Saturday, April 22, 2017

Creating Little Moments

I am discovering the little moments of peace I create for myself are a great way to spend my day.

I feel as if I am moving across stepping stones of peace from one side of my day to the other.

My little moments come in the form of not rushing myself.

I begin collecting the ingredients for a cooking project, and add to them as I pass through the kitchen.

I read the recipe several times as I do.

I follow through on the next step of gardening.

I sweep a small area where I am reorganizing a shelf.

I look up a tool to help me perform a task.

I make sure to spend time with people who are supportive and who value my company as well.

I continue my progress on various projects in a gentle manner.

I do not get mad at myself for anything I have done or not done.

I do not evaluate myself in terms of someone else’s opinions.

I remind myself that it is perfectly reasonable for me to approach my day in a way that works for me.

This helps constitute a peaceful day for me.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Solitary and Alone

As much as I enjoy getting together with friends, I still have a lot of times, especially around holidays, where I really prefer being alone.

When I was growing up, getting together meant “putting on a good face” despite the serious dysfunction of my family.

As I have been sorting out these issues, I have been blessed with lots of “alone” time, to think through exactly what was going on and what it meant.

I am learning to go beyond the coping skills I developed as a child and to gain more understanding of my needs and how to take care of myself as I progress through the work I am doing.

I am learning to effectively put down panic attacks instead of escalating them by worrying about being panicked.

I am learning to place myself in positive situations, along with the fact that I have learned to leave negative or triggering circumstances.

Even though this work has required a lot of isolation, I am grateful for it.

I am grateful for taking the pressure off myself and giving myself the time to process whatever I need to down to the smallest triggering detail.

I am grateful that holidays no longer require me to sacrifice my calm.

There are other ways to celebrate.

I am sorry for the pain I received and I am sorry for any pain I delivered.

As I learn to live better, I hope everyone affected by me is learning to do the same.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, April 14, 2017

Being the Peace

When you are in alignment with what you love to do and you are doing it, you are in the most harmonious and peaceful state possible.

You are being the peace.

Coordinating to create what you love into your life is the most powerful action you can take toward peace.

Living in peace begins with honoring your heart’s desire and soul’s expression.

You can create it in any field of endeavor, business, economics, politics, eduction, art.

As long as it comes from your heart.

Everything you need to create it is within your deepest feelings.

When you go within and listen quietly, you hear its’ whisper.

It is always a gentle presence in your heart and mind.

It is why you are here.

You are here to create the beauty and joy and delight in your heart and to live in peace.

When you share your wonderful ideas, you are creating peace.

When you acknowledge that the most important thing you can do is honor the ideas within you, you create happiness for yourself.

Your happiness contributes to the joy in your community.

The joy in your community helps create more peace.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Peace Settlement

The peace I find in settling one piece of business extends itself to a myriad of things.

Instead of searching and worrying and fretting about something, I have been able to turn my attention elsewhere.

I have caught up on several minor items, and found some things that were hidden or missing.

All of this was possible by taking care of one essential piece of business.

When a key item is put into place, so many other things adjust and can get done.

Getting the simple things done clears the way for more creative work.

I feel as though I am focusing on my peace within with grim determination as the outside world of government seems to be falling apart faster and faster.

The principles governing my life are still stable, however, as principles tend to be.

I am grateful for every step of progress as I find solutions to accomplishing my goals.

I know that principles of peace and harmony apply to each of us and to our government, and that we will find a solution, too, as critical adjustments are made.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dropping Our Pebbles

We shall continue to drop our pebbles of peace into the pond and send ripple after ripple to the shore.

Peace is achievable within each individual as we seek it instead of the disturbing images created to distract us.

The scale of deception is becoming so evident that more and more people are drawing the same conclusions.

As we devote our energies to the peace we seek within, we will see it increasingly around us until it encompasses the whole world.

As we articulate our profound dissatisfaction, we are discovering the people who have preceded us and who have discovered so many solutions.

This encourages us to find our own solutions right where we are.

We can take the first step, now that we have articulated our desire for peace.

We can take the steps to establish inner peace, and then join with others to express our solutions locally in our communities.

We do not seek peace “where there is no peace”, but within our own quiet meditation.

This communicates itself.

We move calmly through our day.

We find happiness and delight in little things and we share it, just by our attitude.

And we attract others of like-mind.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Universal Appreciation

What in my thought lets me reward or deprive others?

Every one is precious, beautiful, given unique gifts.

Each culture and society has different appreciations for different types of gifts.

Some are artistic, some are scholarly, some are economic.

The most balanced societies appreciate all the gifts and share them.

The most advanced individuals appreciate their own gifts and share them.

The most deprived individuals huddle in fear or rob others through various means, verbal, physical abuse, or privileged laws.

How can we comfort such deprivation?

What would we want to?

I would like everyone to live in happiness and prosperity.

Under the current system of values, that is not working.

With a cooperative set of values and practices, a philosophy of valuing each person and finding ways they can share their gifts would give everyone a measure of happiness and prosperity.

Social businesses benefit people in two ways, by the service or product they provide and by employing people to provide that service or product.

These two practices allow a more universal appreciation of people and their gifts while meeting their needs.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Calm That Settles Within

There is a calm that settles within as we practice seeking it.

Any news or personal event has to weigh itself against this calm.

As the calm becomes more and more pervasive in our individual lives, we create an atmosphere of calm around us.

In the peace, we can hear the next steps to take for our business, our family, our politics.

Since we are seeking to create a society which takes care of all of us in the best possible ways, we are fed wonderful ideas to accomplish this from within.

