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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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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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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– “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

www.PeacefulWays.org

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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”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

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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– “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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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

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”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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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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Stay in touch.

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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

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 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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Stay in touch.

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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.