, and I have been much less inclined to "sweat the small stuff." That has felt like a real gift.

As we head into these final emotional weeks at home together, I am committed to staying present to this often uncomfortable process of letting go, to feeling my feelings, to expressing my love for her and to approaching this transition with as much peace and acceptance as I can muster. I believe that the more I can be peaceful and loving with this transition, the more my daughters can feel good and confident about these changes as well.

Mother Theresa said,
"We can do no great things; only small things with great love." And as we continue to do small things with great love, we continue to sow seeds of peace in the world.

I invite you to consider what small thing you might do with great love today that would bring you joy and be an offering of peace to the world we all share.

*******

While we could probably all use a Department of Peace in our own minds (!), if you're
interested in exploring what you can do on a larger scale to promote peace, there is currently a grassroots movement afoot to create a Department of Peace within the United States government, establishing a full cabinet position dedicated solely to the interest of PEACE. (To find out more, go to www.thepeacealliance.org)

Many blessings,

Carol

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