Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Reflection - Inner Tranquility and Peace

The following words come to my mind as I look at the picture above:

tranquility, peace, calmness and serenity.

Many cultures throughout history have thought of nature as an integral and necessary part of their inner lives. Many in our society have lost contact with the restorative, healing, and inspirational power of the great outdoors.

It seems that everyone today is looking for peace. Peace in the world. Peace in the home. Peace on the job. Financial peace. Everyone is looking for peace, but is anyone truly finding it?

Augustine said – "peace is something that is internal to us, if we were perceiving properly – through the eyes of the soul instead of through the senses – we would perceive that everything – no matter how shattered and disordered it appears to be – is really in divine order, really and truly perfect."

Get in the habit of taking a few minutes at the end of each day to make a list of all the things that happened in that day for which you can be grateful. It is a little known law of nature that the more gratitude you have, the more you have to be grateful about.

"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom." - James Allen

"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose." - Indira Gandhi

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV)

1 First, I want all of you to pray for everyone. Ask God to bless them. Give thanks for them.

2 Pray for all who are in authority. Pray that we will live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy.

3 That is good. It pleases God our Savior.


The next time that you come across a peaceful scene absorb it and let the glories of nature energize your body, heal your psyche, and uplift your spirit.



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