Happy Holidays!

Peace on Earth

The holiday season is a time to gather with loved ones, exchange gifts, indulge in sweets, and acknowledge our blessings.  At the Mediation Center we reflect on the many themes of the holiday season, one of our favorites is the hope for “Peace on Earth”.  As mediators, we are passionate about creating peace where there was once conflict.  We also recognize that one doesn’t have to be Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, or Martin Luther King Jr. to create peace on earth.  We know that each and every one of us plays a part in creating a peaceful community and world.

In 4000 BC, Lao Tzu wrote the following:

If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in nations.
If there is to be peace in nations, there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in cities, there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.
If there is peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.

Imagine how the world would be if there was peace in everyone’s heart.  We would use our words to heal, not hurt. We  ould forgive instead of hate. We would give more than we take. We would see the goodness in all and in everything.

Creating peace in our hearts does not have to be difficult.  For each person creating peace may be different.  It may mean sitting quietly, praying, meditating, being with family, spending time in nature, or just becoming aware of our  surroundings.  For each person finding peace is an individual reflection of self serenity.

This holiday season, we ask you to reflect on the idea of having a peaceful heart. We would love to hear from you about what you do to create peace in your hearts. We will share your responses in our next newsletter. Please email your “pathways to peace” to Christy at christyb@mediatewnc.org.

This holiday season and always, we at the Mediation Center wish you deep peace in your heart, your homes, and your communities.  May the New Year be filled with abundant blessings for you and your loved ones.  We thank you for your support.

Peace,

The Mediation Center Staff 

The Mediation Center Staff saying Thank You to all our supporters in 2011

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