There’s a Time for Everything

There’s a time for everything, and everything in its time.

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There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

~  Tao Te Ching, translation by Stephen Mitchell

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To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to weep, and a time to laugh
A time to mourn, and a time to dance
A time to get, and a time to lose
A time to keep, and a time to cast away
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

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From Silence to Peace

Every now and then I remember that peace comes from silence. We should all cultivate healthy periods of silence and solitude in our lives. Great discoveries and insights come from these moments. And I believe the world would be a lot better if we all unplugged for a while. Mother Teresa’s recipe for peace is five lines long. Guess what? It starts with silence.

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.

~ Mother Teresa

Think about it. Think about how your life would be with more silence in it.

Just do it!

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Desiring Others to Change

Mindfulness practice makes it easier for us to focus on the present moment and not worry as much about the past and the future. It brings us to a place where we are more centered, and where we begin to notice that focusing on the present moment is very liberating. We perceive that we are calmer and happier, and this realization produces even more calm and happiness. As we practice, we develop a feeling that we are growing, developing, getting better, moving forward, all of which is very exciting!

But although we may be changing by practicing mindfulness, this doesn’t mean that those around us are also going through a similar process, or moving in the same direction, or even transforming themselves at the same pace as we are.

Sooner or later, as we progress to a place of greater freedom, we catch ourselves desiring for the people in our lives to experience what we are experiencing; we want them to evolve as we sense we are, not only for their benefit, but also for our own because we suspect that their growth will make our journey easier. Many times we feel that by not being on the same path as we are, they are hindering our evolution. We feel that they hold us back, and even pull us back to old ways that we have concluded are no longer beneficial for us, ways that we want to abandon. So a desire emerges in us: we want the people with whom we share our lives to change as we are changing. We want them to be different.

Although this is not uncommon, it doesn’t pass the test of mindfulness. When this desire emerges, we need to be cautious and investigate it carefully.

The first thing we should remember is that stress is created by not accepting reality, or, in other words, by desiring the present situation to be what it isn’t, what, actually, is impossible. The present situation is what it is. Period.

In this particular case — of wanting people to be what they aren’t — we can immediate notice the 5 C’s in action: comparing, classifying, categorizing, criticizing, and condemning. If we are mindful, we will catch ourselves judging — not accepting others as they are — and notice that our lack of acceptance of ‘what is’ — our desire for people and situations to be different than who and what they are — is generating a disturbance in us.

We can also notice that our assessment that others are not changing — that they are stuck in their old ways, unwilling to change — is inaccurate. Mindful observation makes it very clear that we are changing, all of us, all the time. No one stays the same, and no situation lasts forever. It is very clear for mindfulness practitioners that change is perpetual and inexorable.

A deeper examination may reveal that we are the ones who are stuck in our old ways. Perhaps, we are not approaching the people in our lives with a beginner’s mind, with the necessary curiosity to discover who they really are now, in this moment. We have classified and categorized them in the past, and we continue to rely on the old assessments, conclusions, and labels that we have given them. We are oblivious to the fact that they have changed too, and that we need to look at them with fresh eyes in this present moment.

The diligent practice of mindfulness makes the impermanence of everything very evident. By paying attention, we realize that as we are changing, the people with whom we share our lives with are changing too. Therefore, challenges like this one — the desire for people to be different — allow us to grow in acceptance, patience, and trust. They remind us that there is a time for everything, and that the wisest thing we can do is to let things be as they are, let them unfold as they will, while focusing on the enjoyment of the present moment. If the new situation we wish to come about is to take place, we trust that it will at the time it is meant to, without the need on our part to interfere or strive forcefully.

Mindfulness also makes it very apparent how interconnected we all are. This produces an inner knowing that understanding, compassion, and acceptanceof others are not only good for them, but also for us. The awareness of our interconnectedness also makes us realize that our growth and evolution are already affecting the people in our lives in positive ways, and that as we change, they will change too; it’s inevitable.

Finally, we should remind ourselves that the challenges we face are great teachers. They offer us opportunities to practice mindfulness and augment the space between stimulus and response which gives us more time to consider options and choose the wisest and most constructive responses. We should congratulate ourselves in this instance for noticing our judgment of others, and the upsetting emotions associated with our lack of acceptance, because this, in itself, is a great step towards personal peace.

All these aspects should be calmly considered when we feel the desire for people to be not who they are, but who we want them to be. Whenever these desires come up, may we be able to slow down, pause, take a deep breath, observe, and gleefully welcome these moments as great opportunities to mindfully cultivate curiosity, acceptance, patience, and trust in the process of change.

May we be able to look at the people in our lives with lover’s eyes again. May we be able to look and see the new in the old. May we be the ones who bring understanding, compassion, and healing. May we be the ones who do all we can to promote reconciliation, rekindle  strained relationships. and end all conflicts with renewed love.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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To Hug

“To hug is to say with the hands what the mouth is not able to, because not always there are words to say everything.” ~ Mario Quintana, Brazilian poet

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

Eternal Silence

Immersed in the eternal silence

Surrounded by the sounds of the ocean

The sun slowly moves up in the horizon

I feel its warmth upon my face.

“Feel the breeze!” I remind myself

“And the freshness of the water,

And the softness of the sand.”

The smooth pebble smiles and wakes me up from my dreams

“Smoothness comes with time,” I say to myself

I breathe deeply and consciously

I smile

I am here

You are here

We are here

Now

~ Piero Falci

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

We Are Not Our Thoughts

Pause for a moment and analyze: isn’t it true that when we are suffering we are actually lost in unsettling thoughts? Obsessive thinking and identification with thoughts is the primary cause of suffering.

The practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful living allows us, first of all, to notice that we are thinking all the time. By creating a distance — a detachment that enhances our aptitude to objectively observe the activity of the mind – this practice gives us the ability to realize the omnipresence of thoughts. It makes us better able to notice that the brain is an unstoppable thought-producing machine. It gives opportunities to analyze the nature of thoughts, and realize that thoughts appear spontaneously, and that they are completely random and ephemeral.

With practice we begin to notice that we don’t know and cannot know what our next thoughts will be, and realize how surprising they can be. We notice their impermanence — how they arise and pass away — and come to the conclusion that we have no idea about their origin or destination: we don’t know where thoughts come from, and where they went when they are no longer present. All these realizations are very liberating and lead us to see that thoughts are not real and we are not our thoughts.

Mindfulness practice teaches us to recognize thoughts simply as transient appearances in our consciousness, which ultimately gives us a great resource for a better life: the ability to understand that we have some selective control. We realize that  we can choose not to allow ourselves to be carried away by thoughts, and that we can choose which thoughts deserve our attention and which ones we should simply let go.

Mindfulness also gives us, during those moments of suffering, when we notice that we are lost in upsetting thoughts, the ability to simply say to ourselves, “It’s just a thought!” In other words, it gives us freedom. It liberates us from being dominated by unwholesome thoughts.

This ability of noticing thoughts, letting some of them go, and redirecting the attention to the present moment is liberating, stress-reducing, and life-enhancing.

Humans, unlike other animals, spend a lot of time thinking about what happened in the past, or might happen in the future. Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University conducted a study and concluded that “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost. A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” Yes, the untrained human mind spends an immense amount of time ruminating and anticipating, but the good news is that we can train our minds. The practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful living can reduce mind-wandering, bring us back to the here-now, and enhance happiness.

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

Death is Evolution

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“Death is the only wise adviser that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.'” ~ Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan

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I have been thinking of physical life as a stage in the process of evolution, and seeing the end of our physical life simply as a moment of transition to another educational campus. I imagine someone coming to me, when the moment of transition approaches, and saying, “OK. Enough. You have learned the lessons you needed to learn and taught the lessons you were brought here to teach. There’s no need for you to stay here anymore. It is time for you to leave this dimension and go the the next one.”

I like to think that physical death is just another moment of transition on this evolutionary journey. It is not that we reach the end of our journey when we die; it simply continues in another dimension.

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I can understand people feeling sad when a loved one dies. There is sadness in all separations. But this sadness, maybe, is just because that person will not be around, at least not physically, and we won’t be able to enjoy their presence any longer. But we all die, right? Impermanence of everything is the rule, right? So, we must accept death with equanimity.

For me, the problem is not that that I talk a lot about death; the problem is that we don’t talk about it enough.

I want you to know that I am happy, content and satisfied with my life, and thrilled with what lies ahead, both in this life and the next. I have had, and have a rich life, full of great experiences and relationships. I am highly blessed and experience great abundance. I am able to see magic, mystery and miracles all around me. I feel blessed because I have learned to notice beauty: the beautiful sunrise, the scents in the air, the dance of the leaves in the soothing breeze. I am grateful for the life I have, and the people I share it with, especially my wife and sons. Although I feel that I haven’t finished giving my contribution yet, I already feel that I am leaving the world a little better than I found it, not only through what I have done and will do, but also through everything my sons have done and will do. I like who I am. I am proud of my accomplishments. I have no regrets.

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I invite you to read the excellent book Sunset Stories: Lessons from the Dying for the Living by Paul Veliyathil, and these two blogs:

Death is Nothing at All – 1

Death is Nothing at All – 2

 


 

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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I’m Not The Only One

Today we remember John Lennon, born on October 9, 1940. I admire his vision, and I would be thrilled if we all accepted his invitation to pause, imagine, and create a whole new world. Yes, I do believe that we can organize ourselves to live in new and improved ways, manifesting, right here, whatever we imagine Heaven to be. We have all the resources and the knowledge we need to create a brotherhood of man. We just need to imagine, believe, and take action, each one of us doing our part, however small, day in and day out. We can do it. Let’s do it!

Live for today. Live in peace. Share all the world.

Much love to all.

~ Piero

“Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

~ John Winston Ono Lennon, born John Winston Lennon on 9 October 1940


 

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Do They See Me?

Do they see me? The ones climbing this tree; do they see me? And the ones that tickle my knee; do they see me? And the ones journeying through this old wooden table in the garden; do they see me? And these ones I carefully avoid stepping on as I mindfully walk this labyrinth; do they see me? These ants, I mean; do they see me? And if they don’t, then what else is out there that I don’t see?

I wonder.

 

 

It’s just a thought

What is the past? Is it not just a thought in the present moment? And what about the future? Is it not, also, just a thought in the present moment?

Pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and observe yourself: “What am I thinking? Am I, in this moment, regretting the past or worrying about the future?”

Whenever you catch yourself ruminating or anticipating, remember to say to yourself, “It’s just a thought.” Take some gentle steps to reduce this time travel of the mind, and to be grounded in the here-now, the only real moment of choice-making and life-creation. Connect mindfully with this present moment, refocusing your attention on whatever you may be doing, paying detailed attention to the simplest things. The place is here, and the time is now, so be here, now. And by doing so you will be reducing anxiety, taking better care of yourself, and bringing more happiness and peace to the world.

What is the past or the future if not a thought in the present?

Remember: “It’s just a thought, and life, in this moment, is not this thought.”

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Remember: “Thoughts are not real!”


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Today

I feel that you need to hear this again…

Today is not just another day.

Today is a special day.

Today is the first day of your new life.

Wake up! Are you listening?

You have the power to make today different from all other days.

Choose to make today a remarkable day.

Be creative and bold.

Take risks.

Do something new. It doesn’t have to be grand.

What are you waiting?

Remember…

Today is a special day.

Today is the first day of your new life.

