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“The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.” ~Fran Lebowitz

Peace is Letting Go of Resentment.

December 7, 2017

 

In the thick of the holiday season and the scramble before the end of another year, it can be difficult to connect with Peace. And yet isn’t that really what it’s all about?

 

 

Anthony de Mello asked, “How can I impart the gift of peace and love to others, if my own heart is still unloving, and I don’t have peace of mind myself?”

 

 

How can we sing about “peace on earth, good will to all,” if we ourselves are in a state of agitation and frantic confusion?

 

 

I come back over and over to the powerful practice of silence. When I become quiet, I enter into a profound and mysterious place. One of the Psalms says, “Deep calls unto deep.” The depths are found in the realm of spiritual silence.

 

 

In silence, I learn true perspective. I learn that it is possible to release fear. I learn how it feels to let go of resentment.

 

 

Resentment is hell. Letting go is heaven.

 

 

Richard Rohr says, “The ego loves something it can take sides on. True interior silence really does not allow you to take sides.”

 

 

In silence I learn. In silence I reconnect with my true self. In silence I release. In silence I find “peace that passes all understanding.”

 

 

As you live your life during these holiday weeks, whatever your circumstances, I sincerely hope that you can take time out for silence and that you can spend time in the realm of deep peace.

 

 

Be at peace.

 

 

Be peace.

 

 

With love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.