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Essentials For The Spirit

I have been keeping a journal for a long time.  I started my first one when I was 14 years old.  At that time, I had a friend who was a nun and she gave it to me as a graduation gift from the 8th grade. The Journal has a wheat field on the front cover with inspirational quotes from the New Testament on some of the inside pages.  It is only about 30 pages thick. My writings in this journal have one theme:  “My search for inner peace.” In one of the first entries I wrote, “If I could ask for one thing in the whole world, it would be to find a sense of inner peace, calm and tranquility.” I was 14. I already knew I did not have inner peace but for some reason I wanted it. Something inside me knew what I was lacking.  It knew somehow what I needed. I now realize my exploration of various religions and even yoga was my path back to an internal sense of peace. Even at the young age of 14 I was looking for something I felt I had lost.  I have an innate feeling we come from a deep sense of calm and tranquility which goes back even further than mankind’s origination.  I believe we seek to find that sense of calm…