Are You Peaceful?

tranquilityI started teaching my "Be Still and Mindful"  meditation tele-series last week, so peacefulness has been on my mind more than usual.  I'm loving helping the students connect to inner peace.  This week, we'll be discussing mayhem and how it shows up outside as part of our Soul calling us to recognize the distress inside.   Seeking inner peace is the way to experience a more peaceful environment outside of ourselves.  It's important personally, and because we are all part of the global web of "collective consciousness," it's important to the world and every being in it.  

I love Saskia Davis' poem on the topic, and thought I'd share it with you.  I appreciate the simplicity and concrete nature of her words.  Here's your chance to check-in with where you stand relative whether you're creating mayhem or peace.  Please share how it resonates by posting a comment. What areas of your life are signalling that your inner beingness is anything but peaceful?  What are you prepared to do about it? One thing you can do is share this with others who may need help diagnosing their own situations!


Symptoms of Inner Peace
By Saskia Davis

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace.  The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to innnerpeace, and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in judging self.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom)
  • Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than making them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others, as well as he uncontrollable urge to extend it.


If you have one or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable.  If you are exposed to anyoe exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.






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  1. Hi Valerie,
    Truly we are a global community.

    I love your words about mayhem outside signaling distress inside, being part of the global collective consciousness and seeking inner peace as a path to outer peacefulness. All so true! A Google alert brought me to your post. After such meaty lessons in so few words , your intro to SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE is high praise, indeed!

    I want to invite you and your readers to visit There is a small poster available there, as well as a little more of my writing. Also, if it would work for you to link to my website, I would love it. Also, you can write to me at symptomsofinnerpeace (at) If you do, it will help if you will mention the URL of this post.

    Blessings for a 2012 Inner Peace Pandemic

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