Sunday, June 25, 2017

Peace in Gardening

I am so happy to be following one of my longest-held goals, growing a garden.

It is peace-giving to move in the direction of your heart.

I am trying out ideas I have read about and finding out what works.

I am going about it in ways which make sense to me, one-step-at-a-time.

I am connecting threads which have been broken for most of my life.

Even though it is what I have dreamed of doing, it is terrifying to be making decisions toward what I choose.

Following the dictates of others  was a required path.

Now it is no more.

So I am building up the practice to move in my new direction.

As I begin soil improvements and start growing a few plants, I feel the peace that I have always desired.

I am so glad to see new flowers blooming and tomatoes and squash beginning to produce.

It is the beginning of something I have always wanted and it is happening.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, June 19, 2017

Living in Time

Even though our day passes hour-by-hour, we can get a sense of living outside of time.

We have our thoughts, our routines, and then we have our moments of inspiration.

As we cultivate the deep peace which connects us with inspiration, we begin to live in time with that rhythm.

Our days flow more smoothly.

We are less worried.

We maintain our poise.

Taking a moment to breathe deeply, we pause.

We can feel the inner peace just below the surface of our thoughts.

Our breath gives us a moment to connect with it and to bring it to the surface.

Then we can continue with our errand or look up the next resource for the project we are working on.

The time we are living in becomes ours to mold in a peaceful and inspirational way.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Ideas of Peace

In reading my way through “Working With the Law”  and making notes, I am struck by the practices Rev. Holliwell describes for forgiveness.

He insists that we cannot demand more for ourselves than we demand for our brothers.

If we want forgiveness, we must forgive.

That is the struggle.

To release ourselves, we must release others.

I am looking at my habitual and long-term judgements and justifications.

No matter how true they are to me, I would much rather be released from them.

So I keep listening for the ideas which will allow me to move beyond my habitual conclusions.

If I can conceive of a Higher Power that directs me, I can conceive of the same thing for others.

If I can move beyond my mistakes, so can they.

If I give them room to become more than they were, I can become more than I was.

I may never see them again, but I can wish them well.

If I do deal with them again, I can be strong and consistent enough to see them as I want to be seen.

I can be a bigger person.

I can release myself from seeing as I have judged in the past.

That is the effect my new idea of peace is having on me.

Release through seeing a different way is forgiveness.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, June 12, 2017

Challenges of Separation

Making peace with separation requires discovery and invention.

I have had the opportunity to take on several new tasks which I normally do not do while  my husband is in town.

While he is gone for training, I am learning how to do them or to get help.

I am also going even further in performing the many activities which I enjoy, and finding some new opportunities.

As the long-distance training has lasted longer and longer, I have had to find more resources.

I am exploring some new friendships outside my groups.

I am participating in extra activities within the groups.

As an introvert’s introvert, this has been a challenge.

It is worth it, though, to add another layer to friendships.

As I continue to work on my service through writing my blogs, I am also exploring how to expand it.

Very scary and challenging steps for me to confront technology.

But, it looks like it can all happen.

Offering support through one minute telephone calls and emails is a new experience also.

It is also allowing me to confront deeper troubling personal issues and to resolve them.

Stretching and expanding through separation offers greater experiences in more directions.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our Words Bring Peace

As we listen to our thoughts and feelings, we recognize tension or relaxation and happiness in them.

Our words and our reaction to other people’s words create a reaction in our body as well as in our mind.

We can keep ourselves calm and uplifted or we can create tension and despair.

We are becoming aware of what far-reaching actions are created by words spoken in the media.

The way I counteract my response is to cultivate a sense of peace before I read the news.

Then, I put myself back into a peaceful mode when I feel myself reacting.

I do this many times each day.

The words I use for myself are “I love me”.

I remind myself that I am here for an uplifting purpose.

I listen for ideas to teach little children which will help them recognize their power of goodness.

I put these ideas into “Themes” with a chant, a fingerplay and a song.  (www.MusicandBooksforChildren.com and on FB)

I give sincere compliments to people I don’t even know.

I start conversations in public places where it is possible to add a note of comfort or support.

I breathe peace into the places that I go.

I make sure that I am seeing people in a generous and understanding light.

This is a habit I have found worth cultivating.

This is how my words can bring peace to little situations around me.

It is a trickle up and out effect.

When people feel good they share that good feeling.

This is the power of our words to bring peace.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage


Friday, June 9, 2017

Guidance

When you are getting tossed around by the sway of opinions and constant news harassment, where do you find guidance?

When you look within, you find freedom from all the noise, and you can hear yourself think.

Even before you start the thinking process, there is something else underneath that.

You can choose to go into the quiet place deep below your thoughts and listen.

That is where you will find guidance.

Guidance is in the peaceful feeling that spreads throughout your body.

As you breathe deeply and peacefully, you feel the calm in which the message will be delivered.

Following the deep calm and the feeling of peace is a message.

A simple message.

It tells you to move or to stay.

It tells you to look at a particular thing.

It does not present options.

You simply feel the best course of action.

As you rouse yourself and then take the step you were given, you are honoring the guidance which you received.

As you do this over and over again, you arrive at a destination which not only blesses you, it blesses all those within range of your thought.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Slow Pace

We can reform the practices we need to at a gentle and slow pace as we become accustomed to our new habits.

If we are creating a new thread instead of just repairing an old habit, it may take more time.

We may have to test things as we explore new connections.

That takes time, too.

Each step resets the connections to all the other steps.

It is not possible to hurry.

If it feels like you are stalled or stuck, there are other hidden connections being installed.

You can only proceed as fast as it takes for all the other elements to be included.

Trying to push ahead never works.

It is better to wait it out until you feel the release.

Then you know the foundation is secure and safe for all that rests above it.

All the issues you have been working on suddenly, gently, make sense, and you can proceed at a normal pace without anxious interruptions.

In fact, the fear, anxiety, frustration, and tension no longer fit inside your body or your circumstances.

Instead, it all feels good.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage