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Dona Nobis Pacem- Today I Am a Peace Blogger

Today is the Blog4Peace blogblast.

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I decided to share a lesson in peace that has meant much to me.

I am a practitioner of A Course in Miracles. My favorite lesson is Lesson 34: I could see peace instead of this. This lesson asks me to consider each thought that causes me stress, anxiety, or fear, and to tell myself I could see peace instead.

The first time I read that, I thought that was impossible. I was a fearful being, suffering from PTSD, and seeing everyone as out to get me. How on earth would I EVER see peace?

And yet, today I can see peace in many aspects of my life. And what’s more, because I have given myself that gift, I can also share it with others.

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Now don’t get me wrong. I am well aware that I’m no Dalai Lama. I am FAR from perfect, and there are plenty of days that I DON’T see peace instead. But those days are far fewer than they used to be.

Just as happiness is an inside job, so is a peaceful heart. If you want to see a peaceful planet, the work must be done from within, not without. You can’t give what you ain’t got.

I found peace through practicing the lessons in A Course in Miracles. If you’re interested, the entire text of the book, including daily lessons, are online. There are plenty of other places where you can find a sense of peace. Another text that has been quite helpful for me is Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now.

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Will you share with us what has helped you walk your path to peace?

Namaste.

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Discussion

53 thoughts on “Dona Nobis Pacem- Today I Am a Peace Blogger

  1. Peace is the most worthy of causes to blog for. Mummy says whee piggies have such peaceful uncomplicated lives, maybe hoomans need to take a leaf out of our book?!

    Blog 4 Peace ^_^

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | November 4, 2013, 4:06 AM
  2. What’s the idea as to 1-3 exactly? πŸ™‚

    Posted by Mystery | November 4, 2013, 4:33 AM
    • I checked out your blog. I hope one day you know what peace is.

      Posted by rumpydog | November 4, 2013, 4:41 AM
      • I know and I appreciate when you click like πŸ™‚ It’s not with all people, I would like it if it rolled off like some say can be done.

        So, what are the first three lessons on your link there teaching exactly? πŸ™‚ To detach from the meaning we give things? or… I”m not sure. I looked around the room too like it says… haaha! πŸ™‚

        Posted by Mystery | November 4, 2013, 4:48 AM
      • The lesson is that it’s not what I see that causes me distress, but how I perceive what I see. Many things I perceived as bad have brought good into my life, so is that bad?

        Posted by rumpydog | November 4, 2013, 5:40 AM
  3. p.s. Thank you. I do too as to peace… πŸ™‚

    Posted by Mystery | November 4, 2013, 4:49 AM
  4. Lovely post, I’m feeling more peaceful already.

    Posted by Lisa A. Kramer | November 4, 2013, 5:30 AM
  5. thanks so much for that advice Rumpy, I will be sure to use that the next time I feel like strangling somebody (KIDDING!!!!) I am so sorry but I couldn’t resist!! πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dakota/Caren/Cody | November 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
  6. The stoic philosopher Epictetus said that the only thing we can control is our reactions to the events around us.

    Posted by Russell Smith | November 4, 2013, 6:06 AM
  7. I think Ralph Waldo Emmerson described it best: For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. I will try to waste not one second of peace with being angry :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | November 4, 2013, 6:43 AM
  8. We’re purring for peace and wishing you a very peaceful day!

    Posted by The Paw Relations | November 4, 2013, 7:06 AM
  9. Rumpy I am going to be clicking on your link. I identify with Lesson 34. I am always looking for a peaceful place within. Peace to you.

    Posted by Pix Under the Oaks | November 4, 2013, 7:25 AM
  10. My mom says that she feels peace when she looks at our faces…she thinks that animals have peaceful and innocent faces…like the pictures above, DeDe Rumpy and June Buggie’s faces are very peaceful. πŸ™‚

    Posted by eripanwkevin | November 4, 2013, 8:38 AM
  11. Thank you for such a beautiful post. I am familiar with the Course in Miracles, and I really appreciate the reminder. Namaste

    Posted by Jobi Harris | November 4, 2013, 9:00 AM
  12. That is a wonderful sentiment to try for. I will try to beat that into TW’s head. Oh wait, I mean I will peaceably chant that to her. Pop used Namaste as a sign-off all through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. When he had his radio show, that’s how he signed off. It’s beautiful to see it back in use. Peace out.

    Posted by Cathy Keisha (@CathyKeisha) | November 4, 2013, 10:09 AM
  13. Namaste, dear friends. We, too, are blogging for peace. Wishing, purring and praying for peace for all beings … yoday and every day.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | November 4, 2013, 11:38 AM
  14. Great post Rumpy,One day my friend one day!xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | November 4, 2013, 11:41 AM
  15. Wishing for peace, dear Rumpy and June Buggy.

    Posted by Katie Isabella | November 4, 2013, 1:16 PM
  16. A lovely idea and sentiment for sure!!

    Posted by Austin Towers | November 4, 2013, 1:26 PM
  17. I really like this song. I didn’t post the whole thing because I thought it was probably too long. I love this verse because I like the concept of the brotherhood of man. I have shared this on other blogs today too.

