24 Hours Of Peace

24 Hours Of Peace

Each of us starts our day waking from sleep – the most peaceful of states. Keeping that state of peace can be tough, especially as we bustle through a typical day getting things done. Even harder for those surrounded by city chaos or who work in a factory or an office. I found one way is to take regular ‘Moments Of Peace’ – short oases of attention to allow the turmoil of the day to fall away and recharge my inner space. Here are 24, easily available moments to get you through the day. Start Of The Day 1.    ...

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What Are You Waiting For?

What Are You Waiting For?

How much time do you spend waiting? For people, for appointments, for trains, planes or buses. Or maybe you wait for things to get better (or worse), for time to pass, for a lucky break, for the right moment, the right person … for many things. Some years ago I was late for a business meeting. As I rushed into the room I apologised and thanked him for waiting. His reply stays with me to this day. “I wasn’t waiting,” he said. “I never wait. I always have something to do. Something to think about, a problem to mull...

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10 Books That Shook My World

10 Books That Shook My World

  Books are an important part of my life and I read a lot, though not as much as I’d like. A few rare books I wish I hadn’t bothered with, but mostly I’m selective about what I buy and rely on recommendations from those I trust. From time to time I read a book that changes my life in a big way. These are the ten inspirational books that changed my life – in more or less the order they came into my hands. It’s a uniquely personal list and I’m certain your own list would be very...

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You Don’t Need Money

You Don’t Need Money

Money is an important and inescapable part of our lives. Each of us has a relationship with money, and I’ve personally found much freedom by getting clear about that relationship. Clarifying the role of money in our lives is, I believe, a crucial step to finding peace. At the core of this is realising – you don’t need money! Master or Servant? You can’t eat or drink it, you can’t build houses with it (not sensible ones, anyway!) and it’s not very effective for clothing. While we may need some of the things we can buy with it –...

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How To Enjoy Life

How To Enjoy Life

We all judge, whether we want to or not. Transforming our judgements can take us closer to experiencing, and enjoying, the world as it really is, rather than how we think it is. To Judge Or Not To Judge Raw judgements rarely help us except in urgent situations where we don’t have time to process our thinking. A figure approaching us from a dark alleyway with something silver glittering in its hand is probably going to trigger a judgement that this is ‘dangerous and bad’. Our snap judgement could be wrong, of course, and there’s a chance (albeit very...

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Peace In Our Lifetime

Peace In Our Lifetime

Something suddenly became crystal clear to me yesterday. What had been fuzzy and out-of-focus, in a flash became sharp and well defined. It wasn’t of Newtonian ‘apple-falling-from-tree-equals-gravity ‘ proportions – yet important for me nonetheless. Dreaming Of World Peace I’d just returned from an International NVC Mediation Conference and was chatting to a friend over a coffee, sharing our impressions of the Conference. I get quite animated when talking about my dream for the future of the world – the one I state as clearly as I can in the Welcome message over there on the right: “… a...

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