Relationship and Peace in this Imperfect World

trust-needs-opennessPeace is not possible, if we place a lot of expectations on our partner. In this imperfect world building sweet relationship is a habit.  We need trust and trust needs openness.

In the New Testament, when Jesus was asked about divorce, He replied that Moses gave permission to divorce because of the hardness of their hearts. Before God, marriage is a lifetime relationship that should never be severed by human action.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?” So they are no longer two but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).

However, when adultery has taken place, a divorce can be obtained, because adultery has already severed the marriage relationship and divorce is a formal acknowledgment of what has already taken place.

Good relationship need healthy impatience. Healthy impatience takes time for slowing down, thought and reflection. You need to identify your patterns.

Nobel Peace Prize Mission Objectives and Criteria

The Nobel Peace Prize has been called “the world’s most prestigious prize“. Alfred Nobel, peace advocate and inventor of dynamite, left the money for the first five Nobel awards in his will. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who in the preceding year “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses“. As of 2016, the Peace Prize has been awarded to 104 individuals and 23 organizations.  Over time, many individuals have become known as “Nobel Peace Prize Nominees”, but this designation has no official standing.

Who can get Nobel Peace Prize?

Anyone, who has major contribution for peace in the world can get the Nobel Peace Prize.

The prize favors people who seek to advance humanity. Mother Teresa obtained her peace prize in 1979 for tirelessly working to help children and refugees. However, Mahatma Gandhi missed the prize. Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, Malala Yousafza and Aung San Suu Kyi are the well known figures of Nobel Peace Prize.

Criteria for Nobel Peace Prize

Mostly, American President and the life-threatened religious figures are the winners of the Nobel peace prize for their work. However, occasionally people who create paradigm shifts, or major shifts in thinking for peace, can also receive a Nobel Peace Prize for their work.

Who Can Nominate for Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel committee allowed  limited people to submit nominations  for the prize. The members of national assemblies and governments, members of international courts, university chancellors, university professors of certain subjects, directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes, previous winners of the Nobel peace prize and members of or advisers to the Norwegian Nobel committee are eligible to nominate for the prize.

Timing for Nobel Peace Prize

The deadline for nominating a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize is February 1. The Nobel Committee typically comes to a conclusion in mid-September, but occasionally the final decision has not been made until the last meeting before the official announcement at the beginning of October. Alfred Nobel died on the December 10, 1895, and the Peace Prize is presented on December 10.

Mission & Objectives of Nobel Peace Prize

  1. To promote brotherhood between all people in the world.
  2. To promote economic development, enhancement of social progress and better standards of life.
  3. To promote tolerance, understanding, solidarity and co-operation among men, women and children throughout the world without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or political orientation.
  4. To contribute to the removal of obstacles to peace, to work for justice, security and disarmament, and to promote the development of peaceful co-existence and co-operation among countries of the world.

Inspirational Words for World Peace

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. ” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— Mother Teresa

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein

“Peace is the music of every soul. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.” – Amit Ray

Securing your nomination for the next year:

The best things about the Nobel peace prize is that it can be won by organizations as well as individuals. You can work as individual or with organization. Prize is due in February, so it is not too late to start thinking about securing your nomination for the next year. How you communicate with the public matters, too.

If you don’t get the prize don’t worry, your effort will not be in vein. Someday, somewhere you will be awarded, if you work with true spirit. If you are passionate about making a difference in the world, focus your energy on your dream to make a peaceful world.

Inspirational quotes: Preparation for Tomorrow

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Having a positive outlook on life is a crucial part of finding inspiration.

What inspires us? Many things can inspire us – seeing other people accomplish great things, seeing other people overcome adversity hearing inspirational quotes from great people, even the sheer beauty of nature can remind us just how lucky we are to be alive. Having a positive outlook on life will bring us joy and provide us with inspiration when we least expect it. Here, I share TEN top inspirational quotations that have inspired me.

You can grow like a tall tree, when you enjoy the sun, wind, rain, storms and the stars in the dark nights.- Amit Ray

1. You can grow like a tall tree, when you enjoy the sun, wind, rain, storms and the stars in the dark nights.- Amit Ray

2. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Dennis P. Kimbro

3. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

4. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

5. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

6. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

7. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

8. Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly. – Neil Gaiman,

9. Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly. ― Langston Hughes

10. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ― Jane Goodall

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Greatest Hits

Power of calming, grounding and restorative

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These are two useful mindfulness tools from my “greatest hits” of 2014. I still practice both of these. The first is very calming, grounding and restorative, and useful also with nighttime wakefulness. The other is a great one from Tara Brach, helpful when thoughts are regretting the past or projecting into the future – it is an instant pivot! Finally, I conclude with something new, and equally impactful, from Byron Katie.

“Take your thumb and connect it with your pinky, take 5 deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth.  Do the same with your ring finger, then your middle finger, then your index finger.  Then finally, bring all 5 fingers together and take 5 deep breaths.” (excerpted from thespirtscience.net)

This last greatest hit from 2014, is just one simple question quoting the mindfulness teacher, Tara Brach. I put this question on one of my homemade “well…

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