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See simplicity in the complicated.
Achieve greatness in little things.
In the universe the difficult things are done as if they are easy.
In the universe great acts are made up of small deeds.
The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness.

~ Tao-Te-Ching

 

Know that You Are Loved and Love Yourself

I feel that you need to hear this again:

I love you.

You have no idea of how much I love you.

You have no idea of how many people love you.

You have no idea of how much you are loved.

You were, are, and always will be immensely loved.

My love for you is not conditional.

I love you regardless of anything.

I love you anyway.

I love you just the way you are.

I want you to be happy, and knowing that you are happy makes me happy.

So, stop with all the nonsense.

Have some self-compassion.

Accept the forgiveness and the love that were given to you.

Forgive yourself as you already have been completely forgiven.

Know that you are loved, and love yourself today.

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And God said “Love Your Enemy,” and I obeyed him and loved myself. ~ Kahlil Gibran

 

The Hurricane and Me

With another hurricane approaching I can feel the fear furtively creeping in. Influenced by all the upheaval and insanity around me, I notice myself momentarily lost in a world of worries and fears, imagining the worst that may happen. And, sadly, I feel myself diminishing, becoming small.

But then, I pause, breathe, and ask myself, “What is the worst that can happen? Is it to lose my house, my belongings, my loved ones, or even my life?” And suddenly I remember that sooner or later, all this will be gone, because nothing lasts forever. This remembrance brings me peace. It wakes me up, and makes me reflect on what is really important in life.

Suddenly, this clear and present danger becomes a blessing in disguise. It brings about the opportunity to put things in perspective. It helps me develop acceptance of ‘what is,’ whatever it may be. It gives me the impetus to expand, rather than contract. It propels me to move beyond my petty self-centered worries, and present myself to be of service to others. It offers me the opportunity to be big instead of small.

Yes, there is a storm coming in the distance, but there is also one much closer, right inside my head. The good thing is that I have developed the power to calm this one.

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Calming the Storm

We are bringers of peace and sanity during moments of turmoil. It is in moments like this one that our peaceful presence is needed, and I thank you because I know you have dedicated yourself to reach this calm state and be this sane and wisdom-exuding presence.

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In a boat full of fearful and agitated people, one sane, calm, and steady-minded person can find the way through the fog and storms, and take the boat to a safe harbor.

Practice mindfulness.

The world desperately needs more steady-minded individuals.

 


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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“Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

“Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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“Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org


 

 

Living More Mindfully

Why should we practice mindfulness? Well, it’s because the practice of mindfulness leads us to live more mindfully, and a more mindful way of living enhances the quality of our lives: the unpleasant occurrences do not wound us as deeply or last as longer, and the pleasant ones are noticed sooner and enjoyed fuller.

The practice of mindfulness develops skills that allow us to see beyond what we normally see, and to see again those things that, with the passing of time, became invisible to us.

To live mindfully is to live noticing what is real; being aware of life as it is, not as we would like it to be. Living mindfully is to see who we really are, and also who we are not. It is living with the ability to notice the pleasant and the unpleasant, calmly resting in the knowing that both are inevitable and transitory. It is living with the power to be at peace with ‘what is,’ accepting and dealing with both the good and the bad that life gives us. It is living with the capacity to augment the space between stimulus and response, and choose health-enhancing responses rather than health-damaging reactions. It is living with the skill to pause, breathe, and ask, “What is called for now, in this moment?” It is to peacefully live in the knowing that everything is impermanent, that nothing lasts forever, and that transformation is the only constant in life.

The consistent practice of mindfulness meditation — the cultivation of moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness — helps develop a skill set that allows us to live more mindfully. With the regular practice of paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, and non-judgmentally, new qualities of mind arise, which reduce the physical, mental, and emotional wear-and-tear and enhance our overall well-being.

We practice mindfulness meditation in order to live more mindfully, and, in doing so, we not only live better lives, but also make the world a better place. With our peaceful presence, we become bringers of peace, and a blessing to every person we meet.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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I’m Sixty-Four

Well, sixty-four years ago I transitioned from another dimension to this one. I was immersed in a aquatic environment inside my mother’s womb, and came to this beautiful paradise. Like everyone else, I learned to breathe pretty fast.

Where did I come from? This is one of those good questions for which I know I will never get conclusive answers, but, still, I keep asking because I love to explore. Did I make a conscious choice to come here? If so, where was I, and what did I come here to do? Did I receive an assignment, a mission to complete here? Did I choose my family and the people in my life? Did they choose me? Did we agree before coming to this dimension who would be mean and who would be kind; who would wound and who would heal? Who knows, right? So many questions, so few answers.

As you may have noticed, I agree with the saying of Socrates, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” It inspired me to call my blog “Exploring and Inspiring,” and I added to it, as a subtitle, “Paying attention and living a life that is worth living!” I feel I am doing just that.

Yes! I’m sixty-four, and this reminds me of the song “When I’m Sixty-Four,” written by Paul McCartney, and released in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967. I was fourteen years old then, and that was half a century ago. And here I am now, five decades later. The future that I couldn’t have imagined then, and was so distant, has arrived. Fifty years have gone by really fast. I can’t phantom that I have already lived 23,376 days.

I’m sixty-four now. Wow!

Life is good! Life is great! I love my life and I love my wife! It is time to celebrate!

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out ’til quarter to three, would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
Ah
And, if you say the word, I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse, when your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings, go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight if it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Ah
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

 

My Calling and Commitment

After this sixty-four year journey of exploration, I am pausing and feeling the ground on which I stand.

“Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with the family of the Earth?” (1)

I am committed to the work of improving myself, and the work of helping others with their inner exploration, discovery, and actualization of their full potentials and highest purposes in life. This is my calling and my commitment.

I find great joy in guiding people on their journeys of finding their own answers to the four essential questions: “Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with the family of the Earth?” I want to help as many people as possible ‘remember who they are and what they came here to do.’

I am committed to helping other individuals let go of lives that have played themselves out and do not serve them anymore, as I, myself, continue this work. I find it very rewarding to help others let go of the load of the past — their past identities, obsolete stories, and all the dead weight that they are unnecessarily carrying — so they can travel light through life and achieve greater fulfillment in the here-now.

I am committed to teaching them to live mindfully and powerfully in the present moment, understanding that they should not let the pursuit of a future happiness be the source of their present unhappiness. I want everyone to understand that chasing dreams should not deprive anyone from the enjoyment of all the good that is always right here, right now, in every moment. I want them to be aware, also, of how the reviving of painful memories prevent them from enjoying life fully in the here-now. I am committed to teaching them how to deal with those mental images and internal conversations in a healthier way.

I want to encourage people to say “Yes” to life, to trust life with all it presents, both good and bad. I want to help people recognize, accept, and give thanks for the gifts that life is constantly giving. I want them to realize that a good life is a collection of good moments, and that they should pay attention in order to make the most and the best of every moment.

I am committed to encouraging people to heed their calling in life. I want them to ask, “What am I passionate about? What are the things that when I do them I don’t feel the passing of time? What are the gifts that I am meant to give?” I want them to courageously live authentic lives, remembering what Joseph Campbell said: “Follow your bliss, and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” I want to remind them that “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. But if you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” (2)

I am committed to guiding people in the introspective work that begets those powerful awakenings which reveal what could not be seen before. I want to remind them that “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (3) I also want them to understand that “when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” (4) 

I believe that our thoughts create our world, and that is why I have decided to dedicate myself to practice and teach mindfulness. I believe that deep personal transformations produce wholesome thoughts, words, and actions which, then, create a wholesome world. I believe that guiding people through this process is one of the most powerful forms of political activism for bringing about a better world. Meditation yields the experience of oneness — the sentiment that we are all in this together, and the understanding that we are one — which is essential to develop empathy and compassion, and create the gentler world we aspire.

Let us become kinder people and bring about a kinder world. Let us tame our own savageness and bring Heaven to Earth, because Heaven is right here if we want it to be.

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NOTES:

(1) Wayne Muller in “How Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions that Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives”

(2) Jesus in “The Gospel according to Thomas”

(3) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in “The Little Prince”

(4) Max Planck, German physicist, the founder of Quantum Physics

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

The Life I Have Decided to Live

I was tired of always doing ‘what I had to do,’ and not having time to do the things I wanted to do. For a long time, my most ardent desire was to organize my life in such a way that I could have plenty of time, every day, to do what I love to do. So I paused to ponder on important questions, such as, “At this stage of my life, what is really important? What is my purpose in this life, and what are the best contributions I can give? What are the most important relationships in my life, and am I giving them my attention? What do I love? What am I passionate about? What do I like to do? What do I really want to do? How does an ideal day look like for me? How shall I live, knowing that I will die?”

As a result of this process, I took steps to simplify my life, and got rid of the things that prevented me from doing what I considered important and pleasant. I now live a much simpler, uncomplicated life that gives me plenty of time to do the things I want to do, and I calmly say “No” to what is unimportant and unpleasant, without feeling the slightest guilt about it.

Without the pressures of the ‘have-to-dos,’ I now have more time to notice and appreciate all the magic, mystery, and miracles that surround me. I am in awe with the splendor of the Universe, and grateful for everyone and everything in it. I realize how blessed I am, and give thanks all the time for all the gifts that were freely given to me. By becoming aware of this abundant wellspring of blessings, I am more optimistic and generous. And by sharing what was given to me — by being of service to others, and helping them enhance the quality of their lives — I experience bliss. Seeing people happy, makes me happy.

I’m fortunate. I feel I am doing what I came here to do. I do what I like, and I like what I do. Life is good!


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

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Appreciating or Wanting?

I fluctuate between wanting the present moment to be different than it is, and appreciating it exactly as it is, with all it brings. I fluctuate between wanting to be better and appreciating myself just as I am.

My default mode seems to be the wanting one. I have this unending desire to be a better man. I want to be a kinder, gentler, more generous, patient, and peaceful human being, and this desire constantly propels me to do more, read more, study more, meditate more, reflect more, and write more.  And because I believe this pursuit to be a worthy and noble one — and one that can be reached through work — I keep doing the things I believe will bring me closer to the desirable goal.

But, unfortunately, while in the middle of doing all these things, I constantly forget to remind myself that this pursuit to be better has no end, because no matter where I may be, improvement is always possible. And since I am pursuing a target that is constantly moving — and is always ahead of me — this unending struggle can be exhausting! So I have to pause and ask myself, “Do I really need to be more? Do I really need to do more? Can’t I find contentment with myself as I am? Am I not enough already? What am I chasing?” I need to remind myself that no matter how noble the goal may be, a chase is always a chase, and every pursuit is a struggle.

Those times when I am able to switch from the wanting mode to the appreciative mode, I realize that everything is fine, and that I don’t need to be any different; I don’t need to be more, or do more. I realize that expressing my uniqueness — which is revealed through living with authenticity — is the best thing I can do, the best contribution I can give to the world. But to get out of the wanting mode in order to live more in the appreciative mode, I need to practice. I need to remember to live mindfully, and as the saying goes, “It is not difficult to be mindful. What’s difficult is to remember to be mindful!” Practice is needed. I have to remind myself to pay attention to the here-now, and appreciate whatever the present moment may bring. I have to remind myself to follow my bliss and find joy in all that I do.

I notice a lack of balance: I spend too much time striving, and not enough time appreciating. I spend too much time demanding a lot from myself, and not enough time pampering myself.

Enough with all the striving! Time to switch modes! I am enjoying the present moment, this moment, right here, right now, in all its beauty.

My body is healthy. My mind is clear. My heart is joyful. And my soul is serene.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org


 

 

Return to Innocence

A good friend told me about his recent trip and the great experience he had with his little grandchildren. He told me that now that he is practicing mindfulness he was able to really be in the here-now with them, immersing himself more fully in their world, something that he hadn’t experienced before. He was able to better observe them and realize the depth of their curiosity, as well as their genuine amazement with what they were seeing and discovering for the first time. We talked about how vital it is for us, adults, to keep this curiosity and capacity for amazement alive. And we reflected on the words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Yes, the kingdom is right here, right now. Heaven is here if we want it to be.

I always heard that children are innocent, but only now, almost three decades after the birth of my first child, I can say that I understand what that truly means. The practice of mindfulness opened my eyes, allowing me to see this innocence anew and realize how incapable I was of grasping its essence, meaning, and beauty before.

I feel deeply that children are the greatest teachers. They live in the here-now. We — with our fears, worries, and regrets — are the ones who remove them from the enjoyment of the present moment, telling them that they have to push themselves to be more, do more, and have more. We are the ones who instill in them all the things that spoil their innocence.

I remember my kids during the first decade of their lives, when they were discovering the world. How innocent they were! How I wish I could go back with what I know now, and instead of trying to teach them, simply relax and learn from them.

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I facilitated a silent retreat yesterday and spent time in nature, walking mindfully in a beautiful botanical garden. This morning, I received an advice that I should spend more time in nature. Unexpectedly, the music video of the song “Return to Innocence” by Enigma — that I watched many years ago — came to my mind. Watching it again made me remember the innocence of my sons. I remembered cutting my oldest son’s hair and teaching him to ride a bicycle. I remembered the two of us watching the sunrise together, while he pointed at the sun, talked to the ocean in his own universal language, and smiled.

I also remembered the love I received from the women who shared their lives with me. I remembered myself as the writer whose words vanished from the pages. I remembered myself as the sower of seeds of mindfulness. I remembered myself as the shepherd who followed his sheep as we, together, returned to innocence.

An old man remembers.

A newborn remembers.

I remember.

Return To Innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

Love
Devotion
Feeling
Emotion

Love
Devotion
Feeling
Emotion

Don’t be afraid to be weak
Don’t be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny.

Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence.

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

Don’t care what people say
Follow just your own way
Follow just your own way
Don’t give up, don’t give up
To return, to return to innocence.

If you want then laugh
If you must then cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny.

Songwriters: M.C. Curly
Return To Innocence lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

It’s just a thought

Where do thoughts come from? Who generates them? What is this non-stop narration that we hear in our heads? Who does the talking? And who does the listening?

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After a great performance of his band, my son was joyfully and justifiably relishing in the praise. He was celebrating, feeling really good, and having a great time. His band opened for another band, and it was a great concert! Then, something happened that caused an interruption in those good feelings and spoiled that moment for him: he was accused of something he didn’t do: stealing beer from one of the venue’s many bars! Evidence was brought to light, and soon things were clarified, proving that he hadn’t done anything wrong. The beer had been given to his band before the concert, and was in their rehearsal room. That’s where he took it from after playing the opening act and coming to the floor to watch the rest of the concert. Those who accused him quickly apologized with great sincerity, and even gave him a gift as a compensation for their hurried misjudgment: more free beer!

Now, rather than returning to the enjoyment of the present moment, and taking in the joy of a great concert, my son kept ruminating the accusation, totally ignoring all the good he had recently experienced, and could be experiencing still. He had a difficult time letting go of the bad and redirecting his attention to the good that came out of it — a sincere apology and a gift —  proving, one more time, that “the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, and like Teflon for positive ones.” He kept repeating to himself, “How could they think this of me? Who do they think I am? I would never do that! It hurts. I am hurt.” But, in reality, who or what was hurt? His image? His reputation? His ego? And what are those things if not abstractions, if not thoughts, just thoughts?

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Time to think: “Why does blame stick for such a long time and praise wash away so fast? Why do we retell negative stories and not so much the positive ones?”

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Do not get stuck in the quicksand of what is negative. You can get out. Actually, with some practice, getting out of this quicksand becomes quite easy. There’s no need to retell painful stories. Do not revive upsetting emotions.  You can choose! You can remain their prisoner, or you can liberate yourself by simply saying, “It’s just a thought.”  Give them a shoulder shrug, and move on! Enjoy what is good in your life, right here, right now, without magnifying what is bad. Remember that everything comes and goes. One moment gain, the next moment loss. One moment pleasure, the next, pain. One moment praise, the next, blame. Everything is impermanent, and nothing stays the same. The past is gone. And what is the past if not a thought in the present moment, right?  Let it go.

It’s just a thought!

You can choose. If you are going to get stuck, get stuck in the territory of the good events and good feelings. If you are going to retell stories, choose to retell the pleasant ones. This a training for you. Practice to notice what is good, pleasant, and positive in your life. Practice to retell the good moments of your life. This is going to activate new pathways in your brain that will predispose you to notice more often all that is good, which in turn will enhance your positive outlook, optimism, and the quality of your life.

So, whenever you are accused of doing something wrong, either repent and apologize if you have actually done it, or, if not, say to yourself, “I know who I am. I know the ground where I stand. I know what I did and what I didn’t do. I will listen to those who accuse me first, and then I will speak my truth quietly and clearly, hoping to clarify the situation and be understood. But if I’m not, there’s little I can do. If I’m unjustly condemned, so be it. I have no control over other people’s judgments. If people choose to think bad of me and spread falsehoods about me, so be it. I have no control on what other people think, say, or do. Whatever others think of me is none of my business. I know who I am. I know the ground where I stand. I know what I did and what I didn’t do. The people who know me and care about me, my true friends, know who I am. And those who doubt my integrity and character, don’t really know me, and are not truly my friends. If they depart, there’s no loss for me; only for them.”  Say it, and move on in peace.

So, there you have it: a suggestion on how to mindfully respond when people falsely accuse you, misjudge you, or spread falsehoods about you.

Remember what Dr. Seuss quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

May you be able in uncontrollable situations to give a shoulder shrug, accept, let go, and move on in peace.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

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Doing without Doing

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Wu Wei” is Chinese for non-doing  or non-action.  It refers to creating without striving, without excessive effort, without trying to desperately control the outcome.

“Wei Wu Wei” is action without action, the competence of easily achieving results without really having to do much at all. It brings to my mind images of allowing Life to flow naturally while trusting the Universal Wisdom, obeying the commands of our Inner Voices, and offering ourselves to be used by the the Universe to create through us.

“The Sage is occupied with the unspoken and acts without effort. Teaching without verbosity, producing without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the Sage has nothing to lose.” ~ Lao Tzu, in the Tao Te Ching


 

Flowing in the zone

Do you remember those times in your life when you were fully focused and energized, thoroughly enjoying what you were doing, feeling that you weren’t really doing anything and that things were being done through you? Do you remember being in that state of complete immersion in the present moment while performing a task, with a calm confidence that everything you wanted to achieve was possible? Do you remember your amazement with the extraordinary results you were getting spontaneously and effortlessly, without thinking or striving too much? Do you remember losing track of time, feeling that everything slowed down like in a slow motion movie, and hours went by like minutes?

Many athletes and artists have told us that during their hyper-focused experiences they feel as if they are in a special zone where everything flows naturally, easily, without obstructions.

The practice of mindfulness expands one’s ability to enter “the zone” and stay in this state of “flow.”


 

Peace comes through the work we do to improve ourselves

Today we celebrate the birth of Peace Pilgrim, one of the wisest teachers of harmony that the world has ever known.

“In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves.” ~ Peace Pilgrim

“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” ~ Peace Pilgrim


 

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Songs as Faithful Companions

Joni Mitchell’s ability to carefully choose words to convey emotions is admirable. Two of her songs — Down to You and Shadows and Light — have been my faithful companions since my youth. I guess we are still together after all these years because as I change, I keep discovering something new in them. These are poignant chants that remind me of the impermanence of all things, that change is the only constant in life, that the pleasant does not exist without the unpleasant, and that good and bad, right and wrong, reside in all of us. Great wisdom through inspired, sublime poetry!

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Down to you

(first and last strophes)

Everything comes and goes
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
Down to you
Constant stranger
You’re a kind person
You’re a cold person too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

Everything comes and goes
Pleasure moves on too early
And trouble leaves too slow
Just when you’re thinking
You’ve finally got it made
Bad news comes knocking
At your garden gate
Knocking for you
Constant stranger
You’re a brute you’re an angel
You can crawl you can fly too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

Joni Mitchell © 1973; Crazy Crow Music

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Shadows And Light

Every picture has its shadows
And it has some source of light
Blindness blindness and sight

The perils of benefactors
The blessings of parasites
Blindness blindness and sight

Threatened by all things
Devil of cruelty
Drawn to all things
Devil of delight
Mythical devil of the ever-present laws
Governing blindness blindness and sight

Suntans in reservation dining rooms
Pale miners in their lantern rays
Night night and day

Hostage smile on presidents
Freedom scribbled in the subway
It’s like night night and day

Threatened by all things
God of cruelty
Drawn to all things
God of delight
Mythical god of the everlasting laws
Governing day day and night

Critics of all expression
Judges in black and white
Saying it’s wrong saying it’s right

Compelled by prescribed standards
Or some ideals we fight
For wrong wrong and right

Threatened by all things
Man of cruelty-mark of Cain
Drawn to all things
Man of delight-born again born again
Man of the laws the ever-broken laws
Governing wrong wrong and right
Governing wrong wrong and right
Wrong and right

Joni Mitchell © 1975; Crazy Crow Music


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Walking at Omega, 2014

Ted DesMaisons is an instructor of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and a great human being. I feel fortunate for having had him as one of those who prepared me to properly teach mindfulness for children and adolescents. What follows was written by him. Enjoy!

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by Ted DesMaisons:

Simple summer moments can prove so sweet.

I just recently returned from a wonderful retreat at the Omega Institute with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) luminaries Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. We spent most of our time in the first few days engaged in mindfulness practice, cycling through sitting, walking, lying down and yoga meditations. Six AM to 9 PM, almost non-stop makes an endurance challenge, for sure, but it also brings a steadier mind and more open awareness. On one of our extended walking meditations, with 100 or so of us spread across one of Omega’s great lawns as the day’s light faded, the heart of the following poem came to me.

Here’s hoping the moment speaks to you as well.

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Walking at Omega, 2014

We move over this open field like
early evening fireflies,
flickering lamps of awareness
in measured motion,
dancing with
the oncoming dark.

Each floats and pauses
under her own power;
Each honors his own track.
Still, we sense each other
in the soft periphery,
conjoined in pulsing multitude.

Surely, we are not alone.

Like any lights,
we, too, will someday extinguish,
falling into
that great darkness
which births
and swallows
all things.

For now, though
—in this moment—
let our hearts rest
in quiet reassurance,
this field of quiet fires
ever available
for those
who choose to see.

~ Ted DesMaisons

Walking at Omega, 2014

 

No Mind – Mushin No Shin

The Last Samurai is a 2003 movie that tells the story of the changes that took place in Japan in the late 19th century, and in the life of a man who learns mindfulness.

In the movie, an American mercenary (Tom Cruise) is captured in battle and taken to live among those he was fighting against. After some time, although still a prisoner, he is allowed to live just as any other member of the community. He begins to participate in many of the village activities, such as samurai sword-fighting training. In the beginning, his performance is awful. After many defeats in the practice fights, he is told that he has “too many minds,” and is advised to have “no mind.” He is told to let go of the many thoughts that are crowding his head, thoughts that do not allow him to focus on the here-now.

