About that "Be Peace" thing?
Its really hard to do. I would find it so much less stressful to "Be Sarcastic." Or "Be Belligerent." Or, in the best of all possible worlds, "Be Really Honest and Just Say the Thing That Is On Your Mind."
But that wouldn't fit on a button. So I continue to bumble my way through Being Peace and find that it is driving me back to two different activities. The first is meditation. That soothes me and also serves the world by having me otherwise engaged in activities that don't involve me speaking my mind.
The second, of course, is hot glueing. Yesterday, I plugged in the hot glue gun, entered a trance, and when I came out of it, found that I had created a whole new community.
here but have since curated and refined.
recent lecture, Tara Brach explained it best for me. She notes that before the election, so many of us had a story about how the world--the United States--worked. "Now," she points out, "that Story is over. But we do not yet know how the New Story will unfold. We are in that uncomfortable space between stories." Paraphrasing, she points out that the discomfort makes us want to act (because discomfort is so intolerable). Instead, she suggests we simply pause and deepen our awareness. There will be a time when it is appropriate to act.
Me? I suggest hot glue.