Give Peace a Chance.

Via on Oct 17, 2013

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On a Sunday evening, during John and Yoko’s second bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Canada, the two wrote, composed and recorded the song, “Give Peace a Chance.”

In the room were a gang of their friends and peers—Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory, Petula Clark, Derek Taylor, a rabbi, a priest, members of the Krishna Temple, the film crew, journalists, as well as many of the hotel staff. They all sang along during the chorus.

If you listen to the words of the Beatles—but/and/also/especially John and George’s solo records—and really hear what they were saying, the message they were trying to get across, all you’ll hear at the root of it, is peace and love.

On November 15, 1969, half a million people sang “Give Peace a Chance” outside of the White House in Washington, DC.

On October 2, 2010, thousands of people, myself included, sang “Give Peace a Chance” along sides Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carrie Fisher, tUnE-yArDs, Simon Garfunkel, RZA, Perry Farrell and Vincent Gallo. Downtown Los Angeles at the Orpheum Theatre. Needless to say, it was one of the greatest nights of my life.

I was changed forever.

The frequency that is created when a group of people gather with the intention of peace, is not just palpable—it is omnipotent. Here are some reasons why living life from peace is not only good for you—but for the greater good of the world around you.

Inner Peace

Peace starts within,” I believe Buddha said that. “Peace in oneself; peace in the world,” That Nich Hanh. If we’ve never tasted ketchup before—how do we know if we like it or not? If we’ve never felt cashmere before—how would we know if it was soft or rough? If we’ve never had a strawberry before—how can we say it tastes good or not?

We have to experience it ourselves before we share it with others. And by it, I mean everything. Taking time and placing energy on your own state of peace will lead to depth, grounding and stillness… that is infinite. There is no limit to how peaceful one can be. The deeper we go within our own reservoir of peace, the farther out we’ll be able to access and reach the outer world.

Peace, Love and Happiness

Living in peace also coincides with love and happiness. Living from a peaceful state automatically grants access to other chambers and doors that live in the same house. Joy, tranquility, serenity, centeredness, grounded-ness, clarity, truthfulness, calm, balance, equanimity, freedom, connectivity, union, oneness, compassion and unconditional love. These states of beings are very real, and very much worth your time, energy and life exploring.

Peace = Still Mind

When the mind is frantic, erratic and/or out of control, the body is in a state of agitation, irritation and constant flurry. When the mind has a place to land, a place to take residency, it is still and peaceful. Allow the home of your mind to dwell deeply into your heart.

The heart is the gateway to bliss, peace and liberation. You will be granted gifts and rewards for your dedication and practice to achieving more and more peaceful states.

Find practices that work for you—meaning, you notice a shift in yourself after you do them—and stick to it! Seeking leads to finding leads to implementing leads to embodying. With diligence, devotion, discipline, a strong will and a pure heart—shanti is coming.

Community of Peace

Once you become peace, you will attract only that which is in harmony to peace. Everything that is in discord, will fall away and simply disappear. You will soon find an army of peace soldiers gathered around you, living their lives with a similar trajectory—peace. The natural condition of human beings is this peace—we just forget that sometimes and have to practice, work and play to remember that peace is our inherent nature.

One of the greatest blessings of sangha is that we are constantly reminded by way of reflection. There is nothing that brings more elation to my smile than seeing a community of lightworkers. Peace amplifies when we gather together in numbers.

In the words of John, “If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s their problem. Love and peace are eternal.”

In peace, balance and unity. Shanti is coming.

 

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Ed: Sara Crolick

About Chloe Park

Chloe Park is an Artist, Spiritual Teacher, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Life Coach, Women's Empowerment Leader, Social Change Activist and Ethnobotanist. A traveling Healer and Teacher, she roams the Earth to share her message: unconditional love, self-healing and awakening. She uses the medium of writing, holistic healing, medicinal plants, yoga and meditation to help all those along the Path to attain harmony with mind, body and spirit. She is devoted to facilitating the space for Healing, Love and Truth and is passionate about bringing ancient practices and traditions into the modern times we live. Her intention with her writing is to offer Q&A for all those who are engaged in the dialogue. Chloe also writes for MindBodyGreen, Healthline, WorldLifestyle, and Yahoo Shine!. To stay connected with her current projects, retreats, teachings and traveling schedule, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chloeparkhealing or visit her website: www.chloeparkhealing.com. Spiritual counseling and life coaching sessions with Chloe are available via Skype. May we all wake up together. ॐ

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