Once he learns to reduce the overthinking and increase his present-moment-mindfulness, he begins to reach that flow state that brings about noticeable improvements in his performance. With time, he learns the Bushido tradition — the code of the samurai — and becomes more grounded, centered and present. Experiencing greater peace of mind, he grows in respect for the samurai way of life.

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Mushin is a Japanese word that means no mind.

Mushin no shin is a Zen expression that can be translated as the mind without mind, a mental state of no-mindness where there is an absence of discursive thought and judgment.

Through practice one can learn how to be in this no mind state. This is desirable because a person whose mind is not occupied by distracting thoughts and emotions is better able to act and react freely, without hesitation.

The Zen master Takuan Sōhō said, “The mind must always be in the state of ‘flowing,’ for when it stops anywhere that means the flow is interrupted and it is this interruption that is injurious to the well-being of the mind. In the case of the swordsman, it means death. When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of himself, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forgetful of all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the subconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in the hand of the man’s subconscious that strikes” 

Once Mushin is attained through practices that refine the mind, the objective is to then attain this same level of complete awareness in other aspects of the practitioner’s life.

Mindfulness practices are used to train the mind and equip practitioners with that present-moment awareness that leads to more mindful ways of living which, in turn, enhance the overall well-being and quality of life.

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Credits: A big part of this text is based on the Wikipedia article Mushin (mental state).


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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My 9 Ls – Advice for Living a Fuller Life

Advice for living a better, fuller, richer life.

Advice for increasing the enjoyment of life.

Look deeply. Listen attentively. Learn unceasingly. Lead compassionately. Laugh profusely. Love wastefully. Live fully. Let go of everything. Leave an honorable legacy.


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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Early April Mornings in Athlone

Cold air and long shadows. Trees waking up after a long retreat. Fresh bulbs and little leaves decorating branches tired of fighting the winter winds. Pigeons and crows protecting their nests. A coming back to life.

And an infinite number of diamonds floating down the river Shannon, shining jewels that can only be seen in this present moment, but cannot be kept for later enjoyment, just like every single moment of our lives.

~ Piero Falci

Athlone, Ireland, April 2, 2017

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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Facing the Dragon

Beaches of Molokai 2015 – photo by Florencia Clement de Grandprey

In the mythical stories, the knight has to face the dragon. It is her destiny. She has to accept the calling. There is no alternative.

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The Reluctant Knight – “It’s a daily struggle. I took the leap and still live in uncertainty. Every day I try to let go of what doesn’t serve me. Every single day I question everything, including myself.”

The Listener – “You have so much to teach. You are living the Hero’s Journey. You may not be living the life many others think you should be living, the habitual, normal, pre-scripted life. Your adventurous spirit threatens many, but for others, like myself, you are a hero. Don’t listen to other people’s criticism. Do not judge and condemn your own self. Bask in the admiration we have for you. Be courageous and be brave. You are admirable!”

The Reluctant Knight – “I wish I believed in myself as much as you believe in me. Sometimes I wonder if I’m deceiving myself into thinking this is really the best way, the way to awareness and clarity of purpose. But then I think of the alternative and it looks even worse. So, I just keep trucking along hoping a sliver of clarity will appear along the way. “

The Listener – “You are doing what is right, dealing with ‘what is.’ Don’t think too much about the future. Deal with life as it presents itself to you, and make the best of each and every moment, right here, right now. Don’t lose this moment. Stay in the Here-Now, awake, alert, aware, and fully alive. See with the eyes of the heart, and don’t let the Magic, the Mystery and the Miracles of this moment go by unnoticed. Don’t allow your mind to be caught in regrets and worries. Look around and be amazed, grateful, and happy. Yours is a victorious existence. Just consider how many are just sleepwalking through life. You are an example to all of us, so continue to be courageous and brave. Slay the dragon and come back to share the story with us. Just remember where the dragon is.”

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Two years after slaying the dragon, the Knight returns to the village to share her story and what she had learned. “I don’t feel the existential anxiety as strongly anymore. After the struggle there is much peace. The reward for searching isn’t necessarily finding all the answers but rather feeling it’s OK not to have them. Surviving the journey is strengthening in itself…that’s slaying the Dragon.”

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Florencia Clement de Grandprey – “For those of you who have decided to stop sleepwalking through life and have taken the leap of faith following your hero’s journey, here is a conversation I had with my dear friend and mentor Piero Falci two years ago and then again this morning…” – June 15, 2017

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Looking at this world as an observer from another world

I am working to change my mindset. I keep reminding myself that the way it has always been isn’t the way it has to be. I am convinced that we can bring Heaven to Earth if we so want.

I am learning to calmly accept what is. I came to the realization that I don’t need to ferociously oppose what I dislike. I now see many possibilities, and see that I can choose to step aside, or choose another road, or even choose a new destination altogether. Why? Because this dimension in which we are operating is just one dimension among many. I have realized that I can look at this world as if I were an observer from another world.

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“I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus have I found peace.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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When I do this, I am not turning away from the harsh realities of this dimension. Yes, there are people suffering and I will do what I can based on what I believe is best to alleviate their suffering. My belief is that we will be able to bring Heaven to Earth when we expand our mindsets and become able to see new possibilities in all areas. I believe we can manifest realities through our thoughts and vibrational energies. This is what I have been exploring and, hopefully, also inspiring others to do.

Exploring and inspiring.

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

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www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Peace that Makes Life on Earth Worth Living

President John F. Kennedy spoke about peace at American University’s Spring Commencement on June 10, 1963.

“What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace – – the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — the kind that enables man and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children – – not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

“So, let us not be blind to our differences – – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

Here’s his speech in its entirety:

“There are few earthly things more beautiful than a University,” wrote John Masefield, in his tribute to the English Universities – – and his words are equally true here. He did not refer to spires and towers, to campus greens and ivied walls. He admired the splendid beauty of the University, he said, because it was ” a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.”

I have, therefore, chose this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is to rarely perceived – – yet it is the most important topic on earth : world peace.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace – – the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — the kind that enables man and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children – – not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all of the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by the wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations unborn.

Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles – – which can only destroy and never create – – is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.

I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war – – and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.

Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament – – and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must re-examine our own attitude – as individuals and as a Nation – – for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward – – by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course of the Cold War and toward freedom and peace here at home.

First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many of us think it is unreal. But that is dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable – – that mankind is doomed – – that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.

We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade – – therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable – – and we believe they can do it again.

I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of universal peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the values of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal.

Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace – – based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions – -on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace – – no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process – – a way of solving problems.

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor – – it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.

So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable – – and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly – – by making it seem more manageable and less remote – – we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

Second: Let us re-examine our attitude toward the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to think that their leaders may actually believe what their propagandists write. It is discouraging to read a recent authoritative Soviet text on Military Strategy and find, on page after page, wholly baseless and incredible claims – – such as the allegation that ” American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars…that there is a very real threat of a preventive war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union…(and that) the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries…(and) to achieve world domination.

Truly, as it was written long ago: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth.” Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements – – to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning – – a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodations as impossible and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements – – in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage.

Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique, among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland – – a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

Today, should total war ever break out again – – no matter how – – our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironical but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the Cold War, which brings burdens and dangers to so many countries, including this Nation’s closest allies – – our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter-weapons.

In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours — and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.

So, let us not be blind to our differences – – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

Third: Let us re-examine our attitude toward the Cold War, remembering that we are not engaged in a debate, seeking to pile up debating points. We are not here distributing blame or pointing the finger of judgment. We must deal with the world as it is, and not as it might have been had history of the last eighteen years been different.

We must, therefore, preserve in the search for peace in the hope that constructive changes within the Communist bloc might bring within reach solutions which now seem beyond us. We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists’ interest to agree on a genuine peace. Above all, while defending our vital interest, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy – – or of a collective death-wish for the world.

To secure these ends, America’s weapons are non-provocative, carefully controlled, designed to deter and capable of selective use. Our military forces are committed to peace and disciplines in self-restraint. Our diplomats are instructed to avoid unnecessary irritants and purely rhetorical hostility.

For we can seek a relaxation of tensions without relaxing our guard. And, for our part, we do not need to use threats to prove that we are resolute. We do not need to jam foreign broadcasts out of fear our faith will be eroded. We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people – – but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.

Meanwhile, we seek to strengthen the United Nations, to help solve its financial problems, to make it a more effective instrument of peace, to develop it into a genuine world security system – – a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.

At the same time we seek to keep peace inside the non-communist world, where many nations, all of them our friends, are divided over issues which weaken western unity, which invite communist intervention or which threaten to erupt into war. Our efforts in West New Guinea, in the Congo, in the Middle East and in the Indian subcontinent, have been persistent and patient despite criticism from both sides. We have also tried to set an example for others – – by seeking to adjust small but significant differences with our own closest neighbors in Mexico and in Canada.

Speaking of other nations, I wish to make one point clear. We are bound to many nations by alliances. These alliances exist because our concern and theirs substantially overlap. Our commitment to defend Western Europe and West Berlin for example, stands undiminished because of the identity of our vital interests. The United States will make no deal with the Soviet Union at the expense of other nations and other peoples, not merely because they are our partners, but also because their interests and ours converge.

Our interests converge, however not only in defending the frontiers of freedom, but in pursuing the paths of peace. It is our hope – – and the purpose of Allied policies – – to convince the Soviet Union that she, too, should let each nation choose its own future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of others. The communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension today. For there can be no doubt that if all nations could refrain from interfering in the self-determination of others, then peace would be much more assured.

This will require a new effort to achieve world law – – a new context for world discussions. It will require increased understanding between the Soviets and ourselves. And increased understanding will require increased contact and communications. One step in this direction is the proposed arrangement for a direct line between Moscow and Washington, to avoid on each side the dangerous delays, misunderstandings, and misreadings of the other’s actions which might occur at a time of crisis.

We have also been talking in Geneva about other first-step measures of arms control, designed to limit the intensity of the arms race and to reduce the risks of accidental war. Our primary long-range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament – – designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. The pursuit of disarmament has been an effort of this Government since the 1920’s. It has been urgently sought by the past three Administrations. And however dim the prospects may be today, we intend to continue this effort – – to continue it in order that all countries, including our own, can better grasp what the problems and possibilities of disarmament are.

The one major area of these negotiations where the end is in sight- – yet where a fresh start is badly needed – – is in a treaty to outlaw nuclear tests. The conclusion of such a treaty – – so near and yet so far – – would check the spiraling arms race in one of its most dangerous areas. IT would place the nuclear powers in a position to deal more effectively with one of the greatest hazards which man faces in 1963, the further spread of nuclear arms. It would increase our security – – it would decrease the prospects of war. Surely this goal is sufficiently important to require our steady pursuit, yielding neither to the temptation to give up the whole effort nor the temptation to give up our insistence on vital and responsible safeguards.

I am taking this opportunity, therefore, to announce two important decisions in this regard.

First: Chairman Khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history – – but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind.

Second: To make clear our good faith and solemn convictions on the matter, I now declare that the United States does not propose to conduct nuclear tests in the atmosphere so long as other states do not do so. We will not be the first to resume. Such a declaration is no substitute for a formal binding treaty – – but I hope it will help us achieve one. Nor would such a treaty be a substitute for disarmament – – but I hope it will help us achieve it.

