Find and Nourish Peace

Those who have true hearts
Care for the World
Despite its ills.

Those who have true hearts
Carry the pain 
Of each suffering soul.
Open your true heart
Be not afraid
Of what lies within.
For in the deepest hour of night
The blessings come
To heal your true heart.

Once upon a time, most of us believed that someday we would arrive at a place in our lives where we would find ultimate happiness and peace. We believed in a final destination, and kept that hope strong in our hearts, that we would over come life’s struggles and stand victorious on higher ground.

Yet, as the years pass, we come to know a greater truth. As Emerson wrote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

The journey is unending, and the struggles come and go. Such is the nature of life, ever evolving into new forms.

There is no final state of being to attain, no prize at the end of it all. The reward is only found in each moment, when your heart is open and loving, and you do not hide yourself away from life’s pain.

Still, in the midst of it all, we must sometimes lay down our burdens and surrender our souls to the loving power of the Universe.

Clouds and Mountains

There will always be a struggle to engage if we so choose it. How do we know when it’s time to let it all go for awhile and focus on peace?

The answer is simple. Every single day.

Not all day, every day, but we must continually find and nourish that peace within us. Just a few minutes of focused attention, where there is only breath and beauty and love.

For those of us who see life’s journey as a spiritual quest, this is essential. Spirit only has the power to come into our lives when we take the time to engage it.

As the Zen Buddhists say, “Simple, not special.”

No matter our lofty goals, in the end, if we do not maintain our connection to spirit, we lose the point of the journey.

It is a dragonfly landing on your heart amidst your deepest grief. It is the sound of an approaching storm that mirrors what rages within you. It is the first star in the evening sky that reminds you of the vastness of existence.

Never forget that you are not alone. Always remember that you are connected to countless other souls, which are also all connected to the same loving source. We are all doing our best to heal ourselves and our world.

The angels in your life sometimes will appear in the most unlikely of places. If you wish to see them, you must first open your eyes.

As we journey together, with the sure knowledge that there is no place of perfection to reach, our only task is to help each other along the way. Our only focus is to keep our true hearts open and active, and our only goal to keep taking the next step along the path, over and over again. Together. Always and forever, we are one.