World Peace Through Individual Peace

Dear Friends,

September 21st is the UN Peace Day. This year, a massive global effort is taking place all over the world where thousands of people from all walks of life are joining hearts and meditating to foster world peace through inner peace at the individual level.

Peace, one of the most important things in life, is very much lacking in this world. Most of us despair at the state of the world today thinking that there is nothing we can do to improve it.

BUT WE CAN!

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We are part of this world, part of one family.

Like each drop together makes the immense ocean, every one of us is part of this human race and make it what it is. If majority of us have love and peace in our hearts, then the state of the world changes too.

At the simplest level, take the family for example: When I’m angry, my daughter becomes restless and cranky. When my husband is tensed about something in his office and comes home with that anxiety filling his heart, automatically all of us feel that tension and become stressed too.

Everything that is in our hearts touches and influences the hearts we are connected to. 

It all starts with the small drop of the ocean, our individual hearts. Amidst all the tensions, conflicts and stresses in our lives, if we’re able to be peaceful and full of love, then it influences the people closest to us – our family and friends.

Our family life becomes peaceful and full of love.

Their hearts are touched and they in turn touch other hearts in the neighborhood and work place. It’s like like a ripple in a pond. It starts in one tiny heart and spreads all over.

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How does meditation help in establishing peace?

Following is a beautiful excerpt from Shri Kamlesh D Patel, the spiritual guide of Heartfulness meditation taught to everyone around the world free of charge:

Often people ask out of curiosity, “Why do you meditate?”
I may answer, “To regulate the mind.”
“Why do you need to regulate the mind?”
“To attain a state of peace.”
“But what will you do with a regulated mind, with the stillness and calmness that exists within you when you meditate?”

This is a wise and stimulating line of inquiry.

What can we do with that meditative experience that helps us to rise above fickle tempers and ascend the pedestal of a steady and unruffled peace?

A lot is possible.

When peace prevails within us, and our hearts are serene and content, can we fight with one another? When we are in a calm state and we interact with family and community members, co-workers and strangers, are we not more considerate of their worries, their troubles and also kinder in our response? 

Shri Kamlesh Patel, De.mys.ti.fy.ing Meditation

So this year, join hands … No, join the thousands of hearts around the world. Meditate together with us and help in taking the first step towards a world of peace and love.

HOW TO BE A PART OF THIS INITIATIVE?

 

Join the free Live Heartfulness Webcast on 21st September 2016 and sit for meditation as per the guidance provided.

Don’t worry, in case you miss it…

I’ll be posting any recordings of the webcast or summarize the points discussed in this blog.

Between 21st to 30th September, you can also sit for meditation following the below process at your home for 30 minutes at any time of your convenience and then contact your nearest HeartSpot to learn more…

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GUIDED RELAXATION AND MEDITATION VIDEO:

This Youtube video will guide you through the whole process of relaxation and meditation.

Just put on your headphones, relax, meditate and enjoy the state of peace in your heart 🙂

**Photos from heartfulness.org and pixabay.com contributed by geralt in CC0 domain.

ASK THE AUTHOR: CORINNE MORIER

Welcome! In this month’s “Ask the Author” post, we have a very special guest with us – Ms. Corinne Morier, author of The Red Sorcerer Trilogy.

Corinne is a very talented writer and one of my dear friends. She is a bibliophile-turned-writer with a penchant for writing stories that make readers think. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, playing video games, and swimming. Her motto is “Haters gonna hate and potatoes gonna potate.”

And she is amazingly witty, especially with memes  🙂

I’m very excited to have her with us this month and grateful for all the insights she has shared. Here are some snippets of our conversation:

KS: Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?

Corinne: Yes, of course. You should most definitely write every day. No excuses. If you’re just writing for a hobby, then it’s a hobby and you pursue it when you have time. But if you’re intending to make it a career, you treat it like a second job and write every single day. A surgeon doesn’t not perform an operation because he’s having a bad day. A lawyer doesn’t not go to court because she’s “not inspired.” So if you want to be a professional writer, you have to write. It’s okay to write shit. It’s easier to edit shit than it is to edit nothing.

Another thing you should do is find a group of writerly buddies who can be your critique partners and can also help you to brainstorm stuff, because if you’ve got other people holding you accountable, you’re more likely to write and get things done.

KS:  Thank you so much for the wonderful tip, Corinne. Many of us suffer from the dreaded writer’s block because we wait for the inspiration to start/ continue writing. But developing a habit of writing daily really does wonders, doesn’t it? 

So what is your favorite motivational phrase?

Corinne: That hasn’t changed since high school.  When I was in high school and the time came to choose the quotes that would go underneath our senior photos in the yearbook, I chose Liv Tyler’s somewhat-famous quote: “I’m not perfect at all.

It reminds me that nobody’s perfect, especially not me, so I don’t have to beat myself up if I make a mistake. And yet at the same time, it reminds me that I have to keep trying and reaching for that goal.

KS: Really profound quote! I think many of us get demotivated or stop trying because we expect perfection at the beginning. It is very important to know that it is ok to make mistakes or fail. But it is more important to get up and try again.

Does your book use any references to mythology or real-world folklore?

Corinne: I don’t think it does. At least, I didn’t intend for it to. As far as I know, everything is 100% original out of my own brain. But while I didn’t intend to write it that way, my book has a lot of similarities to Romeo and Juliet: two lovers separated by their families’ hatred for each other.

KS: You have some amazing characters in your book Corinne. If you could be any of your characters, which would you be and why?

Corinne: I wouldn’t want to be any of my characters because A) they go through tons of crap that I, as their creator, made them encounter, and B) I love who I am right now and don’t want to change that.

KS: LOL! Now that I think about it, I have to agree with you. As writers we make our characters go through so much, tragedy after tragedy, to build up the conflict and tension. Poor guys! I’d hate to be in their shoes  🙂

Speaking of characters, what’s your favorite method for coming up with character names and locations?

Corinne: For character names, I use a fantasy name generator and just pick my favorites out of that. Sometimes I rearrange the names a bit – like switching out one letter or syllable for another – to make them fit into the linguistical structure of the language that I’ve created. For Elven cities, I look up names of old Latin place names and use my favorites – Irisia, Aralia, etc. or I just throw together a few syllables that sound good – for example, Yamasi Grove.

KS: Very interesting. I’ve never used a fantasy name generator. I’ll give it a try. One last question: Do you let the book “stew” – leave it for a while and then come back and edit it?

Corinne: Yes, of course. Some books I let stew for a shorter period of time than others. Right now, the book I’m working on has stewed for three years – I wrote the first draft back in 2013 and then never did anything with it. Only once did I try to edit a book the day after I finished the first draft, but I quickly realized that it didn’t work because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.

KS:  Exactly! I find that I get a clearer perspective of what needs to be changed/ improved when I’m away from my book for a while.

Thank you so much for all your insights and tips on the writing process, Corinne. I really appreciate it! Looking forward to reading more of your work…

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