Finally, my fellow Americans, let us examine our attitude toward peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our won society must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show it in the dedication of our own lives – – as many of you who are graduation today will have a unique opportunity to do, by serving without pay in the Peace Corps abroad or in the proposed National Service Corps here at home.

But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our duties today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete.

It is the responsibility of the Executive Branch at all levels of government – – local, state and national – – to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within their authority. It is the responsibility of the Legislative Branch at all levels, wherever that authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of all others and to respect the law of the land.

All this is not unrelated to world peace. “When a man’s ways please the Lord,” the Scriptures tell us, “he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter human rights – – the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation – – the right to breathe air as nature provided it – – the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can – – if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers – – offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.

The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough – – more than enough – – of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on – – not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.

~ John F. Kennedy

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I can manifest the life I desire… Do I really believe that?

 

“How deeply do I believe that my thoughts shape my life? Can I manifest the life I desire?”

This is what my friend , Leslie Lott McAlpin , has to say: “I am certain I create my life from a level that is even deeper than my thoughts, more than my thoughts. It is what I vibrate from the cellular level. It is what my being sends out to the universe. Even if I think “I am healthy”, but vibrate with a fear of cancer, the fear of cancer overrides the thought. It is more than my thoughts. It is my BEing. Everything is energy. Energy vibrates. What I vibrate is what I AM physically and creates my physical world. Vibrations become physical things if they vibrate the same way long enough.”

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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The joyful peace that comes from accepting the impermanence of all

The joy that comes from peacefully accepting the impermanence of all.

The joy of accepting and resting in this present moment as it is, with all it brings, without wanting it to be different, without rushing to judge it as good or bad, and without anxiously rushing to the next moment.

The joy of being in this ephemeral moment and realizing the impermanence of everything.

The joy of realizing that this moment is vanishing and will vanish as all other moments that came before this one, and that all future moments that we idealize, that we expect to be better than this one, will also vanish when they come to be.

The joy of realizing that this is it, that this moment is real, and is all that exists.

The joy of being totally absorbed and losing the sense of time while playing an instrument, or creating outstanding music that will never be repeated or recorded, and that no one else will ever hear, and being at complete peace with that.

The joy of cooking and creating a beautiful meal that will soon be consumed and disappear, and be fully content with that.

The joy of waking up very early and drinking a hot beverage while all around is silent and dark, and not feeling the urge to accomplish anything.

The joy of discovering that we actually don’t need to do all the things we told ourselves that we need to do.

The joy that comes from freeing ourselves from all self-imposed and unnecessary obligations.

The joy of not having to do anything.

The joy of realizing that there is no need to rush to get anywhere.

The joy of giving ourselves the gifts of rest and gentleness.

The joy of mindfully being in this life while we are here.

The joy of enhancing the quality of life by being mindful, amazed, and grateful, by not having to do more, have more, or be more, but by being totally happy, content, and satisfied with this moment and with what it brings, whatever it may be.

The joy of realizing the self-imposed violence of getting it right and being perfect, and freeing ourselves of it.

The joy that we experience from liberating ourselves of the subtle violence of self-improvement.

The joy of giving ourselves permission to rest and enjoy life instead of feeling guilty for not working hard enough, or as hard as we think we should.

The joy of non-striving.

The joy of being curious, of discovering, and of learning to live a rich life in the process.

The joy of letting go of desired outcomes.

The joy of being open and accepting whatever may come.

The joy of realizing and accepting that we are not this important.

The joy of realizing and accepting that no matter what we do, in the great scheme of things, they don’t really matter.

At peace with the fact that although we may want to touch many lives, we will only touch a few, or maybe one, or none at all, except our own, and realizing that whatever it may be, it is enough.

The joy of peacefully accepting the impermanence of all.


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

He lives in you

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a good man. Today is Pedro’s birthday.

My sons are among the best men I know. When I think about them, the quote from Mario Sergio Cortella comes to mind: “The world we will leave for our children depends on the children that we will leave for our world.” I believe that raising good-hearted human beings is the most important assignment for all of us, parents.  If we want to leave a better world for our children, let us make sure that we leave better children for the world.

I often reflect on how Pedro and Mateus came to be the good men they are, and I am convinced that although my wife and I may have made choices during their upbringing that may have helped them, who they came to be is not due to our doing; it’s all a huge mystery, with so many uncontrollable factors at play that no one can say, “Do this, and the result will be good children.” So, removing myself from receiving any accolades, I remain in awe with the kind of men they are, and I do experience a sense of  having accomplished the mission that was assigned to me. I feel very fortunate, blessed, and at peace, and this surely is a great feeling.

Back in 1994, when Pedro was five years old, we watched The Lion King together for the first time. In 2011, when I visited him in Los Angeles, we watched it again, this time in the famous El Capitan Theatre. The following segment of the movie is an important part of the memories we share. In it, Rafiki points out to Simba that the spirit and values of Mufasa, Simba’s late father, continue to live in him, and that Simba must remember who he really is, and have the courage to accept the calling, and fulfill his potential and destiny.

I like to believe that there is a sacred connection between parents and their children, and that this connection lives forever. I feel it strongly.  I feel I will always be available to support and comfort my sons, even after I die. And I also feel that they will always be with me. I told them, “I will always be here for you. Always. All you have to do is to look up. I am in the sky, in the stars. Actually, I am everywhere. I live in you and you live in me. The love that unites us lives forever.”

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Over the years, Pedro has been a source of inspiration for many of my writings. Here are some of them:

Try a Little Tenderness

Dear Son

Advice for a New Leader

My Son, My Guide, My Greatest Teacher

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Mateus once said that he sees me as a mix of Mufasa and Rafiki, so I am considering adopting a  new nickname: Mufiki? Rafasa? 🙂 What do you think?

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

From Mindfulness to Happiness

This is no Desiderata and I am no Max Ehrmann. If you want something more poetic, there’s where you should go. But what I am presenting here are what I believe to be the elements of the happiness formula, the steps on the path to happiness, the way to get there… or here, if you understand me.

Here it is:

Be mindful. Be amazed. Be grateful. Be content. Be optimistic.  Be compassionate. Be generous.  Be happy.

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Be mindful. Be mindful of all the beauty that surrounds you. Be mindful of the infinite possibilities that are always available for you. Be present in this moment, right here, right now, not lost in thoughts, ruminating the past and anticipating the future with unnecessary worries. Since in the final analysis a good life is a collection of good moments, extract all the good you can of each and every present moment. Be awake, alert, and aware, in order to be fully and joyfully alive. Don’t allow the past unhappiness, and the pursuit of an imagined future happiness, to be the sources of your present unhappiness. Again, don’t ruminate and don’t anticipate. Be here, now.

Be amazed. Be amazed with all the magic, mystery, and miracles that surround you. Cultivate a patient, childlike curiosity. Cultivate the eyes of a tourist, the mind of a beginner, the boldness of an explorer, the inquisitiveness of a scientist, the attentiveness of an investigator. See beyond what you see. Look with the eyes of the body and see with the eyes of the heart. Feel the breeze, and watch the leaves and branches dancing with the wind. See the reflections on the pond, and the shining sparks on the surface of the water. See things as you’ve never seen them before. Be aware of the eternal and the transient. Notice the permanence and impermanence of all. Nothing lasts forever. Know that in the physical form neither you nor anyone else will last forever. Know that what is bad will not last forever, nor what is good. Everything changes. Everything passes. So do not get too attached to anything or anyone, not even your loved ones, your body, your ideas about yourself, or even the idea that a thing called “self’ exists. Learn to release and let go of everything.

Be grateful. Be grateful for all the gifts that were freely given to you. Be grateful for the life you have, for the adventure you are living.

Be content. Be content and satisfied with your share, with all that was given to you. Don’t compare yourself with others. There will always be people who are, who do, and who have more than you, as well as people who will be, do, and have less than you. Stop comparing. You are not less than anyone else; nor more. You are you. Be yourself. Be who you are. Be authentic and genuine. Be humble. Try not to judge and condemn.

Be optimistic. Be optimistic, hopeful, and positive. Trust that everything in the Universe is unfolding as it should, and better things and situations are always coming your way. Remember to look at the biggest possible picture always, and see that what seems very significant, actually is not. Look at your own experience and see that many of the things you thought were good and wanted, turned out to be bad, and many of the things you didn’t want turned our to be good. Cultivate a great sense of humor.

Be compassionate. Develop empathy, and try to see and feel as others see and feel. Decide to do something to make someone else’s life better. Be kind, patient, forgiving, gentle, and loving. Be fair, just, and honest.

Be generous. Give. Give. Give. Give love. Give of yourself — your time and undivided attention — to others. Give them your shoulder to cry. Be of service to others. Be kind. Listen. Be a peacemaker, a bringer of peace, a promoter of peace.  Be at peace with others and with yourself. Be gentle with others and with yourself. Do not demand too much nor be too harsh with yourself. Relax and enjoy.

and, by doing all this, day in and day out, you will…

Be happy!

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

 

 

From Silence to Happiness

Remember! Remember! Remember!
It is not difficult to be mindful.
What is difficult is to remember to be mindful.

A path from Silence to Happiness

Here’s an invitation… Pause for a moment, come to the here-now, and try to reflect on the following components to see how they work together to produce a state of happiness.

Befriending the silence. Cultivating stillness. Enjoying solitude. Staying mindfully in the here-now, awake, aware, alert, and alive. Paying attention. Coming back to this moment, over and over again,and realizing it always is a new moment, and the only moment. Cultivating a childlike curiosity, a beginner’s mind. Refraining from comparing, categorizing, criticizing, judging, and condemning. Observing. Exploring. Noticing. Investigating. Looking with tourist’s eyes, and seeing more, seeing beyond what you see, seeing with the eyes of the heart. Discovering magic, mystery, and miracles everywhere, and finding the sacred in the secular. Appreciating, enjoying, and admiring the gifts that were freely given to you, and experiencing a state of awe, amazement, wonderment, ecstasy, and reverence. Experiencing joy, delight, elation, bliss, euphoria, and exultation. Recognizing the blessings, and acknowledging the abundance. Developing a sense of gratefulness, and hosting a feeling of contentment and satisfaction. Discovering your purpose and following your bliss. Accepting the call of Life, and courageously launching yourself into the adventure.  Putting yourself in motion. Letting go and letting be. Cultivating inexhaustible hope and optimism. Remaining open to outcomes, no matter how unexpected they may be. Trusting that everything is unfolding as it should. Remembering that nothing lasts forever; everything changes all the time. Finding perfection in the present situation. Refraining from striving. Being gentle with yourself, and knowing when to demand less from yourself. Living with ease by practicing simplicity, humility, authenticity, honor, and honesty. Developing tenderness, solidarity, and love. Taking action to serve and give. Being generous, patient, gentle, and kind with others. Developing strong, meaningful, deep, high quality relationships. Giving people your full, undivided attention. Laughing and bringing laughter to others. Deciding to be happy, and, finally, experiencing happiness!

The 9 Ls

Look, Listen, Learn, Lead, Laugh, Love, Live, Leave, and Let go.

Look deeply. Listen attentively. Learn unceasingly. Lead compassionately. Laugh unboundedly. Love profusely. Live fully. Leave an honorable legacy, and Let go of everything.

