Sunday Dinner: Finding Peace

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“My country is the world,
and my religion is to do good.”
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Thomas Paine

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“Until he extends the circle of his compassion
to all living things,
man will not himself find peace.”

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Albert Schweitzer

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“Leave behind the passive dreaming
of a rose-tinted future.
The energy of happiness
exists in living today
with roots sunk firmly in reality’s soil.”
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Daisaku Ikeda

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“Can you look
without the voice in your head commenting,
drawing conclusions, comparing,
or trying to figure something out?”
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Eckhart Tolle

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“Peace is present right here and now,
in ourselves and in everything we do and see.
Every breath we take,
every step we take,
can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.
The question is whether or not
we are in touch with it.
We need only to be awake,
alive in the present moment.”
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Thich Nhat Hanh

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“World peace must develop from inner peace.
Peace is not just mere absence of violence.
Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
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Dali Lama

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018

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“Let the peace of this day
be here tomorrow when I wake up.”
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Thomas Pynchon

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Photos from Colonial Williamsburg and the Bruton Parish churchyard
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Sunday Dinner: Peacemakers

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“-We need more love, to supersede hatred,

-We need more strength,  to resist our weaknesses,
-We need more inspiration, to lighten up our innermind. …

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“-We need more learning,  to erase our ignorance,
-We need more wisdom, to live longer and happier….

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“… -We need more truths, to suppress deceptions…

… We need more peace, to stay in harmony with our brethren…

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 …-We need more humility to be lifted up,
-We need more patience and not undue eagerness …

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“… -We need more sympathy, not apathy …

… -We need more focus, to avoid distraction …
 …-We need more optimism,  not pessimism …

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“-We need more peacemakers, not revolutionaries…

with these, we create an heaven on earth.”
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Michael Bassey Johnson

from, The Infinity Sign

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

 

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November, Peace

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“When I say it’s you I like,

I’m talking about that part of you

that knows that life is far more than anything

you can ever see or hear or touch.

That deep part of you that allows

you to stand for those things

without which humankind cannot survive.

Love that conquers hate,

peace that rises triumphant over war,

and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”

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Fred Rogers

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“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty:

to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves,

more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others.

And the more peace there is in us,

the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.”

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Etty Hillesum

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“May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values,

and may we use our voices to speak for those who need us most,

those who have no voice,

those who have no choice.”

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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“Make peace with silence,

and remind yourself that it is in this space

that you’ll come to remember your spirit.

When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence,

you’ll also transcend many other miseries.

And it is in this silence

that the remembrance of God will be activated.”

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Wayne W. Dyer

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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December Reflections

December Reflections

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December is a time to reflect as another year draws to its close.

Nature has crafted it as a time of peace and silence,

A time to slow down the pace we’ve kept since early spring.

As the world outside goes dormant, there is little to do

here in our modern lives.

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Once upon a time there was wood to chop and carry,

Game to hunt and prepare;

The ever ongoing round of baking, roasting, stewing, frying

percolating, brewing,

To keep families comforted and fed.

Perhaps children to entertain and instruct by candlelight.

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But now most of that is optional.

There is a gadget to

replace each and every well worn task.

We are free to do as we will;

To write, to paint, to craft, to read, to visit,

To plant the seeds of a new life in a new year;

To dig up the roots of past plantings and examine them yet again.

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Or simply to sit in peace and silence,

In the glow of those candles

we lit by our own hands and mind;

And simply

Reflect.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2013

“Seeing through to essential nature is the window of enlightenment.”

                                           Hakuun Yasutani Roshi

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