International Peace Day is today September 21. This is a day meant for celebrating a world at peace. The possibility for peace is on the way if you and are a willing to make it happen. Yes you and I are the ones. Lets focus on what we want; not on what we don’t have. We cannot count on our elected officials or the executive branch to bring about peace. Corporations make too much money preparing for war and going to war. Media shows what their corporations want us to see, so they can’t be counted on either. It is up to us. Are you ready for the task?
I thought one of my favorite things to do is to read something inspirational when I want to celebrate something or ready myself for a challenge. Inspiration expands me into a greater awareness and joy for life. I enjoy reading novels that have a metaphysical, spiritual, higher knowing, Eastern wisdom, teaching kind of flavor. I guess I am not the only one that likes these types of stories after the success of The DaVinci Code.
I just finished a thought provoking and enjoyable book. The book was titled The Greatest Spiritual Secret of the Century by a progressive thinker named Thom Hartmann. It was published in 2000. The greatest secret is not a secret but it is something we need to be reminded of on a regular basis and a reminder may not do it, for it takes a level of consciousness to fully grasp the teaching. The story is well written and moves along at a nice pace with great visuals compliments of the author’s descriptions. I felt inspired and my thinking was expanded by the concepts shared in story. The book also has a lot of social commentary that I found supportive of my observations. There is much about this book that would lend itself to creating peace and to supporting us living a purposeful life.
Several others books come to mind as I finished this and wanted another one to replace it. Illusions by Richard Bach is a favorite; so to is The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman; and Siddhartha by Herman Hess is a classic treasure. I just relocated a book, through Amazon, I read a number of years ago called, Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street and then there is The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a favorite. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield has some great concepts and is enjoyable to read. Another favorite is Old Path, White Clouds a story of the Buddha told by Thich Nhat Hahn. What are your favorites in this genre?
Reading that lifts us up is so needed in this spinning, chaotic world we live in. When a book takes me higher, I consider it a great gift that enriches my life. Books can put us in the mood to celebrate life and to proceed with whatever lies ahead. We can all use a boost of inspiration because there is much to do.
Have a peaceful peace day and be inspired so you can make the world a better place.