~ Piero Falci

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“To revere all of life, to live with natural sincerity, to practice gentleness, and to be in service to others is to replicate the energy field from which you originated.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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Photo credit: Photo taken by Florencia Clement de Grandprey

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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Loving Much, Living Gently, and Letting Go

We have many teachers in our lives, don’t we? In a way, we are all teachers for one another, teaching and learning all the time, right?

Some time ago, I had a special day when I received important messages from three of my teachers.

Here’s the invitation I received from one of them, Florencia Clement De Grandprey:

“So, this entire week I’m practicing “letting go”…letting go of many things: letting go of feelings that don’t serve me, of people who want my time and attention but aren’t willing to give me theirs, of judgement because it’s not my job, of impatience because everything happens when it is supposed to, of the past because I’m here now, of worry because despite what I’d like to think, I don’t have control on pretty much anything…and a biggie for me, letting go of outcomes. I’m really trying not to be attached to the outcome. I have to trust that the outcome will be perfect however it may look…I must focus on the now and not on what might be in the future, mainly, because I must be willing to accept failure and not only success. Maybe if I’m not attached to the outcome, I can just enjoy the process…kind of like baking a cake and having a blast while making it even if it might come out looking completely different from the pretty picture in the recipe book. So, will you join me in my practice this week? What will you be letting go of?”

Before I could reply, I was blessed by the words of another teacher of mine, Millie Pochet. She wrote:

“My beautiful friend Florencia Clement De Grandprey reminds me, in her wisdom, that the full moon is a great time for letting go. I will practice letting go of judgement, for it is not mine to make, letting go of control, for it only ruins the fun and enjoyment of the present, letting go of attachments, for they only lead to suffering, particularly letting go of attachment to outcomes and attachment to my story, for the process is perfect and bliss is in releasing into the dance of life and flowing with whatever presents… Allowing you to be reinventing with every breath. Letting go of situations that no longer serve my joy. What would you let go of?”

What I found interesting is what Elizabeth Velez, another dear teacher, asked me that same morning. (I had a surgery, and, at that time, I couldn’t walk.)

“What is the lesson that the Universe is trying to teach you through your recent foot surgery? What is this condition of not being able to walk freely trying to teach you?”

Pondering.

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” ~ Buddha (I am not sure the Buddha ever said this; I would have to check. Anyway, it is a good piece of wisdom, and, for sure, he is known for teaching the importance of letting go, so, for now, I’ll just let go.)


 

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Let Go of Your Ego’s Need to Be Right

Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?

Why do we engage in arguments, and get so upset? Why do we let these emotions get a hold of us? Can’t we see the ugly egos at play? Can’t we feel our egos craving to be right?

I’ve heard that sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.

Do you want to be right, or do you want to promote understanding and peace?

Let go of the need to be right, because, in the final analysis, winning or losing does not matter; it’s no big deal.

Don’t engage in the fight. Ignore the attack. And if you can’t resist, then write down a message with all you want to say — vent it all out — but don’t send it; keep it for yourself.

If you feel the need to engage, make sure you are strong enough to do so with patience, kindness, and nonviolence.

Listen. Listen more and speak less. Be compassionate. Try to empathize and understand. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

What you see is not what they see. What they see is not what you see. What we call reality is modified by one’s beliefs. We look at the same and see different. We have to be sensitive to this fact.

Do not hold so steadfastly to your views, opinions, and beliefs. Remain open.

Do not oppose force with force. Do not oppose negative feelings with negative feelings. Do not respond to negative words with negative words. Do not react to insults with insults.

Do not hold on to grudges. Your hatred will only consume you, no one else. Let it go. Offer no opposition to those who upset you, and the negativity will dissipate.

Be kind. Your softness will soften your opponent too. No need to defend. No need to attack. Just make sure that even if you cannot agree, you can deeply feel that the love that unites is bigger than any views that may divide.

Peace and love will strengthen all relationships.

Peace and Love.

To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a special heart that listens.

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

 

To Love Myself

As part of the Eat for Life course — a program aimed at enhancing health and quality of life through mindfulness and mindful eating — I recently participated in an exercise that brought about one of the most revealing insights I have ever had.

I was invited to think about negative things I say to myself about my body. Working with a partner, I was instructed to write down a negative statement that I constantly repeat to myself in my internal dialogues (my ‘old tapes,’ as the course calls them), such as, “I am out of shape, my body is flabby, and my belly is pathetic. I must exercise daily and make better choices regarding what I eat and drink.”  Then, I was instructed to read the statement out loud. Finally, it was my partner’s turn to repeat to me what I had just said. When I heard her say, “You are out of shape, your body is flabby, and your belly is pathetic, and you must exercise daily and make better choices regarding what you eat and drink,” I felt a rush of indignation and rage invade my body. Although absolutely conscious that I was participating in an exercise, I still felt, “How can she say such harsh things about me? Who does she think she is to talk to me like that? How dare she? This is so unkind!”

And then the realization hit me… This is what I do all the time. This is the way I talk to myself all the time. This is the abusive way I treat myself all the time. I am my own worst critic. I say the most hurtful things to myself, things that I would never even consider saying to anyone else. I criticize myself harshly all the time. I use the most demanding tone. And I do all this without any compassion, kindness, or consideration for my feelings.

Wow! What a revelation that was!

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In my philosophical/spiritual ponderings I say to myself that I came here to Earth — and was given this life — to learn some lessons, the most important being to grow in selflessness. I wholeheartedly believe that I came here to learn to be less selfish and more unselfish. But after the awakening that took place with this exercise, I am now considering that an equally important lesson that I need to learn is to be kind and gentle with myself, and to love myself just as I am.

I am now beginning to understand, in a much more profound way, something that I thought I already knew: that if I am unable to love myself fully and totally, I will never be able to love anyone else. I am beginning to realize that if I don’t accept myself as I am, I will live my life criticizing not only myself, but everything and everyone else, wanting the world to be different than it is, and that, definitely, is a pitiful way to waste a lifetime.

Wow!

I am always in awe with the the fact that learning has no end.

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For more information about the Eat for Life program, please visit the following page. Here’s the link:

Eat For Life Program – A mindful approach to improving our relationships with food, and with our bodies!

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Muddy Shoes

By my friend Michelle Miller, Petaluma, 2/9/2017

Walking through the drizzle and mist

I come to a puddle in my path

It seems deep and I’m hesitant to wet my shoes

I might have plans for those later

I skirt the edges of the water as best I can

And am pleased when I emerge on the other side almost untouched

Enjoying the walk now, my pace quickens

And I look around

I feel my body moving through space

I really listen to the birds in the marsh

And I am awake

But there are more puddles up ahead

Deeper

I decide I will not let a little water stop me

And plunge ahead – first ankle deep

Then, taking a brave breath,

Jumping in with both feet,

Splashing, laughing

Striding ahead into my life

My journey continues with muddied shoes

But I am unsoiled

~ Michelle Miller


 

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Contemplation on No-Coming, No-Going

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous True Mind.

Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


 

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Two Teardrops

I once knew a little girl
Who opened her heart to me
She shed two teardrops
One of sorrow and one of glee

Teardrops, two
One for the loved one who was suffering
And one for her, ’cause his suffering made her suffer too

Teardrops, two
One for imagining that she wasn’t loved
And one when realizing that she was loved too

I once knew a little girl
Who generously opened her heart to me
She shed two teardrops
One of sorrow and one of glee
Two teardrops that touched me
And turned into three

~ Piero Falci
Petaluma, California
February 9, 2017


 

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Forty-Nine Years Without Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forty-nine years ago, the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was silenced by an act of violence. I keep thinking how much he influenced me. He has been a guiding light in my life. For sure I admire his courage, his determination, his capacity to endure suffering without retaliating. I certainly admire him for always acting with the utmost civility, for exemplifying active nonviolent resistance, and for being able to bring the exchange of ideas about human rights to the highest intellectual level. But the characteristic I admire the most in Dr. King was his ability to see. As someone who is able to foresee the beautiful butterflies that eventually will come out of the ugliest caterpillars, he was able to see fragile and gentle human beings even inside the nastiest bullies. He was able to see the best of humanity inside everyone. He was able to see himself in others. He was able to see the Promised Land.

On April 3, 1968, one day before his death, Dr. King gave his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Referring to the death threats he was receiving, he said, “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land! And so I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man! My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”

How I wish we all could see as he saw. How I wish we all remembered him and the sacrifices he made. How I wish we all imitated him, trying our best to be the best we can be.

Here’s to you, Martin, my brother, hero of humanity, architect of peace, the greatest American who ever lived!

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Departing

It’s started

the time to leave once again approaches

and before the body has put on shoes

or opened the closed door

thoughts have already crossed the threshold

racing to their next destination

taking with them precious fragments

of experience here and now

Come back!

Come back!

and together we can savor the gifts

of each pulsating moment

~ Kurt Roggendorf, my friend

Athlone, Ireland, April 2, 2017

 

The Hero’s Journey: Separation, Initiation, Return

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi

The Hero’s Journey can be divided in three major parts: Separation, Initiation, and Return.

So, here is our future hero, living the “normal life,” living all his many predetermined roles, doing pretty much what everyone else does, doing what is expected of him, wanting the same things everyone else wants, working hard, consuming a lot, trying to fit in, be admired and loved, and hardly ever questioning anything. In his heart, every now and then, he may feel that he is not living the life he was called to live, but the pressures of the culture around him keep him doing the same things over and over again. He remains mostly unaware of his potential, of possibilities, of his options in life, living as if he is hypnotized, constantly distracted, and somewhat numb. Although internally he may feel that he is not doing what he came here to do — or being who he came here to be — he refuses to accept the Universe’s Call to Adventure. He does not feel he is ready or capable of facing the challenges.

And, then, suddenly, something happens; a loss of wealth, health, or relationships. He loses his job, his money, his house, or a loved one. He faces a break-up or a divorce. He gets sick and loses vitality.  These are prime moments when the hero wakes up. He can’t stay any longer. He has to go! And so, maybe reluctantly, he answers the Call to Adventure, and does what the Universe is summoning him to do. This is what Joseph Campbell called The Separation.

Then a new phase begins. Joseph Campbell called it, The Initiation. That is the adventure itself. It is time now for the hero to let go of lives that have played themselves out and do not serve him anymore.  He needs to let go of his past, his attachments, his identities, his personae, and the stories he tells about himself. It is time for him to put himself in motion to answer the calling. It is time to question all beliefs, letting go of some, keeping others, and adding new ones. It is a time of self-discovery. It is a time for honestly answering the four fundamental questions: “Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with others?” It is a moment for removing the masks and living with authenticity. It is a time to become aware of the big illusion we are immersed in. It is a time to face the challenges, despite all self-doubts and insecurities. It is time for the hero to follow his bliss, knowing that if he does so, the Universe will open doors for him where there were only walls. And it is also during this phase that teachers and helpers show up.

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“I seek courage to live — this day. Courage to strike out on a path I have never trod before, courage to make new friends, courage to yield myself to the full power of the dream.”

~ Howard Thurman

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And after the hero lives his adventure, he returns, forever changed. Joseph Campbell called this phase, The Return.  He is now much more peaceful, selfless, compassionate, tolerant, content, and grateful. He becomes a blessing to all who come in contact with him.

 


 

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It’s What I Do

I went to my week-long silent retreat thinking what I would like to get from it. I framed it as a time of spiritual detox and rehab. I knew it was going to be demanding, so I renewed my commitment to apply myself wholeheartedly in order to get the most out of it. And then it came to me that, in the final analysis, it didn’t matter so much what I thought I would do, or what I intended to do, or what I said I was going to do; what really mattered is what I actually did!

