Under the Cherry Blossoms

It was a fresh spring day 2020 when I read the sign on the garden gate that said “temporarily closed” due to COVID-19. The benches outside the garden had been taken away to encourage social distancing. It was the beginning of something that no one was able to define or categorize. We were heading intoContinue reading “Under the Cherry Blossoms”

The Journey into Silence

“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu   This month, I am following my dear friends, The World According to Dina, Leaping Tracks and Silkannthreades into silence. For most of us, this is entering unfamiliar territory. We have become accustomed to sound, whether it be the soothing lilt of music, the white noiseContinue reading “The Journey into Silence”

The Gift of Peace

Peace allows us to pursue our purpose in life – to discover and explore what drives our creative and intellectual passions.  It is the one gift that we can give ourselves, irrespective of external circumstances. Peace is the absence of anger: “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace ofContinue reading “The Gift of Peace”

Peace in Action

Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”  ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Virginia Woolf once said:  “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”  PeaceContinue reading “Peace in Action”

Peace comes with Understanding

“They are Man’s and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”  ― Charles Dickens, A ChristmasContinue reading “Peace comes with Understanding”

Peace with our Enemy

Apartheid – the repugnant policy or system of segregation or discrimination based on racial standards Nelson Mandela (Madiba – his Xhosa clan name) – the anti-apartheid activist, the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela was charismatic, handsome, a brilliant communicator, and a serious activist. He wasContinue reading “Peace with our Enemy”