28 Days of doing good by others won’t amount to much if by the end you yourself haven’t changed.  There’s no better place to begin to change the world than with yourself.

Recognize that you are lucky to be here right now.  Those kids that were killed in Newtown, or the folks at the movie theater in Colorado or the mall in Oregon…  they were all innocent bystanders in a terrorist’s act of destruction.  It could have just as easily been in your hometown, your mall or your movie theater.  The fact that you are here now, able to live and breathe is a gift.

The stated goal of the 28 Days for Newton is to spend this time bringing more peace, kindness and compassion into the world.  But if you don’t possess those virtues, how will you ever be able to share them?  You have to cultivate them in yourself as well.

How do you do that?  How do you make peace?  I’m willing to bet you already know, you just probably don’t do it enough or ever.  You just have to stop what you are doing.  Close your eyes.  Experience a long moment of silence and solitude so that you can encounter the stillness deep within you.  You might say a prayer or you might just wait.  It sems too easy to be true, but that is what it is so amazing.  The first step in finding the peace we want to bring into the world is so simple, many ignore it.

Peace is a special thing — it can’t be forced and it can’t be faked. The good news is that if you haven’t got very much peace inside you right now, or sitting quietly for a few minutes seems impossible, these 28 days will help you find it.  You’ll be amazed what happens when you start doing good for others.  Keep trying those moments of silence throughout the day.  you’ll be tempted to rush through it and busy yourself again with you tasks for the day.  Instead,  Then, give that feeling a chance to grow.

Sit quietly.

Sit quietly.