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A Holiday Gift of Peace, Joy, and Inspiration

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Here my gift of inspiration, peace, and joy to OEN readers. I hope it lifts your spirits during this holiday season and all year!


Swan Love. Fabric Mosaic Collage c. Meryl Ann Butler.

A smile is the beginning of peace.

--Mother Teresa


Calla Tao. Prismacolor c. Meryl Ann Butler.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with "¨the world.

--Marcus Aurelius


Jewel of India: Taj Mahal. Fabric Mosaic Collage c. Meryl Ann Butler.

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with"¨ themselves.

--William Hazlett


Jeweled Mandala. Acrylic. Meryl Ann Butler.

If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has"¨ taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

--Dale Carnegie


The Star. Silk painting. c. Meryl Ann Butler.

Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the peacemaking role of women.

--Mikhail Gorbachev


Suns, Moons and Stars. Prismacolor c. Meryl Ann Butler.

If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes."¨

--Madeleine L'Engle (from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)


Soaring Free. Fabric collage c. Meryl Ann Butler.

I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war, but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture will do away with war as a natural process.

--Jane Addams


Monk Chant. Prismacolor c. Meryl Ann Butler.

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of wellbeing.

Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life.

Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.

--Dalai Lama


Prayer wheel. Prismacolor c. Meryl Ann Butler.

Whenever we experience happiness and peace in our natures, we are at the gate where the medicines of joy, laughter, play, fun, and humor flourish.

--Angeles Arrien


All Seeing Eye. Prismacolor c. Meryl Ann Butler.

Whatever peace I know rests in the natural world, in feeling myself a part of it, even in a small way.

--May Sarton


Flowering of Love. Fabric art c. Meryl Ann Butler.

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy.

--Thomas Jefferson


Amethyst Mandala. Acrylic. Meryl Ann Butler.

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstances, but by our disposition.

--Martha Washington


Vortices of Light. Fabric art c. Meryl Ann Butler.

There are some days when I think I am going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

--Salvador Dali


Oya, Goddess of the Dance. Fabric art c. Meryl Ann Butler.

We have a song to sing; we have a joy to bring to the world, and love and peace and happiness.

--Ernest Holmes


Beacon of Light. Fabric collage c. Meryl Ann Butler.

Then indeed should each of you at this Glad Season make the hearts of others Merry by thine own happiness.

--Edgar Cayce (262-103)


Shrine of Holy Wisdom Rose Labyrinth center detail.

 

http://www.merylannbutler.com

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 
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Beautiful work, Meryl. Thank you for sharing it wi... by Debbie Scally on Friday, Dec 25, 2009 at 10:15:48 PM
I got lots of lovely private comments too - I'm gl... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Dec 25, 2009 at 10:46:10 PM
..For sharing your wonderful work with us!After al... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Dec 27, 2009 at 11:43:47 AM
Here's to a wonderful new year!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Dec 27, 2009 at 11:46:08 AM
appreciated, whenever I read them. I passed this w... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Dec 27, 2009 at 12:32:05 PM
I appreciate your comments, Daniel! I am happy to ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Dec 27, 2009 at 12:35:26 PM