These ideas are taking wonderful form in ways which include more and more awareness on the part of all segments of society.

When society as a whole receives enough benefits from associating with each other, we will have achieved a practical and stable state.

All the individual effects tied together in groups which unify together are resulting in a very aware and active populace.

The peace and well-being that we want for ourselves naturally spills over to include everyone else.

It is worth cultivating the peace within so that as we all gain power by associating with each other, we have a new way in which to express ourselves.

We can maintain a collective high standard of living as long as we maintain a deep sense of peace and calm which settles within.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Self-Congratulation and Value

Being at peace involves true value, not self-congratulation.

Doing worthy work, which provides for the most good possible for all of us is a great source of satisfaction and peace.

Compromising one’s own value shows how worthless a person actually feels.

A source of satisfaction and peace about doing worthy work naturally increases the effectiveness of the work.

It spreads and helps others feel valued as well.

This uplifting feeling allows more and more sharing and more and more imagination in making everyone feel welcomed and valuable.

It lessens domestic strife and promotes a sense of relief and the ability to share generously.

Accepting privilege at the great expense of so many others actually lessens one’s own value.

What is the work you have chosen?

Can it uplift and give value to more people?

Can it improve they way others are living across a garden scale?

If that is your role, you have a sacred trust.

Be sure that you value yourself only as much as you value others in order to be able to do it well.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Community of Love and Trust

We build community with those we love and trust.

When we do what we love, it sets up an attracting flow.

People with complimentary skills show up in our lives and expand our work.

People who are benefitted by our work show up and are enabled to increase their flow.

Building a community on what we love to do creates trust in all those around us.

Others are encouraged to do what they love, and of course, to do it well.

Our level of skill grows through a commitment to doing what we love.

This attracts appreciation; more people want to be part of it.

Places appear where more specialized needs can be met, and the community grows through genuine interactions.

An authentic community of skills and appreciation blesses everyone within it with love and trust.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Solution to Being "Over-Revved"

After a morning of really good, productive work, we picked up our food co-op order and brought it home.

We had planned to do some more activities, but I found that I had “over-revved” myself, and needed to just shut down for a while.

As I calmed down and considered what I had put on the agenda for the rest of the day, I realized that it had quite a few components, more than I really felt prepared to deal with.

So, I just took one of them, food preparation and canning based on our co-op order, plus taking care of an extra crate of about sixty green peppers a neighbor had given us.

I simply curled up with the Blue Book Guide to Canning, and found three recipes that suited our produce box, and then felt relieved enough to enjoy the rest of the day.

Another time, I will make an appropriate “house-warming” gift for a friend’s new quilt store.

Another time, I will pick up supplies for my husband to make me a cheese press.

Another time, I will buy the gallons of raw milk to make the cheese.

I can stay in balance without hurrying or pushing myself over the top.

I can live in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.

I am so grateful to recognize when my body tells me to slow down.

Now that I respect the intelligence of what my body is telling me, I can still enjoy everything else I want to do, without “over-revving” my body’s engine.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Discovering the Peace and Truth Within Me

I have allowed myself to become so bombarded by the noise and confusion of the news, that I found I had to make a directed effort to come back to the peace within me.

As I began to listen for the now familiar feeling of peace, I shut out more and more of the noise and the confusion.

There is an addicting sense of excitement which I finally recognized as not being part of what I am interested in.

My inward peace is now leading me to the truth of my day.

Is there any confusion in my day?

Do I still know who I am?

Do I still understand my purpose?

Am I still able to accomplish it?

I am not confused about my day, nor who I am, my purpose or my ability to accomplish it.

That is my peace and that is my truth.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, March 17, 2017

Express Peace

How do we express peace?

By living with integrity.

By giving everyone the same consideration we give ourselves.

By releasing our small opinions.

By expanding our world view.

By loving and cherishing every single person we see.

By being kind.

By sharing our overflow.

By loving and caring for the earth.

By surrounding ourselves with a beautiful garden.

By helping others create beautiful gardens.

By releasing our fears and replacing them with love.

By helping others release their fears.

By building a community of fearless givers.

We all have the capacity to live in peace in these ways.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, March 6, 2017

People Under Pressure

One of the most valuable things I am learning is not to put myself under pressure.

It is exhilarating, of course, to meet a deadline.

But it is also satisfying to prepare in advance and that is usually possible.

The adrenalin rush should be reserved for crisis situations, not used for daily competence.

Growing up and raising children put me and them under all sorts of deadlines.

Now that I have time to look at all of that frantic life, I can see it would take a new philosophy to act differently.

So I am developing one.

All the things which we do separately can be done in a small co-operative setting.

Small groups of four to six families can cover all the bases, earning income, cleaning house, grocery shopping and meal preparations, gardening (for fresher and healthier food) and lawn care, childcare and homework supervision, after school activities transportation, repair work, laundry.

The time of neighborliness is not past, but it does need to be renovated, since we are all so used to isolation with all of our time-saving appliances.

A good routine and schedule also helps a lot, as do services which perform all our needs.

But, it could help remove a significant amount of pressure once the new model of small cooperative groups is worked out.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, March 2, 2017

All You Need Always

Never in a hurry.

All you need always, right where you are, right in front of you.

there is always time for calm.

Each step taken in calm deflects confusion.

It adds to the peace of mind around you.

It creates inner peace.

It shows the true nature of who you are.

It gives a tone of harmonious control to your life.

Moving quickly when there is a need can also be done in a calm state.

Everything is prepared for quick or slow motion.

But calm is constant.

You have all the calm you need at any time, always.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage