Peace, Not Pieces

Well being is the holistic balance of financial security, physical health, social confidence and emotional dexterity. When we neglect any aspect of our existence, our lives tend to feel incomplete, as if something important is missing.

The inner, or spiritual realm, is sometimes given little weight or focus at all. This spiritual essence has at times inspired philosophers, and certainly influenced modern psychological medicine, which was once referred to as the science of the soul.

The Solihull Well Being Forum aims to help all individuals, to become more integrated human beings. The healthy individual is after all, the basis of a healthy family, neighbourhood, nation and world.

Through poetic renditions, inspiring talks, acoustic sounds and calming meditations, the Forum addresses many of the questions that are central to living life beautifully, and with grace. Do join us, to find out more.

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  • Baljit

    A very moving and heart-felt forum expressed by all the speakers. This is a poem which was shared that evening...

    Searching for peace amongst the pieces

    Searching for peace, I venture out there to find it
    I visit the most tranquil places hoping that I will embrace it
    I spend hours walking and searching to see it
    Along this journey of life, I’m convinced I will find it!

    My travels takes me far and wide,
    Before I know it, I’m searching on each and every side
    From one continent to another I continue searching,
    Different places I continue to keep surfing

    April 20, 2014

    • Baljit

      Can it be found in materialistic things I wonder?
      I go out there and experience it, yet still ponder,
      All I want is to feel that contentment and feel at peace
      Instead I’m feeling broken and in pieces, not at all at ease

      As the days and years go by and maturity hits in,
      My journey brings me back home amongst the familiar surroundings
      As I sit and reflect in search of answers around me
      A sudden realisation awakens me

      All these years I had been out there searching for peace,
      I now realise that the missing pieces, were always inside of me That the missing pieces had always been inside of me!

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • Caroline G.

    A wonderful evening with beautiful music, poems and sharings from the heart. Thanks to all, especially Jackie who hosted. A perfect end to the evening was provided by, what was for me, a deeply moving meditation.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Magdalena

    Wonderful experience. I was / am overwhelmed by the fact that people of different backgrounds/religion are able to gather together and share their feelings, thoughts and experience with others in so easy and touching way. Thank you very much for your warm welcoming. Once I have done with my exam we will see you again. Thank you very much, love you. x

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Julie H.

    Uplifting, sincere, full of wise words from our very own beacons of light, thought provoking, amazing voices and a wonderful meditation. Invoked true essence of peace for me too. Thank you.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Dr Bobby S.

    Thanks to all the wonderful contributors who shared their thoughts and experiences about peace with us all. It was truly moving, and helped my sense of peace to grow.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Sheila S.

    sorry am not going to be with you this eve but very glad to have read all the pearls of wisdom on this page. thank you. will be with you in spirit. i think all of life is a constant process of
    change decay birth integration disintegration destruction construction dismembering and remembering and peace is the blue sky over it all, peace is always there , throughout all the chaos and confusion of the great dance of life. as the song says,let it be.

    have a lovely evening.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Sangeeta T.

    I had some thoughts on the upcoming theme of Peace Not Pieces:

    Peace is a stillness in my mind and a waltz within my soul.
    It unites my words and action allowing me to feel whole.

    Pieces are the shards of glass that torment and hurt my mind;
    An imbalance of negativity, to goodness I become blind.

    Pieces are the walls that divide the world to war;
    Pieces stop the mind from knocking at God's Door.

    Peace is what I yearn for...
    Peace will let my soul soar...
    For Peace is within my core.

    4 · April 9, 2014

    • Sangeeta T.

      Thank you David - that's very kind of you.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Dr Bobby S.

      Thanks Sang - hope you might share this in person tonight

      April 14, 2014

  • Julie H.

    I am inspired by these thoughts and words. I am also reminded of Labi Siffre's (Something inside) so strong song from 1987 which resonates in relation to peace, not pieces.

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Dr Bobby S.

      I love that song Julie…it is inspirational

      April 14, 2014

  • Mark S.

    I am looking forward to the next meeting. The title of "Peace, not pieces" indicates for me the importance of trying to have peace across our lives, not just in parts of it. It can at times be hard to achieve with different pressures being placed upon us, and at times us placing pressures upon ourselves for a variety of reasons - and not always freely chosen. When we find peace it often will affect those around us in positive ways too.

    3 · April 9, 2014

    • Dr Bobby S.

      Absolutely Mark - see you tonight

      April 14, 2014

  • Caroline G.

    The more small peaceful pockets there are the more change there can be in our society.We can bring up our children to be kind and loving and peaceable. We can actually all be pieces of a jigsaw that begins to form a peaceful loving picture.

    2 · April 12, 2014

  • paul

    I wont be able to make this,wishing a positive and progressive meeting to people who attend.

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • Roni F.

    Hi all - sorry I cant make tomorrow night - have a great evening. Peace not pieces - what a fascinating subject!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Caroline G.

    Peace not pieces...so many ways to interpret this on so many levels. Peace can be an inside job can't it? many of us can be peaceful if we pack a bag, drive miles, walk to a beautiful spot then sit under a tree and meditate peacefully can't we but the neat trick is being at peace with oneself wherever we go/whatever is happening and for me this has come from truly getting to know, accept and love myself. I have nothing to offer outwardly if I am whirling and churning internally. Friends and I often wonder what can just a few of us do to make this world a more peaceful place,how can we few make an impact on what remains a world problem? 'Let it begin with me' is a helpful saying, with me, with my family, my children, with the friends I mix with.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • D M.

