Om Shanti Om. Shanti (Sanskrit for peace) is often repeated as a mantra during meditation (between the “primordial sound” Om) to help create La paz (Spanish for peace) that refreshes – with each pause to breath and reflect.
It has been said that prayer is talking to God – and meditation is “listening” (to the reply). What is it that many people seem to lack, wish for, and seek? Peace! – especially peace of mind. This blog is just a little piece of mine.
The Arabic salaam and Hebrew shalom come from a root word that means complete or whole. That is what peace brings, complete wholeness. The English word health comes from the word whole, as does the word holistic. They reflect the truth that there cannot truly be peace (of mind, in the body, or on earth) unless all parts (or pieces of the whole) are taken into consideration and included (whether they are completely healthy or not).
In Russian, the word for peace, mir, is the same one for world. Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace is probably better translated as War and the World. War is not really the opposite of peace, nor is peace only a rest/break (or “breather’) between war(s). There is a world of difference even as one affects the other. War is not an answer. There are far too many these days – not only between countries, or against problems, but in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.
Like the Beatles sang, “Give peace a chance”. Take a moment to STOP. Peace, health, happiness, and prosperity are places we come from, not places we go to. They are NOT things to seek, or do – but to BE, have, and share!
The time is always right to do what is right.
First we make our habits, and then our habits make us.
Master your thoughts – and you master your destiny.
Sow a thought, reap an act.
Sow the act, reap a habit.
Sow the habit, reap a character.
Sow the character, reap a destiny
Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Stop talking. Start walking.
Take care of each other.
Kindness is essential during chaos or a crisis.
Our smallest actions count. Everything we do has the potential to help others.
Always put positive thoughts into words and actions.
Make a point of thanking those with thankless jobs.
Put other people’s convenience ahead of your own.
Rescue or join someone struggling.
Be someone’s guardian angel.
Do “random acts of kindness”.
Deliver more than you promise.
Make others look (and feel) good.
© 2008 – 2014, Oren Pardes. All rights reserved.