Actions really speak louder than words.

What was true for my retreat is also true for life. Good intentions that are not translated into action have no impact in enhancing the quality of life, one’s own and the lives of all other sentient beings. So, let us remember that every moment of awareness and clarity, of re-commitment to noble goals, and of right action is important.

May we have the strength to live mindfully. May we choose to be happy and bring happiness to others. May happiness be the chief-counselor for our decisions.

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Since gratefulness is the key that opens the gates to the kingdom of happiness, it is always appropriate to express gratitude. I realize how fortunate and blessed I am. How many people in the world have a chance to attend a silent retreat? How many people in the world have a chance to take a long period of time off, go to a beautiful, secluded, and protected place where they are taken good care of, in order to work on their personal development? I am fortunate and blessed, and I am grateful.


 

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The Importance of Praise – 3

Be who you needed when you were younger. Be the parent you needed when you were a child. Be the teacher you needed when you were a student. Be the employer you dreamed of having when you were an employee.

Treat others as they like to be treated, so they will treat you as you like to be treated. Treat them with love, patience and generosity, and then receive back all that you have given.

Don’t think that by limiting the love you give, by being tough,  by teaching your children to be tough, you are preparing them for the world; the only thing you are doing is perpetuating a world of despicable human beings. If you are constantly criticizing your children, putting them down, squashing their self-esteem, not giving them abundant and unconditional love, you are creating parents, bosses, teachers and coaches who will be perpetuating the world you don’t want to live in, the world you don’t want your children to live in. Do you want a better world? Then be a better parent. Give love.

If you want to leave a better world for your children, then leave better children for the world.

Shower your children with love. Flood them with love. Treat your children as they should be treated, with love and respect, so when they grow up and have their own children, they will do the same. Treat your children as they should be treated, with love and respect, so when they grow up and you need them, they will return the treatment, and treat you with love and respect too. We receive what we give. It’s as simple as that. So, be who you needed when you were younger.

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The Importance of Praise – 2

I enjoyed watching the YouTube video “Simon Sinek on Millenials in the Workplace,” and I agree with the majority of what Simon Sinek says, especially the dangers associated with the instant gratification that technology brings, the addictive effects of social media, and the need to work diligently, give it time, and cultivate patience in order to make an impact and achieve dreams. But I have reservations about the way he talks about the negative effects of a gentler kind of parenting. I think that the criticism of soft parenting — and the alleged sense of entitlement is creates — is an idea that, by being repeated over and over again, is gaining ground, and that although it sounds right, in my opinion, is a superficial and rushed diagnostic that diminishes the importance of gentleness and praise, especially the gentleness and praise that must come from parents.

We live in a extremely competitive world where people are put down all the time, and I think that all parents should find effective ways of enhancing their children’s self-esteem, while taming excessive competitiveness and fostering cooperation. We are a culture obsessed with winning — at all costs if necessary. In this video, Simon Sinek points out that the corporate environment is extremely competitive and that the leadership is bad. Well, parenting that over-emphasizes competition, comparison, and criticism has a lot to do with bad leadership. When kids who experience this kind of parenting grow up they become the bosses and parents we don’t want, the ones who squash self-esteem, and provide very little positive reinforcement and support. They perpetuate the existence of the violent world we abhor. Therefore, if we want less competition and more cooperation, if we want healthier working environments, then generous parenting is extremely important, otherwise we will be parenting for the perpetuation of same undesired world, and creating more of the leaders we don’t want.

Many people, when they reach positions of power, instead of changing the errors of the past, simply repeat them: “I suffered and now it’s your turn; I will make you suffer. I was miserable, now it’s my turn of making lives miserable. I was oppressed and exploited, and now it’s my turn to oppress and exploit others, and benefit from it.” They don’t realize that they are now in positions where they can bring about positive changes. It would be wonderful if they realized that “This is the way it was, the way it was, but it’s not the way it should or has to be. Things can be changed, and I will bring about change for the better. I suffered, but I don’t need to continue the same pattern and inflict suffering on others. These injustices stop here, and I will do my part in bringing about positive change.” It should not be because someone was treated badly — or because this is the common way people are treated — that he or she, when reaching positions of power, should continue perpetuating the same erroneous trend of treating other people badly.

The reality is that parents, as a rule, criticize much more than they praise. The majority of parents are ready to point out their children’s weaknesses and failures, and by doing so, they instill in them a sentiment that they are not good enough. How many times have you heard parents criticizing their children and putting them down? Spoken and unspoken messages such as “You are a loser. You are good for nothing.” are not uncommon. It seems that only when their children are doing something bad, parents take notice and have something to say. When they do good things, parents usually say nothing. It is as if children are just doing what is expected of them. Good deeds go by unnoticed. Well, it shouldn’t be this way.

My advice? Love your children wastefully, and say “I love you” a lot. Catch them doing good, and say something. Praises such as, “Good job! You are smart! You are unique!” go a long way in building confidence and self-esteem.

Be the best and most supporting boss you can be, and treat the people you lead as you would like to be treated if you were in their positions.

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“Do you want to know what makes us different? It’s that my parents always hugged me a lot.” ~ Patrick Bensadoun

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There is always virtue in the middle. Criticism and punishment only will not do it. Praise and rewarding only will not do it either. Too much undeserved criticism and too little deserved praise is bad. On the other hand, too much undeserved praise and too little deserved criticism is also bad. Choose the middle way.  Gentle criticism when warranted, and honest praise when deserved, is the way to go. Wise use of both is what is needed: calm criticism that does not put the child down, and sincere praise that does not inflate the child’s ego, gives her an unrealistic perception of who she is, and instills in her a sense of entitlement. But, if we have to choose, let us be generous in our approval and applause, and parsimonious in our censure and condemnation. Let us err in favor of praise!


 

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The Most Precious Gift: A Loving and Peaceful Presence

 

“The most precious gift we can offer others in our presence. The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

To live lives that uphold the well-being of others is  one of the noblest things we can do, and to do it properly we must constantly work on our own selves. Let us cultivate peace and love in our inner garden, the garden of our hearts. Let us, intentionally, be presences of love and bringers of peace to all the people we meet and all the places we go. Let us radiate peace, and shower all people with love, knowing, as Meher Baba said, that “love cannot be forced upon anybody, yet it can be awakened in one through love itself.” Let us be fully present and give all people our undivided attention and compassion. Then we will be the healers that the world needs. Then we will be real blessings to others, and people will naturally gravitate toward us, to grow in love, and to become spreaders of love themselves.

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Love spreads spontaneously. Love brings about love. In any environment, the mere presence of a loving person expands the number of individuals who respond with love.

“Love and coercion can never go together. Love has to spring spontaneously from within. It is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force and it cannot be forced upon anybody, yet it can be awakened in one through love itself.”

~ Meher Baba

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

We Are the Waters of the Great Sea

We are the waters of the Great Sea
Waves brought us here, to these shores
But here we cannot stay, except for a short while
We must return to where we came from
We are the waters of the Great Sea

~ Piero Falci


 

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

We are what we think. We create our lives and our world based on what we choose to think and believe. What we imagine in our minds is what we get in our lives.

When we start to observe and be more aware of our thoughts, we begin to understand what thoughts are. We begin to understand the thought process, how thoughts appear from nowhere, vanish, and reappear, and how one thought generates many other thoughts. Then we begin to realize that we have the power to be selective, and choose what thoughts we give your attention to. Once we realize that we can decide to give attention to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that are beneficial to us, and disregard those that are not, our lives become immensely better.

The lives we imagine for ourselves are the lives we live. Our lives are self-fulfilling prophecies.

What possibilities do you see for yourself? What do you expect from your life? How do you see yourself in the future?

Remember that life is full of possibilities. You can be your own greatest motivator or your own greatest inhibitor; it is up to you. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.

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THINKING

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

~ Walter D. Wintle

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Spaceship Earth – Part 5

I often instruct my students to take the “helicopter view.” I tell them to imagine looking at themselves, and at their situations, from above. Usually they tell me that when they see the bigger picture they realize that they are not the only ones, and that their situations are not as unique, dramatic and hopeless as they initially thought, and this brings them relief.

Well, Carl Sagan invited us to take not only the helicopter view, but the “spacecraft view.”

Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers. Today, twenty-eight years after that picture was taken, when some among us are thinking about borders and exclusion, and considering erecting walls of division, it may be a good time to take a look at all these concepts and desires from above.

Click on the link below and watch Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” video, and take some time to reflect on what he had to say: “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.” Yes, think about all those individuals who in their frantic pursuit of power create a lot of pain and suffering for others, and never come to realize that they are just “momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

Much love to you all. ~ Piero

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” ~ Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40.5 AU), as part of the Family Portrait series of images of the Solar System. In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space, among bands of sunlight scattered by the camera’s optics. Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan. (Wikipedia entry)


 

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To Find the One I Lost

Why did you come here?

I came here to see vapors rising from the lake in these cold mornings. I came here to experience a long, silent, eye-to-eye connection with the young deer before the sun came up.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to remind myself of the life I want to live: a mindful life in which I am awake, alert, aware, and joyfully alive. I came here to harness the courage to change and live this new, simpler life, free from all my fears, my addictions, my cravings, and my aversions.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to immerse myself in the silence, absorb the peace of this place,  and feel happy, content, and satisfied. 

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Tell me: why did you come here, really?

I came here to find the one I lost.

That’s why.

That’s what I came here for.

~ Piero Falci

Omega Institute, June 2016

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Usually, at the beginning of our retreats, we are asked questions such as, “Why did you come here? What has brought you here? Why are you here? What is your intention? What do you want to get from this experience?” After the first round of more obvious answers, we are asked again, and again, and again. “What do you really, really, really want?” and as we dig deeper, truer answers emerge.


 

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My Intentions are Pure

At the beginning of his years of teaching, Siddhartha Gautama faced a lot of criticism from those who would not agree with what he had to say. Seeing what he was going through, his disciples approached him and asked, “How can you be so calm and peaceful when people find fault in your words and ridicule you?” The Buddha answered with a question: “When someone offers you a gift and you don’t accept it, to whom does the gift belong to?”

We have to decide: Shall we accept the gift, or not? The decision is ours. And the right decision will liberate us.

Know that you will never get everyone’s approval, and that there will always be people who do not agree with you. Seeking external approval is a sure way to unhappiness. What other people think of you should never be as important as what you think of yourself, so make sure to value more how you see yourself than the opinions others have of you.

You can’t expect that everybody will understand and agree with you. You can’t expect that everybody will be gentle and kind with you. You can’t expect that everybody will love you. That’s unrealistic.

You can’t control how others will interpret what you say and do. All you can control is the purity of your intentions. Negative reactions to your words and actions should not matter if you are at peace, and able to honestly and calmly say to yourself, “My intentions are pure.”

It is not realistic to believe that you have never wounded some people during your lifetime. We all did. We all had those selfish and mindless moments that some of us, later, came to regret. No one is totally perfect and completely innocent. Accept that you have hurt others, and that some people do not like you.

Go to the center of your being, to that place of silence and stillness, and investigate what has moved and moves you. Now, forgive yourself, once and for all. Leave that weight of guilt and recrimination by the roadside and don’t get back to it ever again.

May you be able to say to yourself, “I know who I am. I know the ground where I stand. I know that my intentions are pure. I am at peace. I am firm in my intent to be good, do good, and help other people as much as I can, for as long as I can. I am firm in my intent of not inflicting anyone any harm.” 

