We are now looking at the eighth month of visiting Angeles Arrien’s book Living In Gratitude. August is all about the gratitude of cultivating peace. The author asks this question “Is it time for you to ‘make peace’, to literally create more peace in your life?” Cultivating peace does not mean avoiding conflicts.
In The Peace Book, Louise Diamond writes “It simply means to move through in a clean way, without verbal or physical attacks, to find a peaceful and powerful resolution.” We can move forward through conflict by practicing our problem-solving skills, grounding ourselves, meditating and reminding ourselves to be grateful for the opportunity to create greater harmony and ease for ourselves and others.
~Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book
Thich Nhat Hanh’s community in France
I vow to offer joy to one person in the morning,
and to help relieve the grief of one person in the afternoon.
I vow to live simply and sanely with few possessions,
and keep my body healthy.
I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety
in order to be light and free.