The Miracle of Peace
Walking on water
What’s the greatest miracle
Peacefulness on earth
It’s funny to consider that we use the phrase, “They walk on water”, when we’re referring to someone who we’re impressed with for one reason or another. And, of course, there is the biblical reference of Jesus walking on water on the Sea of Galilee.
In this particular Haiku, I have us ponder what really constitutes a miracle. I chose peace for this writing as it seems as though this very state, at this very moment, would certainly be able to top the list. After a year of discord and disturbance, having some semblance of peace might be a miraculous doing. If we can all embrace the fact that we are a conduit for peace, then we could truly amplify the energy around this concept. A peaceful approach to all situations is what we should aspire to create. Some believe that solely going down the path of a peaceful intervention will not necessarily “get the job done”. We must remember that the arsenal of peace carries more force than we actually give credit to it. But to really muster its strength, we must be better listeners. For the skill of listening is what activates this peaceful power. And when we truly take the time to listen, we begin to both see and understand, that there are multiple miracles around us every day.
Vietnamese Zen teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, expressed the following:
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child –our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
May we find the courage, starting today, to surrender ourselves to peace and take the time to listen, so we can witness the miracles that surround us.