What I love about reading is the joy of peeking into someone’s mind and finding new ideas. For example, Oprah Winfrey in her book, ‘What I know for Sure’ mentions a singer named Snatam Kaur. I was so intrigued by the lovely, strange name that I immediately searched the name on Pandora. Suddenly, my hotel room was filled with simple harmonic progressions. It had an Middle Eastern flavor. But something else…a feeling of peaceful calm.

It is impossible for me to feel sad or have any negative thoughts when music like this is playing. I love the high notes and the harmonious sounds. I looked Snatam Kaur up and found that her full name is Snatam Kaur Khalsa. She is an American singer and songwriter and performs Indian devotional music called kirtana, which is Sanskrit for “praise; eulogy” a call-and-response chanting performed in India’s bhakti devotional traditions. Snatam Kaur tours the world as a peace activist.

Her name Kaur, means princess and is shared by all female Sikhs.

You see?! Isn’t it marvelous to know something new; something that I did not know a moment ago?

A moment ago, I had no knowledge of this singer who tours the world as a peace activist. And now that I do have this new piece of knowledge, and as I listen to her music in the background as I am writing, I believe that my words are being influenced by her music. Peace, praise and devotion. How wonderful. Imagine being a peace activist. Someone who actively encourages peace.

My friend we can be that ourselves. We can actively encourage peace in each moment of our lives. All we have to do is elevate our thoughts. I don’t mean have lofty, highfalutin thoughts; I simply mean thoughts that elevate our minds so that negative thoughts are pushed out. There is no room for anger, upset, anxiety or frustration to grow when the mind is focused on peace. And when you are in the company of songs by such people as Snatam Kaur you will find yourself being filled with peace.

My friend, today be a peace activist for yourself if for no other. Listen to music that calms your soul. Read books that enlighten your spirit. Seek the peace in life. It is there. It never goes away. It is your constant companion—all you have to do is open the door and allow it to flood in. Enjoy the light today and more than that enjoy being a peace activist in your life.

About Val Gee

I believe we all want to love and be loved. If we are not in love or being loved, then what are we doing here? I choose to wake up every morning filled with love and so I make it my mantra, "My purpose in life is to be loving." Check out my books published by McGraw-Hill.
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