Monthly Peace Challenge: June Peace at Home

Russell Coates Art Gallery Bournemouth

Photo credit: Martin Beek via Flickr

The reporter asked the actor, “With your great success and growing family, is it possible for you to find peace in your own home?”

“That depends,” the actor said, as he handed an autographed napkin to a female fan; home can have different meanings. My home that stays constantly at peace is the one Tad Williams once wrote about…”

“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.”

You know,” the actor opens into a roaring laugh, “I have a new wife expecting any day and three teenage boys at home. If there is peace at home, I must work hard to find it!” He lingers in thought for a moment. “But seriously, yeah, I actually do find peace, even through the most chaotic day.”

The eager reporter asked, “Briefly, if you don’t mind, sir, how do you find this peace?”

“Well, it took a long time, but once I embraced contradictions and tensions as precious gifts, peace just happened. Now I understand the words of Joss Whedon in his 2013 Wesleyan commencement address. It is in our nature to have, according to Whedon, “inner paradoxes of which we’re all woven…”

The actor continued his dialogue summarizing Whedon’s words, “The tension is our body naturally wanting to die, you know, on a cellular level, but something drives us and shouts, no! Go out and achieve great things for yourself and the world.”

According to Whedon:

“…this ability to recognize and embrace our inner conflicts and bipolar tensions…is a blessing rather than a curse.”

…You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key – not only to consciousness, but to real growth.

…This contradiction, and this tension, it never goes away….Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. It will always be in conflict. If you accept that, everything gets a lot better.

Suddenly a cell phone rings and the actor excitedly answers, “I’m on my way, honey!”

“Listen, it is my wife. She’s in labor. I gotta run. Hey, I hope I answered your question. You should check out Whedon ’87 Delivers 181st Commencement Address. He lays it out straight:

“Don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.”

The reporter closed up her notebook and thought, in all we do, no matter where we call home, contradiction and tension is always there to honor and acknowledge. If I learn to understand my own inconsistencies and not judge others for theirs, then, my inner peace remains an active part wherever I go.

Headed back to her office, the reporter smiled. Assignment completed.

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If you liked this post on exploring peace at home, you may want to visit and join in the Monthly Peace Challenge hosted by Everyday Gurus

Thank you!


Home & the World

Just before sunrise, a soul awakens to the quiet within the home. Without distractions or demands, the only sounds heard are the slow rhythmic breathing that melts the soul to body on the yoga mat. (Well, perhaps an occasional purr from the dozing house cat. :)) Stretching through the Sun Salutation and focusing the mind, every tight muscle begins to loosen with every deep breath. The heart centers itself down the path of relaxation and becomes awake and charged with energy from the sunrise. The day is almost ready to begin. In prayerful pose, the radiant energy expands out from the home to the world…

“May the longtime sun
shine upon you
All love surround you.
And the pure light within you,
Guide your way on. Sat Nam*”

*Kundalini Yoga farewell blessing

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Grateful intentions
Morning sun behind the cloud
Home yoga practice

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

This is the cutest post ever…check out Susan’s Kitty Yoga over at Long Life Cats & Dogs! Now, if Pixel can do yoga…so can you. 🙂

Peace + Love ❤

Lights, Lights…Home

Copyright-Roger Cohen

A bright memory shines from long ago…
Photo Copyright-Roger Cohen

Genre: Mainstream Fiction*

The photograph fell onto the hard floor as Mia violently lost another hospital meal. Her chemo treatments made eating almost impossible.

As she feebly reached down to pick up the only memory she had of her brother and sister back home, a stabbing head pain seized control and brought her jerking back onto her pillow; tears flowed uncontrollably down her contorted face.

These painful episodes were coming more frequent and Mia felt the uninvited alien in her brain would soon be victorious.

Mia closed her eyes; her two younger siblings took up their instruments and Lights finally played her home.

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Come and join the Friday Fictioneers party!!

THE CHALLENGE: Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)

THE KEY: Make every word count.

Get in on the fun with all the info you need with host Rochelle: 11 January 2013.

*someone correct me if genre label is wrong!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

The Weekly Photo Challenge looks at Changing Seasons:

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Changing Seasons: From frivolous summer pool days to stagnant winter blues…

In Changing seasons

Swimming pool once a delight

Now home for algae


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Are you ready to meet your changing seasons? 🙂

Enjoy a few more from Change of Seasons collection:

SUNDAY POST : Favorite Spot–Home

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.” ~Mother Teresa

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Favorite Spot: HOME…on the couch…chillin’…

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~Jane Austin

My favorite spot to relax and unwind is at home; sitting on the couch,  enjoying a good movie or a game of Mahjong with good friends and family.

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Where is your favorite spot to just hangout? 

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Join up every week with Jake as he hosts the SUNDAY POST : This week’s theme is Favorite Spot . Below are creative contributors for this theme…enjoy!

Stay, Stay at Home, my Heart

“His home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” ~James Montgomery

Hey, here is something charming and warm. Today I saw a billboard advertising and some local doctors in our area are making house calls. I know, big deal, right?  Just think though, one day you wake up sick, you feel awful, feverish and so very weak; the thought of going over to the doctor’s office would simply be painful, if not impossible.

Not to worry, just dial the physician who makes the house calls and depending on the appointment schedule, relief for a better tomorrow can be just around the corner. Yay! There is no effort on your part except for the waiting, dozing off and a bit more waiting. Labored breathing may take some effort, but we trust the traveling doctor and in all the healing medicines soon to arrive to put everything back into proper balance and order.

Therefore, we patiently wait for the doctor to arrive.

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–photo credit: Wikipedia

Then I got to thinking, why stop with doctors making house calls, why not activate a whole team of home delivery services for the ultimate home body, (or would it be a hermit’s) lifestyle?

The first thing a home body should have delivered, starting tomorrow morning, would be fresh milk. You know, like the ones you see in the movies where the milkman comes in a white uniform carrying the chilled bottles of fresh milk with the round cardboard cap carefully placed on the narrow bottle top.

For my neighbor next door, I would have her switch from plastic baby diapers to cloth diapers and have her activate the cloth diaper service that would bring fresh, clean diapers right to her front doorstep every few days. Why wash poo-poo diapers when you can have the diaper service people do it for you. Right?

Let us see, hmm, my neighbor would also need to give birth to her next baby at home, preferably with the doctor who does house calls, however, if the doctor on call is too busy to attend to the birth, my neighbor could use a midwife just the same.

Enough on the neighbors, we should have all our meals brought over with one of those fancy grocery/meal delivery services. We could order groceries and meals on-line, but only in between blogging, and have it delivered right to the door.

So, since our health care is just a call away to the house call doctor, our neighbors and food situation all set up and ready to go, we  just need to have the newspaper, and the mail delivered everyday. Oh, and of course, to finance this home delivered lifestyle we need a successful home business.

Gee, it is nice to know that the heart that finds rest in a peaceful home, rarely seeks to venture far from the source of happiness as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes:

“Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.”


Is there anything else we need to keep us trapped flourishing at home forever?