War is wanting more
Forgetting blessings gives us
Excuses to kill
Did your mask slip?
Now your stripes
And the road stripes
Are all mixed
I whizzed on by
I didn’t stop then
But it’s not forgotten
I said a small prayer
I frowned a small frown
Gratitude, body image and the International Day of Peace!
Originally posted on mister stewardess:
September 21st is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. Joan Gregerson is a writer, a teacher, a member of my writing group, the author of Tuning Into Inner Peace: The Surprisingly Fun Way to Transform Your Life, and a purveyor of peace in general, ramping up to September 21st with a free online course, The 29-Day Inner Peace Experience. She devotes today, Day 16, to Gratitude. I’m especially happy to have her here today because Gratitude transforms my life on a daily basis, in ways both big and small — “The good sense to be grateful” often makes the list in my Gratitude Journal, and in my opinion we can’t find our way down the path to peace without it. Please welcome Joan and her Barney Rubble feet. As she says, “The first step in making a better world is learning how to become more peaceful ourselves. Together…
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Growing up, when it came to physical appearance, I didn’t have self-loathing. It was more like self-nothing. Or maybe self-‘meh’-ing. Check out my guest blog post on the fabulous blog of Mister Stewardess, aka novelist Michael Thomas.
While you’re there, check out Michael’s other blog posts and books!
What a great day! Started with a beautiful hike at Chautauqua in Boulder, Colorado. Then, I got to talk with Roy Dan Baron of Global Freedom Network about my travels in Australia and New Zealand, Latin America, Ghana and South Korea. We also talked about the book Tuning In to Inner Peace, the International Day of Peace, the free 29-Day Inner Peace Experience course (registration free, open through September 21)
For today’s post, please hop on over to the wonderful blog: Shit We Think of on Sunday. This blog is the creation of two talented sisters, by whom I’m lucky to be called mom. This post is on the topic of perfectionism, as part of the 29-Day Inner Peace Experience.
While I grew up goofing around in gymnastics, at one point I was on the A Team at East High School in Denver. And there I was, acting like a perfect gymnast.
In September 1988, I was very pregnant. I was feeling melancholy that the great relationship that I had with my first-born was in jeopardy. With the addition of a little sister in one month, she would have to share her mommy and she might take that pretty hard.
So, I was hell-bent on making this time a special time for both of us. There was one problem though. Somehow, over the previous weeks a predictable pattern developed. With lunch, nap and a little of playtime passed, suddenly my sweetypie would melt down. So, at about 3 or 4 pm, we would get into a huge dramatic session that would last for 5 or 10 minutes but felt like hours. Some little thing would set her off, such as: her blocks falling down or not being able to find her ballerina tutu. And she would yell bloody murder inconsolably, and everything I said made it worse. I would get upset. She would cry, gasping, tears streaming, then finally wear herself out. By 4:30, when it was time for me to cook dinner as she watched Sesame Street we were both wiped out.
Forget that crap about ‘savoring our special time.’
Coincidentally, I’d just started reading a book called Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. I’d picked up the book at a used book sale at the Left Hand Grange in Niwot months earlier. It dawned on me that since nothing else worked, I might as well try what I was reading about.
So, I began trying to visualize our daily routine without the meltdown. But, the funny thing was, every time I ran through our day in my head, it kept ending up with the meltdown at the same time. I recalled that Shakti had warned to not be surprised if you can’t even imagine a solution, at first. Keep trying. And I did.
After a dozen tries, I finally came up with a meltdown-free scenario. It involved sitting down with her around 2 pm and saying, “How about playing a board game?” And in my imagination, she agreed enthusiastically, and we played. Then around 3 pm, still imaginary, she wanted to play outside. She played outside, mostly, running in and out cheerfully, until 4:30 when she was ready to watch Sesame Street.
The next day, at around 2 pm, I asked her, “How about playing a board game?”…and the rest of the afternoon went exactly as imagined. What was cool about this was that day after day, this worked! We didn’t get bored (board haha), as we had many choices. Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and other thrilling choices.
I do believe this was one of the first times that a ‘self-help’ book actually helped me solve a problem so directly.
By the way, when little sister arrived, they hit it off splendidly. Just as I imagined they would!
Please join the free 29-Day Inner Peace Experience http://joangregerson_0.gr8.com!
I can’t get away
You’re a neon sign that says, It’s gonna be ok.
Tonight, it’s all okaaaaay.
It’s ok in my world
A soft shining pillow to lay by head
Who needs a bed?
Stay in the park
Embraced by the dark
What do you want?
What do you hide?
There you glide
Pull me up
Fill me up
Smooth me out
Calm me down
So this is
About the poem
This moon has got me. So damn alluring! How about you?
You see violence
I see love broken
You hear silence
I hear love unspoken
You see a world failing
I see a world ailing
It’s not falling apart
It’s just a big broken heart
Below and above
So near, my dear, right here
When I look around
I see a gap and love can fill it
I see a wound but love can heal it
And when I look at you
I see love
About the poem:
The best thing about this photo is that when I saw it, I pointed it out two 12-year-old boys who were impressed. How did you ever see that? How did you notice?, they asked.
I dunno! I’m an admirer of clouds. And everywhere I look, I see love!
The news is full of people suffering from violence around the world, as well as in our own towns and neighborhoods. It seems hopeless, but it’s not.
I recently watched the Nelson Mandela movie, Long Walk to Freedom. Two things really impressed me:
1 – He is living proof that one person really can make a difference, and
2 – This was the case even though he spent 27 years in prison.
