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Peace is a verb, not a noun!

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yes, peace is both the journey as well as the destination, the means as well as the goal, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said. As a similar saying goes, “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” Peace is a verb because it is active – we continually practise peace in our life through conscious choice.

I think in some cases, peace may involve speaking out against injustice, like what this article on “A Buddhist look at justice” says, such as in the case of Martin Luther King, Jr. making impassioned speeches championing equal rights for all.

On the other hand, sitting quietly in prayer and meditation (“Be still and know I am”) can be a powerful way to bring peace into the world. Thich Nhat Hahn is a strong advocate on this means of peaceful movement, and he is also writing books and conducting talks to promote peace. So, peace may also involve meditation and mindful living, such as practising mindful walking, sitting and eating. All these are peaceful means by which we arrive at the goal of peace (both inner peace and world peace). So yea, I suppose it depends on situations, and I guess the most important thing is to follow the bliss/peace within, in whatever we do.

One of the problems of contemporary culture is that life moves at such a quick pace, we usually don’t give ourselves time to feel and listen deeply. You may have to take deliberate action to nurture the soul. If you want to increase your soul’s bank account, you may have to seek out the unfamiliar and do things that at first could feel uncomfortable. Give yourself time as you experiment. How will you know if you’re on the right track? I like Rumi’s counsel: ‘When you do something from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

Elizabeth LesserThe Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life A Spiritual Adventure

Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health: Thich Nhat Hanh and Health@Google

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Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay in his circles) made a rare visit to the Googleplex to lead a half-day Health@Google workshop in the fundamentals of mindfulness. The exercises and rituals of mindfulness lay the path to optimal health and happiness.

Thay may be the second most famous Buddhist monk in the world, right after the Dalai Lama. He is certainly one of the best known and most respected Zen Masters in the world. Thay is a best-selling author, poet, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. He is a key pioneer in actively applying insights from meditation to solving real-world social, political and environmental problems. Thay most recently published Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, with Harvard School of Public Health nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung. At 85, he’s touring North America before retiring to his monastery in France.

Life at Google is fast, furious and fun, yet it can take a toll on ourselves and our loved ones. Through Thay’s specially crafted workshop, you’ll learn how to reduce stress, eat for health, sleep better, find emotional stability, improve concentration and sustain optimal performance.

–Chade-Meng Tan



I am a beloved child of Divine Love/Great Spirit, and so are you. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. My main interests in life include Nature, music, spirituality, inspiration, philosophy, sports, reading and photography.

2 thoughts on “Peace is a verb, not a noun!

  1. The same could be said of art, the finished product is not the art, it is the process towards completion which is the art.

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