“Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace we can be at peace with those around us.” ~Dalai Lama
A dear friend of mine sent me this quote from the Dalai Lama the other day. We were talking about how holiday time can be stressful for many families as it brings up a multitude of emotions. There are numerous expectations set around the holidays; the “supposed to’s” of who gathers where, who’s getting along with whom, and the comfort level of the family dynamics.
When we take the time to go inward, and tap into our own peaceful place, the world around us appears to settle quietly, like the early morning snow on a sturdy spruce. True peace can only be felt when our hearts open to loving ourselves and those around us. I learned this lesson of love from my Father early on in my life. There were certainly many times he could have thrown his arms up in frustration with his eight kids, and walked away, but he never did. Instead, he chose a peaceful stance, never judged, and waited. He might not have agreed with our choices, but he chose to stand by with a quiet strength. Of course there were trials and difficulties, just imagine growing up with five brothers and two sisters in the 60’s and 70’s, but my parents always backed each other up when it came to dealing with all of us. And in the end….Love Stood.
Below is a photo of my parents that has been floating around my family this holiday season. This is where it all began…. and then there were ten!
Wishing you all love and peace in your hearts today and always. When we get caught up in the illusion of what it is we’re dealing with, remember, peace is only a heartbeat away….