On watching, I realized that the prison experience did not ruin his life, as most of us would expect a nearly three-decade prison sentence to do. Instead, it was critical in developing his ability to withstand pain, injustice and humiliation, and still maintain compassion. That time likely gave him the depth of character to choose peace then and as he led South Africa to overturn apartheid. But, being peaceful does not mean being passive. Mandela did not sit idly, quietly. He continued to fight for justice but even as others called for violence, he consistently chose peace.
The message here is that if we want to become powerful forces for peace in our world, we must deepen our ability to remain calm and hopeful. From that place, we can speak clearly and advocate for justice. Let’s not wish for easy lives. Instead, let’s appreciate those experiences that strengthen our ability to be unwavering in peace. Let’s learn about being peaceful, and let’s teach it.
That’s what the 29-Day Inner Peace Experience is all about! If you’ve already signed up, THANK YOU! So far, we have registrants from Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Denmark and beyond so we’re already have a world peace gathering!
If you haven’t registered, you are welcome to sign up today for this free eCourse. You’ll get 29 mini-lessons that will help you become aware of your state of inner peace, and improve your skills for keeping your cool, no matter what.
Here’s the link for more info:
Thanks for taking time to consider world peace, with a hopeful heart. What will we do to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21,
2014? We’ll work for peace!
p.s. Can I contribute as a guest on your blog? Can I speak to your group? Would you like to interview me on your podcast or radio show? Book me! Email joan (at) positiveenergyworks.com. Thanks!
Longmont, CO – While most have discarded the idea of world peace through the notion that they have nothing to offer, Joan Gregerson urges them not to give up. In fact, Gregerson steadfastly believes that even the most average of Joes can play a vital part by first finding and maintaining inner peace. To celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21st, Gregerson is inviting all to learn how to achieve this bold inner peace through a compelling free eCourse.
“The 29-Day Inner Peace Experience” is free, commences on August 24
, 2014 and continues through to September 21, 2014. Participants will receive daily deliveries of poetry, quotes, short videos, journaling prompts and tips and tricks for being calm and content. Each lesson is based on one of the 29 chapters in her book, ‘Tuning In to Inner Peace: The Surprisingly Fun Way to Transform Your Life’.
“Let’s pull this theory of world peace apart for a moment,” says Gregerson. “While the end goal may seem too bold to fathom, it’s only the sum total of every individuals’ ability to be at peace with themselves. Once we have achieved this state we can resolve the conflicts in our own relationships and start to work together to find solutions to global conflict.”
Continuing, “Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King are examples of people that have achieved this state and urged others to master their own inner peace first. Anyone can be a peacemaker, but our culture rarely teaches the art of inner peace. That’s exactly what I am doing this year – and it’s all free!”
Participants can expect to learn how to free themselves of worry, take charge of their emotions and welcome any challenges they face with curiosity and a light heart.
Gregerson’s work and book have been celebrated among readers. For example, Eric Mahoney comments, “The author synthesizes good advice from around the world and simplifies it so that even the least “peaceful” can take away surprisingly overlooked bits of wisdom. For me, the real eye-opener was the section on anger. Thanks for this book, it is wonderful!”
Kara Woods adds, “Tuning into inner peace has helped me change my perspective and calm my nerves. I imagine it will become a reference for me that I can reach for in moments of stress or when I need some inspiration. I highly recommend this book!”
Those wanting to participate in “The 29-Day Inner Peace Experience” are urged to sign up today: http://joangregerson_0.gr8.com.
‘Tuning In to Inner Peace: The Surprisingly Fun Way to Transform Your Life’ purchase link: http://amzn.to/1rMGkiU.
Our two cars came careening out of little used roads
Nearly smack dab into each other
I didn’t see the car
I almost hit it
And in that next instant
I suddenly felt the aliveness
That had been there the moment before
But I almost missed it
How can I be so forgetful
Such as this
It was whizzing by
My mind was not here
Then I paused
And I caught it
I was it
But it was close
I almost missed it
It’s tempting to give up on the idea of World Peace. As a small child, you knew it was possible. It is. And it begins with each of us being able to maintain Inner Peace. From there, anything’s possible.
Join me to deepen your focus on peace. With 29 days of inspiration delivered to your inbox, we can together build toward the goal of creating a Culture of Peace. You’ll receive a daily nugget: a quote, journaling prompt, poetry, short video or a tip or trick to help you learn to be calm and content. Each lesson is based on a chapter in my book, “Tuning In to Inner Peace.”
The series will run from August 24 until the International Day of Peace September 21.
I was having technical challenges when I posted this link earlier. (Apparently, I followed Marie Forleo’s advice to “start small and sucky”!) Sorry for any confusion with that and thanks for your patience. I think it’s now working but if you experience any difficulties, just drop me a line at joan (at) positiveenergyworks.com
This will be fun! Shall we? And bring a friend! FREE and open to all. (Free for all!?! Sure, why not!)
The morning sun leaks in
I see it
I feel it on my skin
What was your first thought today? How are you feeling right now? I lived the first 40-some years of my life stressed out, then learned a new way to live. This is why I wrote the book “Tuning In to Inner Peace: The Surprisingly Fun Way to Transform Your Life”.
Join me as I talk about the book and why I’m passionate about sharing the message that we can all learn how to be peaceful, powerful people.
One thing I love about making videos is that it makes me feel like I am hanging out with you, my friend!