Peaceful. Calm. Tranquil.
It’s an attractive place to be. None of us would probably claim to be there most of the time but we probably catch glimpses now and then.
Sometimes arriving at a place of peace isn’t a ‘non-doing’, resting process but one of action. Martin Luther King said, ‘True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.’
There are some things in life that we can do nothing to influence. When we accept this and let them go – as best we can – we may find peace.
There are other things in life that we accept as reality but also identify that we need to act – do something – to change them.
It’s a life’s journey separating the two, which is why Niebuhr’s serenity prayer remains relevant:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Join a virtual evening of mindfulness tonight 8 March 2021 at 7 pm (UK time) on the theme of acceptance and change. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.