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WISDOM WITHIN - December 2017 - Kansas City
Create Peace for the Holidays
By Suzette Scholtes
On Christmas Morning I would play background music for many masses at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, near 227th and Metcalf. It is a brick steepled church. My sisters and I visited the church this fall and its beauty and peace radiate all around. The church is over l00 years old.
My skills playing the organ were not that great as I was trianed more for piano. But I loved playing Christmas masses. The peace and calm would fill my heart for days.
Back at the farm my large family gathered for brunch and always saved me my share. Since we celebrated Christmas eve I did not feel left out and felt happy the younger kids would be home enjoying their new games and toys.
The folks would shop for one special gift for all the family to enjoy. The big hit that year was a tandem bicycle, a little challenging to guide on the gravel roads. We loved it.
How do we define peace? For the most part is is freedom from worry. I have two signs one in my office and one in my car that reads “Everything is working out for me.” It is a powerful affirmation. The more you say it the more it evolves.
Peace and calm offer so much to the quality of our lives.
More Freedom from stress
Ease in our daily routine
More trust in ourselves
More freedom from our negative ego, especially blame and frustration
Freedom from annoyances and regrets of the past
Probably the most important pose of yoga to foster peace is Savasana or conscious relaxation. I hear often how yoga teachers make it too short or how some leave the class and skip this most important ritual.
Finding peace becomes easier when we feel gratitude for the many gifts of our days. Join me in making this a wonderful and peaceful and easy holiday season.
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Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the regions prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street,