Excerpts on love, miracles and peace — A gift for your inner well-being

Excerpts on love, miracles and peace — A gift for your inner well-being

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When I was contemplating writing this article, I was inspired once again to reflect on the holidays. One of my values includes being culturally all-inclusive. Most of you who have read my articles know I include snippets of wisdom from others that I feel are particularly poignant. In this article, I have selected a number of quotes to guide and help us to meditate about the upcoming holiday season. They are taken from individuals with beliefs stemming from the five major religions in our world today. They also include other messages to help encourage and motivate us during this winter season of love, miracles and peace.

“Whenever I get gloomy [about] the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there — fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge — they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion love actually is all around.”
—The character of the Prime Minster of Great Britain played by Hugh Grant from the motion picture “Love Actually,” written and directed by Richard Curtis.

Love

It is a major tenet of the five major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Christmas — the Christian celebration of the birth of their spiritual savior, Jesus Christ — is one of the first winter celebrations.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
—Isaiah 78:14, New International Version

Immanuel means “God with us” or God incarnate. Many also believe that God is love. Others believe God is in everything and everyone — in other words, ever present and all around. My hope for this article is to shed light on the divine love within each of us. And this love is that of pure, highly vibrating energy, the kind that can truly create peace and joy, as well as invoke miracles in, through and around us if we allow ourselves to feel by surrendering to it.

“Love is all around me, it’s everywhere I go.”
—“Love is all around,” by the Troggs

The Wall Street Journal reported that Malala Yousafzai was a young Pakistani woman who was shot in the head at close range by Taliban gunman. This was in retaliation for her high profile campaign for educating and criticizing the Taliban. She survived the gunshot wound and has become a spokesperson for education, women’s and human rights. She has received many peace awards and was one of two recipients of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. She is the youngest recipient of this award. She is also a Muslim.

In her book, “I am Malala,” she expresses herself in what I feel is the epitome of love. She has a mission to educate and speak out. She is a visionary who strives to express the true meaning of love: the lack of fear and embodiment of authenticity. She also writes about her lack of bitterness or desire for revenge, which is remarkable. I also believe she embodies the miraculous.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
—Albert Einstein

Miracles

Many people believe in miracles. The New Testament of the Christian Bible has several accounts of miracles that Jesus performed. But if we take the time, we can see miracles occurring all around us. We can see them in everyday life and in the simple things. We can see them in each other. They are the extraordinary things found within the ordinary. In her book, Malala also stated, “It was a miracle I was alive,” after he was shot at close range. This young woman has taken a tragedy and miraculously created betterment for her world from it.

Another young woman, Jewish in this case, Anne Frank, wrote in “The Diary of a Young Girl”: “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” It was miraculous she remained so cheerful despite her circumstances as a teen in hiding with her family during the Holocaust of World War II. Yet there is the miracle of her life that illuminated inspiration and love. She chose to see the beauty despite the darkness all around.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wayne Dyer said, “I am realistic — I expect miracles.” In other words, we have a right to them. We just have to be open to receiving them. Love helps us to do so. Many believe the opposite to be true. Perhaps this is the season to change any negative or embittered thoughts of darkness, deprivation, sense of lacking or hate, to being open to and receiving abundant grace, love and peace. Because it is our birthright!

Peace

Elie Wiesel is a Romanian-born Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including “Night,” a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald: concentration camps he survived. He stated that “Peace is our gift to each other.” This is definitely a challenge for many of us with all the stories broadcasted depicting intolerance, injustice, war and hate. Dr. Wiesel eloquently represents the personification of love and forgiveness despite facing utter horror.

Lord Rama is the seventh avatar of the God Vishnu in Hinduism, and a king of Ayodhya in Hindu scriptures. Along with Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, Rama is considered to be the most important avatar of Vishnu. He said: “I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too. So we’re really not that different, me and you”.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
—Jimi Hendrix

Acharya Ani Pema Chödrön is a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. A disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she is an ordained nun, author and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage Trungpa founded. She writes: “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” During this season of love, miracles and peace, let us be able to feel the love and divinity that is within each of us. May we make it our priority to see that same spark of divinity found within each other.

In the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” And finally, in the words of Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Happy Holidays everyone!


Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit www.jillegreinke.com.

This article originally published Natures Pathways December 2014
 

Comments

  1. This is a beautiful post, Jill. It is so easy to feel your heart energy in the gorgeous words you’ve chosen.

  2. What great inspirations; great to look at this when one is down.

  3. Wow…what a round up of inspiring thoughts! Thanks Jill!

  4. Lovely post, Jill with heartfelt messages that we can benefit from focusing on all year, not just during the holiday season. Thanks for sharing from your heart.

  5. One of my all time favorite pieces of art is about Remembering Love – In this lush forest people extend life and goodwill to each other with flowers, and most of all “Remember Love.”

    Teena
    http://www.ignitelovenow.com

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