Monday, April 22, 2013

Serenity


"God,
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."
 -- Attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

The soul seeks respite from the dissonance of our lives on this plane, from the mad dashing about, the ever-present anxiety we carry that destroys our bodies, and our constant striving for achievement, success, and obsession.  So it is that most addiction recovery programs use the Serenity Prayer as their mantra.  The prayer centers on awareness of our limitations, our presence in the moment, and our expansion, all at the same time.

It is right to strive to achieve some modicum of success in this life, however you define it.  However, most of us have a stirring deep within us that looks forward to stopping, resting, and taking a vacation from it all.  How we look forward to time away from the work-a-day world!  Some of us continue our frenetic pace during vacation; others simply sit and observe.  Some find their escape at a beach or lake, a spa, or the mountains, others at a quiet cafĂ© sipping a cappuccino.

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Enjoy those moments of calm peacefulness.  When you sit still, perhaps in meditation, contemplation, or prayer, your inner self can bring forth a wondrous serenity and awareness.  In this serene quietness of spirit, awareness grows, to the point where it can permeate every fiber of our being.  

-- Pete

4 comments:

jan said...

I've seen people even "strive" to meditate "properly". Counter-intuitive, if you ask me. With a little practice, it isn't hard to get to that serene place inside even in the midst of relative chaos.

M. J. Joachim said...

Prayer, silence, peace, tranquility are definitely powerful things.

Jessica Peterson said...

Beautiful post. Finding peace within should be at the top of our priority list.

Have fun with a-z.

Sandy Campbell said...

Lovely post, thank you for sharing!!