thanksgiving, peace, metta

no more war“may there be peace” – what a strange and faraway thing to say about mumbai in the middle of this destructive chaos. and yet. may there be peace.

may there be peace in iraq. peace like i have among my friends, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace in the congo. peace like we have in our family, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace in afghanistan. peace like we have here in canada, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace in thailand. peace like i have at work, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace for all those frightened by the current economic upheavals. peace like the peace i have in prayer and meditation, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace for my neighbours who are going through divorce. peace like i have in my loving household, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace for my clients restless with worry whether they will find a job. peace like i have in the walks through this beautiful city, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace for my writer friends, who are using words to dig themselves out of desperation. peace like i am given by watching our beautiful cat, peace i am grateful for.

may there be peace for everyone, right now, this moment, who is pacing the floor agitated by mental illness. peace like i get from many good nights’ sleep, peace i am grateful for.

may the blessings of peace that have been given to me so abundantly flow over, into the nooks and crannies of my neighbourhood, onto the city, the continent, may they join with everyone else’s overflowing blessings and touch the world.

may our friends and enemies, all humans and animals, all created beings, may we all have peace, freedom, health and happiness.

the image of the hiroshima peace memorial park comes from hira3

9 thoughts on “thanksgiving, peace, metta

  1. ClinicallyClueless

    May there be peace on Earth and goodwill toward men!

    May there be peace in Mumbai soon before more are lost. A whole city and tourists traumatized…I am angry, but mostly sad for the loss and grief of many things for those in Mumbai.

    ClinicallyClueless’s last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  2. Catatonic Kid

    I don’t think it’s strange or faraway at all, isabella. There is an old hymn that says: “May there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” There is no other way peace can be other than by the simple voice of faith we each express in the silence of contemplation and the desire to heal.

  3. Catatonic Kid

    I don’t think it’s strange or faraway at all, isabella. There is an old hymn that says: “May there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” There is no other way peace can be other than by the simple voice of faith we each express in the silence of contemplation and the desire to heal.

    Catatonic Kid’s last blog post..No More Waiting to Exhale.

  4. Deanna

    Excellent post. I wrote the Thanksgiving post on our blog and was feeling very blessed. Then just a couple of hours later, discovered what was happening in Mumbai, and spent the rest of the day tied up in knots over the horrible developments. It’s hard to keep the feeling of gratitude sometimes, even though we know (sometimes even moreso by comparison), that we have much to be thankful for.

    Deanna’s last blog post..So there we were.. power lounging at White Bay

  5. isabella mori

    tank you everyone for your lovely comments, and nice to meet you here, deanna.

    yes, our reaction is usually to tie ourselves in knots. but maybe we’re not so useful to the world when we’re all knotted up …

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