Definition

peace | [pees] | noun

  1. freedom from disturbance; tranquility.
  2. freedom from or the ending of war.

synonyms: accord, conciliation, friendship, love, order, reconciliation, treaty, true, union, unity

Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.– Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999)

Peace may happen while in tree pose. Rooted firmly to the earth; your muscles contracted-activated-warm-trembling, holding strong. Peace is in the sole of your foot as you accept precious earth energy and it quietly, deliberately, fills your body. In Peace you may understand your dreams manifesting around you… You are so much larger than this pose you hold. Remaining in absolute calm, the Great Void, your empty, uninterrupted space, while the world swirls around you (sounds and colors and movement).

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train. – Morihei Ueshiba

We don’t arrive at a permanent Peace; it is a constant delicate navigation and transfer of energy, weight, thoughts and emotions to keep us centered, through the process of life.

Peace is relinquishing the “fight” inside of us, even during trying and uncomfortable times. As your opponent coercises, you exhale. Peace recognizinges that each moment is a purposeful gift, and each situation has a unique solution which may be found within quiet tranquility. Peace is exhaling into the power of The Moment, and knowing that there is nothing better than right here, right now.

There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because she or he contests with nothing. “Defeat” means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within. – Morihei Ueshiba

This week, when you find yourself in a trying situation (traffic, heated office politics, an irate mother-in-law), exhale yourself into a calm Void, and practice your Art of Peace. Do not contest. Instead, relax and notice how the intensity of the situation dissipates.

Philosophy In Action

How to use peace:

1. be at peace.

2. rest in peace.

3. hold one's peace (remain silent)

4. keep the peace

This week, when you find yourself in a trying situation (traffic, heated office politics, an irate mother-in-law), exhale yourself into a calm Void, and practice your Art of Peace. Do not contest. Instead, relax and notice how the intensity of the situation dissipates.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

Use this simple mantra to assist in your peaceful way. "I am peace."

Color Your World

Cerulean, the color of the month, embodies the essence of peace and serenity while inspiring strength in decisive actions.

Chakra Therapy

Vissudha, the Sanskrit name for the throat chakra, means purification. Finding peace in silence and speaking truth is paramount to this purification process which leads to higher consciousness.

Higher Education

The Art of Peace, Morihei Ueshiba, can be found in a pocket addition.  Use this as a guide to flowing peaceful thinking in your everyday life.

6 Comments

  1. Rebecca Malandra
    Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 7:33 pm ·

    Thank you Jen and Jenn for your kind words….as I write this with a giant happy smile on my face! xoxoxo

  2. Kim Harring
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 10:59 pm ·

    “NEVER GIVE UP
    No matter what is going on
    Never give up
    Develop the heart
    Too much energy in your country
    Is spent developing the mind
    Instead of the heart
    Be compassionate
    Not just to your friends
    But to everyone
    Be compassionate
    Work for peace
    In your heart and in the world
    Work for peace
    And I say again
    Never give up
    No matter what is going on around you
    Never give up”
    — Dalai Lama XIV

    • Rebecca Malandra
      Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 7:35 pm ·

      Thanks for sharing this, Kim. Sometimes I say to my students when I start sensing that they’re about to give up…….”Your heart is stronger than the mind”! : )

  3. Jenn DeLuccia
    Jenn DeLuccia
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 12:24 pm ·

    Rebecca, this is awesome! I’m so proud of your growth:-) and, I’m sharing your idea. Thanks!

  4. Rebecca Malandra
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 5:26 am ·

    As I was reflecting on this word of the week, Peace, I thought about integrating it into the little “Happy Endings” sequence. The vision I had was to use the philosophy actions: 1) be at peace, 2) rest in peace, 3) hold one’s peace, and 4) keep the peace, within each happy ending bow. Thoughts? = )

    • Jennifer Schumacher
      Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 am ·

      I love it…what a GREAT way to incorporate the word AND leave your students feeling “at peace” when they leave!

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