In honor of Veterans Day, I am offering a special Yoga Nidra session tomorrow. Whether you can join me or not (I hope you can!), it feels very appropriate to take a moment and meditate on peace. To play on a well known quote, I'd like to suggest that peace is not the absence of war but a quality of being that is always present.
It seems hard or practically impossible to imagine, but you can be in the middle of a battlefield and experience equanimity. In the depth of dealing with a terminal illness and experience a sense of serenity. In the midst of earth-shattering heartbreak and experience profound peace.
I know. It sounds absurd. But I didn't make this up. These are the experiences of real people. Real. Just like you and me.
How do we wrap our heads around this?
We begin with the understanding that inner peace is a quality of being. It is an in-built part of who we are. It's alive and pulsating within you all the time. It does not go away when you argue with your friend or have a bad day or find yourself armed and ready for war.
Even in the most harrowing of times, we can still touch peace, feel it within us, and allow it to remind us that we are indeed human and alive.
Curious about this? Not sure what it all means? Want to inquire into it some more? I find that reading a message like this is a lovely reminder that you are peace, but that it can only act as a reminder once you've experienced it to be true in your whole being. Join me at any of the upcoming meditation sessions and/or schedule a private session to further inquire into this, identify, and locate your own inner peace.
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Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.