Wishing you a Peaceful New Year

 Peaceful post

 I don’t know of anything more important than a peaceful mind and heart.

Peace isn’t boring. It’s a catalyst that makes possible greater depth and color. Greater meaning.

Some years back, before we married, JoAnn and I visited a friend named Grant in Arizona. He’s a clinical psychologist.

It was a fun visit. One day, besides showing us around some local attractions and driving me for breakfast each day to a nearby diner – he was so proud of his beat-up rancher’s pick-up — Grant gave us both a questionnaire to fill out.

One of the questions he asked was, “What do you value most in life?” We each gave the same answer to this question — “inner peace” – which made me wonder, at times, if this helped our relationship flourish. Something makes it work. You could scarcely find two more different backgrounds. But in this we are the same – we both love and cherish peace.

Peace is our birthright

I’m not talking here about some exalted spiritual experience reserved for a fortunate few that needs much self-sacrifice to attain – “enlightenment,” let’s say. Nor a transcendent moment that flits through our lives almost by chance – to be remembered, perhaps, with awe for the rest of our life.

I’m talking about something simple and natural that is immediately available to each of us because it is our birthright. I’m talking about simply becoming aware — in this moment, or any other moment — of the peace that resides forever at the core of our being.

Peace does not come and go

This peace is not something that comes and goes. It is who you are. It is who I am. It does not change. It is always here. It only seems to come and go because our experience of life is constantly changing. Our thoughts change continually. Our feelings are in a constant flux.

Yesterday, for example – who knows why? – a wave of anxiety arose in me that perhaps my new book, Aging into Bliss, will not succeed. The feelings were quite painful. It was a difficult day, no doubt about it.

But today is different. My natural optimism, could I say, has returned. A hard-earned optimism, by the way. This cloud I was speaking of is dissipated.

I didn’t do anything special to make the cloud go away. I don’t think that would be very productive anyway. I just continued being myself. I just continued trusting myself and listening to the wisdom of my heart.

All that is necessary is to be still

Many menacing and dangerous clouds prowl the world in which we live. There is so much pain, division, and fear. How can we not be affected? But the good news is that it doesn’t really matter what difficult feelings or thoughts arise in us. Peace is untouched by any of it. It is who we are. As we were discussing last week, all that is necessary is to be still for a moment, and the peace of our eternal presence shines through.

I send you best wishes for a Peaceful New Year. I’d love to hear any thoughts you may have on the above.

Please click here for more information about my book, Aging into Bliss. The book is now available in print at Amazon, as a PDF (via my blog), in Kindle at Amazon and in other eBook formats at Smashwords.

Picture credit:  J. Vela

 

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Journeyintopoetry January 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

A lovely New Year post Christopher, thank you.

It reminds me of a book I have just read by Thich Nhat Hanh called “Peace is Every Step”, a beautiful book.

Happy New Year to you

Christine xx

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Christopher Foster January 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

Lovely to hear from you Christine. Thank you for your kind note. I love your poems, as I’ve mentioned before, the one I’m reading right now is “Signs of Spring”. Ah, my favorite time of year, without a doubt — I think I can begin to feel spring on the way…Love to you Christine.

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Carol January 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Christopher,
Beautiful! I am learning to be still, so that my peace may rise to the surface of my being. Your thoughts, words, and gentle examples are such a help in my journey. I am grateful I stumbled upon your blog. Lucky me.
Thank you & Happy New Year & Blessings to you and JoAnn,
Carol

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Christopher Foster January 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

Delighted to hear from you Carol. Blessings to you on your journey.

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Beth Wilson January 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Happy New Year, Chris!

I love that you “didn’t do anything special to make the cloud go away.” You just let yourself be yourself and trusted the process. Sage wisdom, my friend. Too often, I get caught up in a whirlwind of “gotta fix its” when the easiest and best solution is to take a deep breath, exhale, and whisper, “Peace, be still.”

Beautiful post! I’m heading over to Amazon now . . . it just so happens I received a couple of gift cards for Christmas and there isn’t anything higher on my Amazon list than your book.

B Well!

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Christopher Foster January 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

Good to share this wild adventure of life with you Beth. Very thankful for the connection I feel with you and thank you also for your interest in my book. Hey, if you like the book, would you please consider submitting a review to Amazon? It would be a boon. Blessings to you.

