Finding Inner Peace


By Nancy Bragg


Boundaries protect

my inner peace

from outer violence,

as it breaks out during

peaceful protests.

Boundaries let me say “No,”

“No” to outer violence.

I feel grounded

in my inner peace,

supported by boundaries

I set with love for me.

Boundaries keep my inner peace safe.

Police officers also want

to keep themselves safe,

so they can go home

after their shifts

to their families.

Fear and adrenaline

take over

out-of-control

without boundaries

unable to distinguish

between acceptable and

unacceptable behavior.

People are protesting

against racism and police brutality.

People are promoting

anti-racism and justice.

What about peace?

Outer peace

begins with inner peace.

Inner peace expands

to include families

and communities.

Messages spread peacefully

and lead to positive outcomes.

I AM a Protest

By Gracemarie Cirino

(written when the Asheville, NC protests were at their peak. It was her way of joining their cause.)

I AM a Protest

Wanting to spread

the message

with peace

Assaulted on

all sides

by those who would

shatter joy

and

twist messages

Putting shields up

and allowing

peace to thrive

within

despite surrounding

destruction and terror

I remain internally

at peace

and resolute

in my message

I am a protest



Participants’ Reflections

  • We need to try to find peace no matter what is around. Seek homeostasis, i.e., a stable equilibrium no matter what. This keeps us alive, even though there is chaos outside. Maintain a calm presence no matter what.

  • It’s easy to be full of worry and fear and think of all that can go wrong. When meditating, I can feel like I’m sitting on a hot frying pan. I turn to guided meditation with Kenneth Soares for a loving presence affirmation and heartfelt presence. I can listen to him and hang my hat on his words.

  • I sometimes have trouble with setting boundaries, staying in the now. The reading and poem were good reminders to stay present to achieve a sense of serenity.

  • During covid, my personal life with chaos happening led me to a dialectic therapist, one who deals with feelings instead of thoughts. She encouraged me to use the word DISMISS when reacting…to send away thoughts when necessary.

  • Yes, dismiss the monkey mind

  • The reading reminded me of “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me”. If I am not at peace with myself, I am not doing self care. Our meditation enforces that. The strength of us as a group lets us pass energy to each other.

  • I liked Gracemarie’s word “protest”. It’s like “for test”. And calls on us to test our assumptions, test our biases. Otherwise, we don’t grow.

  • I started thinking that our ability to try to seek peace is an example of white privilege. We have the space to think about this.

  • I used to be connected to the police academy and I learned that the police’s priority is to go home safely. I have compassion for them. It’s scary out there.

  • The issue is to stay at peace, stay in your heart no matter what is happening. And people can do it in all sorts of situations.

#meditation #meditations #spiritualjourney #mindfulliving

Image by Bekir Dönmez

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