    Contd.
    But in actual reality, it means that the seer will look at every single person with one eye, not two. He will not favour some, and fall out with the others. Like the sun, he will shower his wisdom equally on all.
    This may be seen as division - or taking up the sword against some - but it is the hard process of disseminating peace, relentlessly and overwhelmingly.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • D M.

    Bobby/Sheila,
    Let's not take the words from the Bible literally. They mean something completely different. A saint or seer, who comes into the world, not only imbibes the truth - eternal peace - but lives by it too, come what may. He does not compromise with the truth. He remains steadfast and resilient. His conduct is the same with his nears and dears, as it is with those he knows not. His very own may want him to make some allowances for them, but he does not. He is there, not just for his own, but the whole wide world. This is seen as a confrontation or a bone of contention: Why doesn't a fellow Jew give priority to his own people - the Jews? The seer does not see himself as a Jew, Christian or any other, but simply as a man of God, which is very difficult to swallow. This, on the face of it, amounts to 'divining one man from another'.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Sheila S.

    It might help if there was some consistency!

    "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35"For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;

    Thats in the bible too! humm. A place for everything and everything in its place i suppose…

    April 7, 2014

    • Dr Bobby S.

      Another meaning I take from the verse, is the metaphorical conflict we all face - finding our own way, and defending the right to do so, even though even those who are closer to us than anyone else, may disagree or argue against it. I might also understand the verse as a symbolic reference to the idea that we all walk an individual spiritual journey, and sometimes we have to cleave away from all that we hold dear, in order to progress and grow. (Apologies if I have offended anyone, in my take on this).

      1 · April 7, 2014

    • Sheila S.

      i think challenging the status quo is an explanation. a sword for cutting the ties that bind maybe.

      1 · April 7, 2014

  • Sheila S.

    I came across this yesterday, written by Jan Berry. Thought it appropriate. I agree we need integration and disintegration or there would be no growth, its sometimes easier to fall apart than to get oneself back together!
    God of comfort
    In our despair we cry to you
    "Can these bones live?"
    Can our hollow skeletons
    Ratting in empty shells of decaying buildings,
    dance again in life and hope?
    God of the living
    Renew us with the breath of your Spirit
    Knit us together, skin and bone, flesh and blood,
    Breathing, growing, flourishing
    In the place you have made for us.
    Call us again to wonder and praise,refresh us with the excitement of your love,
    And inspire us with the vision
    To share a living faith with you.

    ["God" here for me is the Great Spirit of the universe. It may mean something else to Others. Namaste]

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • paul

      we all need to question where is all this confusion coming from,insecurity,we all have a responsibility to change things for the good of mankind. the truth can hurt,and there is a saying the truth can set you free.

      1 · April 7, 2014

    • Dr Bobby S.

      Sheila, in my work as a Psychologist there can be an assumption of putting things together, and getting emotionally well. You are quite right that in some cases, wellness follows the break-down, almost as though the disintegration was needed as a new foundation…kind of like the Phoenix rising from the flames. It depends on how we have been holding things together in the first place - many plasters over sore wounds, might just be making things worse, and disguising the infectious disease. Ultimately, it's not how badly we have fallen, but how boldly we get up again - not so much what is lost, but what is gained that matters…if it were not for the ragged pieces, would we ever value peace? I think your prose about renewal is a lovely metaphor, and people may assimilate this according to their value systems and beliefs.

      April 7, 2014

  • D M.

    Peace and pieces go together. Whilst the latter split and disunite, the former, adhere and unite. What do you want?

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Dr Bobby S.

    A person approached a spiritual master, and said, 'I want peace'. The master replied, remove the 'I' and the 'want', and you will be left with peace!

    It is the case that our desires and expectations sometimes lead us to a state of disintegration, rather than integration. We may seem to be acquiring more and more (respect, possessions, comforts, skills etc), but without a holistic sense of Self, we struggle to appreciate what we are, what we need and what we already have. Self-awareness brings the fragmented nature of human existence together, as we see ourselves as part of a grand tapestry of humanity, where every thread, colour and expression adds beauty to the whole.

    March 11, 2014

    • Sheila S.

      not just of humanity! the whole of life on earth! yes, all part of all that. time to re-member [ie put back together]

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • Sheila S.

    The little daisy looked around
    and saw the flowers on higher ground
    it saw their beauty with thicker stem
    and wished that it could be like them.

    as it sat alone on wayside bare
    those who saw it sopped and stared
    for it gave much cheer on a dismal day
    they forgot their stress and stopped to pray

    [rita rogers]

    oh hush your noise ye men of strife and hear the angels sing!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Dr Bobby S.

    See the unity in Faith or Dharma. If I have to prove my belief is best, and the beliefs others cherish are somehow inferior, this says more about my inadequacy and very little about the magnitude of my Creator. Muhammed - None truly believe, until they wish for their brethren what they wish for themselves

    Jesus - ...because I was hungry and you fed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me. Whatever you did for the least of your brethren, you did to me

    Nanak - Lord may everyone in the world prosper and be at peace

    Avtar - Love for all in heart and prayers for all on the lips - such is the life of a devotee

    1 · April 6, 2014

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