May you be able to have compassion for, and send waves of love to all of those who criticize, attack, and dislike you. May you be able to forgive all, including yourself, for all unwholesome words and actions, and move on. May you be able to constantly express great gratitude for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you.

And if you are a teacher, decide to be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage. Be present, sensitive, and flexible. Get your ego out of the way, and don’t try to control everything.  Yes, plan your classes, but remain open to change. Be attentive to what is called for in the moment, being at peace if it happens that you have to throw away all your well-crafted plans and do something completely different. Trust the intelligence that arises from the group in each moment. Remain open, be a conduit, and allow the intelligence of the Universe to flow through you.

“At the end of the day, I’m at peace because my intentions are good and my heart is pure.”

Peace be with you.

Much love to you all.

~ Piero


 

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The Generosity of Sharing One’s Pain

The Generosity of Sharing One’s Pain

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for taking me to that place I have prohibited myself from visiting
That place where my sadness resides

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for allowing me to shed tears with you
Not only for your suffering, but also for mine

Thank you for letting your pain out
And for revealing a escape route for my own
And for sharing your story, ‘cause it’s my story too
And for reminding me that, in the end
We are all the same on this never-ending journey of change

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for reminding me that although this being human is not easy
I can find great consolation in knowing that I am not alone
That, in the most silent of all silences, we hold each other in love
And that is enough
That is enough

~ Piero Falci

Petaluma, California

February 7, 2017

Dedicated to all those gardeners who plant seeds of mindfulness


 

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Mindful Eating

Take a few breaths and center yourself before you begin eating. This will help you slow down and give eating your full attention. Be curious.  Use your senses and re-discover the colors, the textures, the aromas. Appreciate. Smell. Feel the temperature of the food. Now, taste it. Move slowly, bite by bite. Put your fork down between bites and be conscious of all the different sensations you are experiencing. Treat this food as if you were savoring it for the first time in your life. Eat this food as if you’ve never eaten it before, because, actually, you’ve never eaten this one before.

Be mindful of mental images, memories, and fantasies while you eat. Since mind-wandering is inevitable, you may want to imagine the seed, the soil, the sun, the rain, the people involved in producing and distributing, and the journey this food has made to arrive at your table. But come back, as much as possible, to the here-now, paying attention to this moment and mindfully eating this food in front of you, this food in your mouth.

Detect any expectation. Slowing down is extra important in this process. Stay with this bite, without anticipating the next one. Chew it thoroughly. Staying with this bite is staying in the present moment. Staying with this bite is practicing mindfulness, and mindful living. If we keep thinking about what we will be eating next while we still have food in our mouths, we are not in the present moment; we are not fully connected with the food that we are eating. Also, since it takes time for the brain to register that we have already eaten enough, if we eat too fast, we either eat too much, or we finish the meal and still feel hungry. Eating fast is conducive to over-eating. So, let’s slow down, and savor this one bite because slow eating is the best for our health.

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I recently learned Lynn Rossy’s acronym BASICS, a great reminder of mindful eating.

B – Breathe and Belly check

A – Assess your food

S – Slow down

I – Investigate your hunger throughout your meal

C – Chew your food

S – Savor your food

For more on Mindful Eating, check the Eat for Life program.

I found the initial part of these instructions for Mindful Eating in little informational cubes placed on the dining hall tables of the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY.


 

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Tears in Rain

 

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.”

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” 

These are the final words of Roy Batty, the rebel replicant in the movie “Blade Runner,” directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philip K. Dick’s story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.

This scene makes me reflect on fear, love of life, and impermanence.

LIVING IN FEAR

During a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of uncertainty and fear, the words spoken in this scene of the movie “Blade Runner” made me reflect a lot about the disturbing effects of fear. The movie depicts a society in the future where robots are sent to other planets to do the hard work. These automatons are the slaves of the future, and the best ones are known as replicants, excellent replicas of human beings. Similar to humans, they function just for a limited amount of time, until they reach that point when their systems shut down and their existences come to an end. A group of replicants come to love their lives so much that they want to prevent this from happening; they don’t want to die. So they initiate a violent rebellion, and come to Earth with the intent of meeting their creator, the scientist who invented and manufactures the androids. Their hope is that, after hearing their plea, he will extend their lives. Special police operatives, known as Blade Runners, are assigned to hunt down and exterminate the defiant replicants. A retired police officer from the Blade Runner squadron reluctantly accepts the assignment to eliminate the rebel androids, and that’s what he does, one by one. The end of the movie brings us to witness the confrontation between this detective and the last rebel left, the strongest of them all, the leader of the group. The final clash takes place on the rooftop of an abandoned building. The android clearly has the upper hand, and the detective is about to lose the fight, and his life. On the verge of dying, when the detective is showing all his fear, the slave calmly says to him, “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

I have reflected on these words and they have taught me a lot. The slave himself defines what slavery truly is: slavery is to live in fear. Think about it: to live in fear is to be a slave. Every time I think about this passage I reflect upon the damaging effects of fear. It is certainly not an easy endeavor, but we must find the courage to be present and curious about our fears because facing fear is what, ultimately, liberates us.

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

Fear holds us prisoners. If we live our lives in fear we will never be truly free. Set yourself free.

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LOVING LIFE, ALL LIFE

Knowing that all his attempts to extend his life had failed, and that the end of his existence was imminent, the replicant decides to save his enemy’s life. In the final moments of his existence, he decides to give life, not to take it, maybe because of the great love for life that he had developed. I think that when you come to a deeper understanding of what life is, you come to the conclusion that because life is too precious, no one should ever kill. We understand that the preservation of life is paramount.

What comes to my mind is a saying attributed to Gandhi: “For this cause I am willing to die, but there is no cause I am willing to kill for.”

I Will Not Kill

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IMPERMANENCE

Nothing lasts forever. “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Be the Peace You Want to See in the World – 2

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” ~ Yoda

It is during dark times that dark thoughts and feelings creep up. Beware! Hatred is not overcome by hatred; through love alone is hatred overcome. Do not feed the dark side with more hostility and rage. This only makes it stronger. Beware, because, in the end, it may engulf and consume you completely. Pause, and ask yourself, “What am I thinking? What am I feeling? “ And if the thoughts and feelings may strengthen the dark side, don’t let them get a hold of you. Try something different. Ask yourself, “How can I dispel these dark thoughts and emotions with love? How can I be a bringer of optimism, hope and peace?” Remember S. T. O. P. — Stop, take a breath, observe, and only then proceed.

Be mindful, choose wisely, and respond with love.

Be the peace you want to see in the world.

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“Serenity Prayer”

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

and the Wisdom to know the difference


 

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Choose Happiness. Choose Love.

 

“Does this add to my happiness and the happiness of others?”

“Does this expands my happiness and the happiness in the world?”

Let the answers to these questions guide our decisions.

If we claim happiness, love, and peace as our birthright, and decide to be the most peaceful, loving, and happy individuals that we can be, and do only what expands those sentiments in the world, then, no matter what may happen to us, we will always experience a deep sense of calm and an exhilarating feeling of freedom from the trappings of the world.

So, decide to be a living expression of happiness. Decide to be the happiest person you can be. Decide to live mindfully,  to choose wisely, and to make of happiness a priority at every moment of your life.

Be mindful! Be amazed! Be grateful! Be content! Be compassionate! Be generous! Be happy!

Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh and Love as long as you Live.

Much love to you all.

~ Piero

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“We are individuals here on earth with our own unique purpose. Our birthright is to be happy. Your life is yours to be lived and to be cherished. Make yourself and your happiness a priority. Become a person that you’re proud to be – one that lives with a wide open heart and stands for human goodness even when it’s difficult or unpopular. Be honest. Be willing to change your mind as you grow, learn and love. Be humble enough to let people see your humanity, because this is when true connection is formed. Give. Give. And give more, but don’t forget to be a gracious receiver too. Live each day becoming your truest, greatest self. This is your life. Live it. “ ~ Michelle Ploog

 

 


 

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Honor Those Who Came Before You

To all young (and old) artists struggling out there, may this video inspire you and make you think about what inspired him. May this video lead you to think about his connection with the Source of Creation, and encourage you  to further explore your own connection. May it inspire you to think of the ways he blesses humanity with what he does, and encourage you to bless humanity with what you do. May it take you to think about the love, peace, and smiles he spreads, and then renew your dedication to elevate the human spirit with your creation.

May this video inspire you to think how much he and all of those who came before him want all of this good to expand and go on. Pause for a moment, and absorb this energy!

May this video inspire you to think how much he and all of those who came before him want you to be successful. Feel their support and hear their well-wishes and their words of encouragement in the silence of this moment, and allow this energy to live in you!

May this video inspire you to think how happy he and all of those who came before him will be if you continue what they have started. Smile knowing that this is your time; you have been entrusted to continue their work, carry on their legacy, and tame the savageness of men with enlightening art.

Honor them by being mindful, authentic, and dedicated to your craft. Remember that you get from it what you put into it. Live mindfully, and make each present moment count. Remember that a good life is a collection of good moments, so make the best of this moment, of every moment, moment after moment. Remember that if you follow your bliss, the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

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And, now, answer this question:

“How stoked are you willing to be?”

Watch the YouTube video “Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center Honors (Complete)”

Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Be the Peace You Want to See in the World

Let us cultivate peace, because the world needs it. The world needs peaceful people. The world needs us. Let us do what needs to be done to protect this calm energy of peace, and let us avoid all that disturbs it. Let us be vigilant in order not to be another one of those who brings more agitation, anger and hatred to the world. Let us be kind to one another. Let us be the peace we want to see in the world.

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We have great responsibilities. We must expand understanding, compassion, and love, because this is the most effective way of reducing the ignorance and the hatred in our world. We must live lives that uphold the well-being of others, and see ourselves as bringers of peace, the ones whose mere peaceful presences bring energies of concord to places of discord.

There’s a lot we can do to make this world of ours a better place for all.  So, let us go ahead and ask ourselves, “What can I do to create the just world of my dreams, the world I want to live in? What, given my attributes and my personality, can I do to make this world a better place? And what, among the many things that must be done, do I feel called to do?” The answers will vary because we are endowed with different talents and skills, but certainly one of the best things we can do, if not the best, is to take care of preserving and growing our own inner-peace while guiding and supporting others to do the same. Knowing that hatred is not overcome by hatred, but through love alone, we should pause and ask ourselves, “How can I promote peace while preserving and expanding my inner-peace and that of others?”

Think about it.  I am serious. Think about it.

Peace be with you.

“There is peace on Earth, and it began with me.”

~ Piero

 


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

 

A Rich Day

 

“What day is today,” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.

The best days are the ones we contemplate, the ones we live mindfully, paying attention and being amazed by the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround us. The best days are the ones in which, by practicing mindfulness in silence, we see all the riches that the Universe has bestowed on us, and realize how wealthy we already are.

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The Path to Happiness

From Mindfulness to Amazement.

From Amazement to Gratefulness.

From Gratefulness to Contentment.

From Contentment to Optimism.

From Optimism to Compassion.

From Compassion to Generosity.

From Generosity to Happiness.

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Peaceful, Compassionate and Humane America

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. These  are two of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Power to Forgive

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. This is one of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Double Victory

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. These  are two of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

><><><><

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Inspired by a Vision of Harmony and World Peace

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. This is one of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

><><><><

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.