With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world
Today I had a beautiful moment of peace seeing the beauty of our world…
After hosting first day of my workshop here in Ojai, California, I drove around in the area for an hour. I had several stops to admire the view and the energy of this special valley, enjoying the sunset around me in the mountains and later when it got dark I stopped my car in an orange field. The stars in the sky showed themselves in millions… what an energy, a treasure – rarely have a seen so many stars. I was ‘star struck’.
Traveling the world reminding people that we CAN make a difference, empowering people to be at peace, be centered to be strong to make the right choices, be courageous to care, and to dare to make a difference. Having spent the day with amazing people in my workshop today, receiving meaningful emails from people I met on my way with encouragement and gratitude – I stood below the stars tonight feeling a deep-felt peace and gratefulness. Feeling that I am living my purpose, having no regrets and knowing that I have told the people that I love how I feel and if there was no tomorrow – I would have peace in my soul.
Rene Norman, a skilled and soulful artist from Ojai has invited me to stay while hosting my course here – I am so privileged to sleep in the high celling atelier with tens of windows facing the beautiful maintains. When I wake up at night I am looking up into the stars and wake up in the morning with the sun rising behind the mountains. Coming back from my drive today ‘star struck’, emotional and vulnerable – a wonderful organic vegetarian meal was served and we shared some of our favorite poetry as a continuation of my reflective mood after my drive. I am now in bed writing this post looking up into the stars.
Below you find the first poem shared by Rene by Max Ehrmann. Take a deep breath and allow the words to lead you into the peace of your soul:
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble,
it’s a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Author – Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945)
I hope this poem and this blog will support you in finding your peace, your purpose, encourage you to take a minute or two under the stars no matter where you may be tonight…it is still a beautiful world.
To find peace of mind you can also download my guided meditative cd: The Treasure: A guided Meditative Journey.
Best of peaceful energies,
Christel Rosenkilde Christensen