“Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.” -Eckhart Tolle
One day not too long ago, a friend of mine, disgruntled about her lot in life said to me and I quote, ‘If I’d only find peace in my life then I know I’d be happy.” I thought about this for a while and suggested that peace and happiness have nothing to do with each other as one is not inclusive of the other.
Peace is being able to sit in the storm of life and be tranquil in the face of adversity or good fortune. This doesn’t mean a lack of feeling, for we are emotional beings, but a certain calmness that emulates from within no matter what colors give expression to each moment. This allows for the faith which goes hand in hand bringing harmony to our existence. And notice it’s not only the tough situations where we need to strive for peace. Joyous occasions can lead to stress and a lack thereof. The storm is the metaphor for life and all its circumstances.
Peace isn’t the absence of challenge in your life. It’s grasping the currents that sail forth out of the darkness of our own thinking thus sailing into calm waters.
And at the end of the day When the oceans kiss the sky And the sky turning the deepest blue Where the vast array of stars in the night sky Give sight to the moon holding ancient secrets The meeting of an endless ocean to an endless horizon. It is here that one can embrace the vastness of the universe. And it is here I shall stay... jc
Oh blue ocean seize the day For the sea will survive when all else fades away And with our courage, we’ll rise again In the promise of a new day For the sea is where we hail from And where we long to be And to henceforth, we shall return.
So blue ocean lead the way And show us what mystery you hath today For when the ocean swells with surface waves I will see your name as the north wind lays claim Tranquil in your deepest blues Born from the sea.
And when the winds seek to divide As Poseidon’s trident stirs his great oceans The gust swells into walls of blue But I ask, am I not the same as you, For the sea flows through my veins too So great ocean I swallow my pride For we need each other to survive
I sit here in the middle of an ocean, Atlantic it is You are in the very air that I breathe Your winds purify the breath and energy I need
A blue ocean is in the mystics eye at ocean’s end Lead me to a single breath of the wind on the water.
I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor
Hold on to the thread
The currents will shift Continue reading “Sail On, Sailor”
As children, we ran thru fields and meadows and trusted woods. Dragonflies flew around us, amongst us, hovering above us. Born of the water, they originally were thought to be the water nymphs of the great god of the oceans, King Triton, where all waters meet. Continue reading “Dragonfly”
There is something about the grace and serenity of water; it seems lazy and peaceful in one moment and then in the next, it shows great strength and power. Water is perseverance, patient, and adaptable; just think of the Colorado River creating the Grand Canyon. And most important of all, water is fluid… ever changing as the universe. Look up ‘fluid’ in any thesaurus and this is Continue reading “Silent Fluidity”
I sit in the evening still, a symphony of cicadas caressing my ears as their chorus trade places with one group of trees for another; not unlike a hypnotic trance. I’m surrounded by a black velvet sky perforated by the pinhole lights of stars. The new moon is hiding its face as the planet Venus gracefully observes. And I wonder when will I see my old friend again?