    Imagine by John Lennon

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man

    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    You, you may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you will join us
    And the world will live as one

    Posted by Judy & C.A.T.S. | November 4, 2013, 1:48 PM
  18. Peace be with you!

    Posted by wigglebuttryker | November 4, 2013, 1:56 PM
  19. I’m not familiar with the Course in Miracles, but that sounds like a perfect stress reliever. I think I need to learn more about it.

    Posted by Sage | November 4, 2013, 2:50 PM
  20. This is the peaceful-est blog ever – every day!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | November 4, 2013, 3:33 PM
  21. What a great tip, Rumpy. We purr for peace…today and everyday.

    Posted by The Island Cats | November 4, 2013, 3:58 PM
  22. Happy Peace Day, Rumpydog! Generally, I’m a very chillin’ person, but I do tend to get worked up over a few things, like anyone. I just try to always be diplomatic rather than crush the opposition. Tends to work out more peacefully that way.

    Posted by Julia Phillips Smith | November 4, 2013, 4:59 PM
  23. Purring for PEACE !
    Tillie and Julie are still working on the peace thing πŸ˜‰
    Peace, Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

    Posted by Tillie and Georgia | November 4, 2013, 5:53 PM
  24. Peace be with you friend πŸ™‚ An inspirational post

    Posted by Adam Hughes | November 4, 2013, 5:56 PM
  25. Such a beautiful day that we all came together for Peace. Namaste

    Posted by madmadmargo | November 4, 2013, 7:17 PM
  26. Peace begins with us.

    Posted by Bernadette | November 4, 2013, 7:25 PM
  27. So, Mom Linda here…Savannah let me comment this time…what I learned that always takes me to the path of peace…is to own my accountability for outcomes, especially those I don’t like. Then I can seek to first understand rather than always wanting to be understood…yes, a little “Steven Covey”…but my learning is much deeper than his ever was…just saying…I resolve nothing unless I first look to my own contribution to the lack of ‘peace’

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | November 4, 2013, 8:07 PM
  28. I found great peace in reading your post. This is also my quest. Several years ago, I bought Daniel Levin’s “The Zen book” and have felt calmed just by reading the quotes and viewing the excellent photos. I also seek peace thru my faith, Catholicism, and have have a copy of “Keep Calm and Carry On” quotes posted on my desk at work, Each has helped, but I’m still a work in progress.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | November 4, 2013, 8:44 PM
  29. I have a tiny post-it note with three words written on it “LET IT GO” πŸ™‚
    And like you, I’ve found the more you do it, the easier it gets.

    Posted by EllaDee | November 4, 2013, 8:48 PM
  30. Cats may argue from time to time, they know that the best way to live happily is to be at peace… Purrin’ for Peace right along with you!

    Posted by Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz | November 4, 2013, 10:11 PM
  31. Between DeDe’s reminder to never leave the house without a smile and your post about seeing peace we can all be calmer and warmer..

    Posted by whydowepaythem | November 4, 2013, 11:25 PM
  32. Namaste Rumpy, DeDe, June Buggy, Jen and the rest of your grrrrrrrrreat gang. Love this post.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | November 5, 2013, 1:45 AM
  33. its definitely a worthy cause. I can be a type to get a little worked up, so Ive tried to focus on just taking a minute between feeling and acting

    urban hounds

    Posted by urban hounds | November 5, 2013, 5:21 AM
  34. Choose not to be offended. There are plenty of things out there that can steal my peace if I let them. This is one way to stay calm. Also hugs from my doggie.

    Posted by geanieroake | November 5, 2013, 8:54 PM
  35. I really like that lesson. I missed the chance to practice it today during my commute home from work, so I shall practice it tomorrow.

    Peace to you and yours on this and every day.

    Posted by Travis | November 5, 2013, 10:49 PM
  36. Granny’s reading the Course of Miracles too. She has the book, but she also prays and sings mantras, especially when she let someone else take her inner peace away. Kundalini yoga helped her to overcome a lot of fears and other unwelcomed thoughts and I help her to stay in her Peace. Peaceful Pawkisses πŸ™‚

    Posted by angelswhisper2011 | November 6, 2013, 5:05 PM
  37. In re: Peace
    From: Lindy Lee aka Lindell Vecchio to Rumpy Dog with the endearing face…
    http://poeticlicensee.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/judge-not/

    Posted by Lindy Lee | December 5, 2013, 7:41 AM
  38. A student of Course In Miracles! Started it many years ago and worked through all the lessons. It’s always good to do the refresher (thanks for the reminder) and I need that again… .. it truly does force you to challenge all your dearly held beliefs on peace and the origins of peace. Lovely writings and intellectual/spiritual truths.
    In my book, Rumpy, you are a peace blogger everyday.

    Peace to you and yours,
    Mimi

    #4268 in The Official Peace Globe Gallery @ http://blog4peace.com

    Posted by Mimi Lenox | December 27, 2013, 11:01 PM

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