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sheila January 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Good day Christopher…
I read your post the other day and wanted to respond but was blank..
I have a new perspective on peace today as I was awoken at 1 am while Alaska was sharing the tremblings with my small town in Prince Rupert and I have just read the headlines for Aurora.
Nature can show us in her magnificent way how powerful she is compared to us and how she truly can change our life in a moment. The actions of people can also make us wonder and appreciate that we may have a tomorrow…
Finding a peace and tranquility within ourselves is key to our every simple days as one never knows when we will need the strength to cope with a day that is far from peaceful…
love your posts as always
cheers
Sheila

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Christopher Foster January 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thank you Sheila. It’s always a treat to hear from you and share your wise, straight from the heart insights. Yes. As much as we sometimes like to think how perfectly in control we are it’s a fiction, really, isn’t it.

And yet in another sense we have great power. We can choose to love what is boundless and true in ourselves and we can choose how we act in the face of life’s uncertainties. My love to you Sheila. I hope tonight is nice and calm and peaceful.

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Carolyn Hughes January 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Beautiful way to start the New Year – with an attitude and commitment to keeping peace in our heart, mind and soul.
Wishing you peace in 2013.
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Christopher Foster January 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Great to hear from you Carolyn. Thank you for your comment and every good wish to you for 2013.

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Mohammed Rafi January 8, 2013 at 1:06 am

My Dear Atha (Grand father) ,

I see my grand father in you and I cannot address you by your name. Please excuse me for that. It was by accident that I had come to your website and now have fallen in love with you and your work.

Myself Mohammed Rafi, a life transformational trainer from India who has taken up to positive blogging. I look forward to meet you one day and I cordially invite you to God’s own country (Kerala) with your wife to invest your next vacation.

Please see my articles at http://www.inspiringcitizen.com/ and kindly give me your valuable feedback and guidance at your guidance my dear Atha.

Luv,
Rafi

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Christopher Foster January 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Rafi, love to you too. I wish you much happiness and success with your blogging and with your life. You live in a wonderful country, for sure. A magical country. I cherish the memory of my visits to India back along the way — and if opportunity provides, I’ll much enjoy taking you up on your kind invitation to visit you in Kerala.

Your blog is beautiful. I think your articles are very timely and inspiring. I love your latest one about applying the “ten positive words” used by President Obama. And what a fine title you have chosen for your blog. Again, every good wish. Blessings to you Rafi, and stay strong.

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Mohammed Rafi January 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

Your love has reached me and it is giving me an awesome feeling my dear mentor. Thank you very much for accepting my request and giving me a detail feedback about my blog. I will definitely share your blog to my facebook followers and friends. That’s the best I can return my dear mentor.

Your continued support and encouragement will help me moving forward and I have a humble request to make. Please plan a trip to Kerala one last time at the earliest and it would be my pleasure to have your family with us.

Luv,
Rafi
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Nadeja January 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

Dear Chris,
Thank you for your beautiful message, always inspiring, always blissful! :) I purchased two of your books which I will give as gifts, but not before I read it myself. I will give feedback after I have done so. You have always been an inspiring person in my life ever since I read the “Time for Heroes” poetry which you wrote a while back! Thank you for the life you live. Thank you for sharing your gift of inspiration with us – the world. Blessings and love to you, friend,
Nadeja

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Christopher Foster January 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

How beautiful friendship is, isn’t it, Nadeja. The friendship of kindred spirits. Thank you so much for your kind words. And thank you for buying the books. I’d appreciate your feedback on the book very much. If you enjoy it, would you please consider the possibility of submitting a review to Amazon? That would be so helpful, to me but also perhaps to others. Love to you Nadeja.

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kim January 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

Hi Chris,

As always, thank you for your post. Inner peace is at the top of my 2013 wish list.

I’ve got to tell you that I read your book just after Christmas, and was totally moved, and inspired by your little book. It is just wonderful. I am on my second reading as I write.

Please don’t feel anxious that it won’t succeed, because I can assure you it’s a treasure, something people will keep by their bedside table and read and read and read.

Next week I will write a review on Amazon. Let’s talk about doing a skype interview?

Your treasure is working it’s magic. Trust in that.

Kim
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Christopher Foster January 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Bless you and thank you Kim. I love the name of your blog, by the way. Dream on. Never deny the nudgings of your own heart, never belittle the wisdom of your own imagination. We all have such a unique gift to give.

Your words about my book are a balm. Thank you so much. A call via skype would be lovely, let’s set it up. Wonder what you have to say about Downton Abbey…hmm .. will the new series be better or maybe not? Blessings.

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Christopher Foster January 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Thank you for your lovely invite Rafi. Good luck and God bless.

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