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Laura's articles are published monthly on the San Dimas Community News, the La Verne Community News, the Glendora Community News, and the Azusa Community News. She is also a regular contributor to The Messenger, a Spiritual newspaper operating within the greater Los Angeles area and online editions.

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Month of November/December 2007
Be The Messenger For Peace 

The holiday season is here again and with it, the opportunity to choose what to do with it. For most people is a time of great stress and frustration as they go through the shopping for gifts, fighting heavier traffic, attending unwanted family activities, worrying about money, looking back at the year with regrets, and in general doing more and resting less. 

If you are one of these people, you are behaving out of a part of the mind that mostly runs on automatic pilot. That part of the mind has learned from the environment and it does an amazing job at choosing stress and frustration as day to day emotions. What you must remember is that you are not your mind, you are a powerful being, who has all what it takes to master your mind and to choose more calm and peaceful feelings. We can all do this regardless of the ‘craziness’ of the environment. 

The first thing you need to do is become aware of the Observer in you. Become the observer of your own thoughts. By observing you start to take control of the mind and of the reactions to the environment. You have all the power within you to choose peace and joy regardless of the experiences that you are being presented with. Some experiences are more challenging and will take you into some other emotions, just allow it. We are here to experience our humanity, to embrace it. I’m not suggesting we can’t or shouldn’t feel certain emotions, what I am saying is that for the most part, the powerful being in us is not doing the choosing, our old programming is. Those old tapes that keep taking us to unwanted emotions seem to be in control. 

When you’re feeling those negative emotions that you definitely didn’t want to be feeling, rely on your breath. Your breath is one of the most powerful tools to go back into peace. Breathe deeply until your heart relaxes and you feel peace. Do not allow the mind to keep you running aimlessly through this myriad of emotions. You are more powerful than your mind. Your mind is your tool. You are a Spiritual being. As the mind wants to think thousand thoughts and feel thousand different emotions, bring the awareness to the moment, to your breath. The now, the present moment, is eternal and is complete with silence. Be there and you will find peace. 

As you move into more peace, choose to bring peace to those around you. Here are a few ideas you could easily implement this season and throughout the next year to be the messenger for peace: 

- Smile. Smiling releases your own stress and brings a smile to someone else. Smile to yourself, to your family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. 

- Be loving. Have loving words toward everyone and everything. It is contagious. 

- Be compassionate. Have a heart full of compassion toward the people that are negative, angry, frustrated. You know a secret that they don’t. Do not judge, simply observe. Do not fall into the trap of the mind going into their level. Stay loving and compassionate. Have a loving word. Know to forgive every time. 

- Have fun. Choose to have fun while driving in that jam, while yielding that parking space to someone else. Choose to have fun sending your good energy to everyone you encounter, even to the angry coworker or the angry driver on the other car. Love them especially. 

- Be appreciative. Always remember to treat everyone as if it’s the last time you’re going to see them. Tell them how much you love and appreciate them. Resolve to appreciate everyone at that family reunion, to appreciate everyone at the work place. Appreciate everyone who serves you, at the postal office, at the store, at the restaurant. Appreciate this beautiful creation and every creature in it. Give thanks to this wonderful Universe. 

Be a messenger for peace. Have a blessed holiday season. Stay in your power of love and peace. Remember we are all connected at the Source. We are all One.

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Laura Bonilla, C.Ht. is a Licensed Spiritual Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master/Teacher. Laura’s holistic approach is to bring the Spirit, Mind and Body into Oneness. Through her private practice she helps people be successful in life. For private sessions, information about her workshops or to buy her Self Hypnosis CDs please go to or contact her online. You can always read her articles and archives on her website. All her materials are copyrighted © 2020. Reprints allowed with credits intact.