An instrument of peace

An instrument of peace

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” ~Carlos Santana

How much do you prioritize owning an open heart? Do you act like it’s worth more to you than anything else you own?

How well are you able to be an instrument of peace? How much effort do you put into becoming that?

The world would be a better place if we all prioritized both of these so much higher than we do.

 

Image adapted from one shared by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Extending the circle

Extending the circle

“Extend the circle of ‘us’ to include as much of the world as you possibly can.” ~Rick Hanson

Violence, hatred, cruelty, and conflict are fueled by the illusion that there is a “them” separate from “us.” The only cure is embracing the radical truth that there is no “them.” There is only “us.”

In this election season of focusing on our differences even more than usual, the practice of extending our circle of “us” (even to those we disagree with) is a challenging and much-needed practice of peace.

 

Image adapted from one shared by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Which thoughts do you choose?

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

How often I forget that I have the ability to choose my thoughts and to pick ones that are healthier for my mind and soul!

How often do you remember to invoke your ability to choose your thoughts? Which thoughts are you choosing now?

 

Image adapted from an image shared by No-longer-here from Pixabay