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    What if we only ever had one problem?

    “[…]tout le malheur des hommes vient d’une seule chose, qui est de ne pas savoir demeurer en repos dans une chambre.” “All of humanity’s misfortune comes from one thing: not knowing how to sit quietly in a room.” ~ Blaise Pascal How many problems do you feel you have at the moment? A Course in Miracles tells us “The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to keep the problem of separation unsolved…. All this complexity is but a desperate attempt not to recognize the problem, and therefore not to let it be resolved…. Perceiving the underlying constancy in all the problems that seem to confront you, you…

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    What if peace began in your plate?

    For many people, this is the season of Peace & Love, Forgiveness & Compassion, Goodwill & Gratitude – yes, those wonderful human qualities are typically only seasonal, alas! You might even send or receive greeting cards pleading for Peace on Earth and all that jazz, as if peace would someday finally rain down on us from the heavens thanks to some higher grace in the month of December. All spiritual traditions teach us to examine our own actions and intentions in order to cultivate peace and harmony but talk is cheap, as the saying goes. It’s really easy to say we want peace, yet working towards a non-violent world requires…

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    Peace is an inside job.

    Happy International Day of Peace! Given our current global situation, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow at this ill-fated UN Day of Peace, celebrated each year on the 21st of September since 1981. Let’s leave aside the sad truth that the world is considerably less peaceful now than it was in 1981, and take this opportunity to remember that cultivating the peace we so strongly crave is unquestionably an inside job. This is no conspiracy theory! This is time-tested wisdom that shows us clearly the most direct path to peace. Many of you will have joined me in chanting the shanti mantra “Om Shantisshantisshantihi” at the end of our…