Monday, October 20, 2008

Passion & Peace (Mandalas for Peace Series)

The wellspring of peace lives within everything on earth, but it cannot flow freely when it is tended with apathy, rather than passion. Apathy causes us to detach from our passion and forget who we are; forget what we stand for…and, as I recently heard someone say, ”If you stand for nothing, you can‘t stand at all.” The indifference of apathy quenches the fires of passion.

Passion and peace….two dynamics that are seemingly very different and yet, peace cannot fully exist without the presence of passion. Passion is often thought if in relationship to fire and tumultuous intensity. Passion, in its true form, is the ability to live life fully; it is the quality of embracing life with joy; it is being fully present for each moment that is experienced; it is the quality of being committed to walking your walk and talking your talk. Passion does not have to be expressed loudly. It can be a continuous but slow burning fire that burns brightly, with occasional bursts of flames that can be seen more vividly.

Like the unending ripples formed from the action of throwing a pebble into a pond, your personal commitment to living your life with passion will activate an awakening within your soul, creating a deeper level of peace within you. The energy of your inner peace will ripple outward and into every aspect of your life and will impact upon the people with whom you interact. When you stand with passion and peace, you stand strong.


Sue O'Kieffe said...

i got goosebumps when i saw this image... i would love to see it in person, too
its warmth settles in my heart
love your message, too
thank you

cheryl @ mandala oasis said...

Oh..breathtaking this mandala is.. the colors are wonderful..and is soothing and dynamic. What a combo..passion and peace. My heart and soul is at peace when I give outlet to my passions.

I'm so glad that we're a part of this whole mandala of life :)

cheryl @ mandala oasis said...

by the way...
I love the Om symbols..surrounding this mandala... peace thru and thru..

:) Cheryl