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The Christmas Truce Story

The spirit of Christmas loses luster at times. Family pressures overtake us. Economics burden us. Unfathomable events sink us.

Even in challenging times, a Christmas moment catches us off guard, bringing a smile of a warm memory or a burst of gladness. It may not matter if one believes in Christmas or not, the seasonal spirit still slips through. No matter what our religious beliefs, we all understand a moment of peace and the spirit of it.

The Christmas Truce Story

Today, even after a decade and more of war, only a few understand the burdens of fighting, being on guard constantly, and leaving family behind. Go back in time and add in muddy trench warfare, coldness all around and little comfort nearby. This was the setting of the Western Front in World War I.

In 1914, World War I was being fought as Christmas Eve settled upon the battlefield. The divide between the opposing forces was known as No Man’s Land, the sliver of space between opposing trenches. In No Man’s Land, no one would want to venture. Enemy fire would ensue, and life would be at grim risk. Yet, this is where the Christmas truce took place.

From a short distance, candlelight twinkled in the night, and voices could be heard singing “Silent Night” and “The First Noel,” interrupting the darkness of war. As soldiers peered over the piled dirt, they saw tiny Christmas trees lining the tops of the trenches.

Peace broke out. Hands were stretched out and shook readily as a gesture of peace. Gifts were exchanged. Haircuts were given. Laughter burst out. Conversations in broken languages began. A soccer game was played. All this unfolded in a barren place known as No Man’s Land. All was done in a moment of peace and the spirit of it.

German, British, French, and Belgian… All joined together, putting their gun battles aside to capture a few minutes of peace.

Through frontline letters and a few articles, word of the Christmas truce spread sporadically and skeptically to others. Some thought it was a myth. Some worried if battle plans would be upset. The war continued for many years afterwards and, although attempted, a Christmas truce was never realized in the same way as on those days and nights in 1914.

As one German soldier said, “It was a day of peace in war. It is only a pity that it was not decisive peace.”

A Moment of Peace

While the Christmas truce is a short story of peace, it brings hope and challenge. The hope is, even in the muddy trenches of raging battles, peace can bloom. The challenge is, simply, how can we string together moments of peace?

For me, this is the ultimate tale of the Christmas truce. It is about creating the moments of peace, centered on values of a season and of humanity. It is about determining how to sustain those moments into a longer stretches of time, turning minutes into momentum within a society working together to achieve a higher purpose. This needs to be our story. This needs to be our resolved challenge.

Imagine the parents receiving the letters describing a Christmas truce between enemies, outside the trenches, and barely beyond the stench of the battles. Unbelief would be likely. Gratitude for the spiritual power of peace would be another.

Peace Imagined

We cannot afford to be dampened down below the spirit of Christmas. We must rise up over our challenging times and practice moments of peace, lending a hand, sharing a laugh, hugging a friend. We must rise up and call on our communities to embrace peace as a daily standard, not just something practiced during a holiday. We must rise up and have the conversations about how to advance our society forward rather than revel in blue/red state issues.

We have a larger purpose. It is time to recognize this fact of life.

Just as the soldiers from opposing sides stood up and out of the trenches to extend their hands and share a moment of peace, we need to do the same.

Rise up in the spirit of peace and exemplify peace even in the face of unquiet times.

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Love Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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YogaRetreat På Færøerne

Vil du op til Færøerne i en uge sidst i maj og opleve Nordatlanterhavets smukke øer og rolige, venlige charmerende kultur, så tag på en skøn Yogaretreat, hvor du bliver forkælet fra morgen til aften.

19. maj – 25. maj 2019 

Du kommer helt tæt på vulkanøernes sjæl.

Afslapning kombineret med indre sjælerejse og fysisk aktivitet i storslået natur.

Professionel yogainstruktør og turarrangør.

 

Skriv til mig på brianjacobsen@rocketmail.com, hvis du vil høre nærmere.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Feel The Power From The Cold

It is cold and dark,

you feel weak and sad,

but You don´t have to feel that way.

YOU can fight it

and make the cold and dark on your side.

You can learn to get energy from it.

Just like Jonna Jinton in this video.

Have a fantastic day in the dark and cold. Be the light and have the insight.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Karma Your Life

Karma (car-ma) is a word meaning the result of a person’s actions as well as the actions themselves. It is a term about the cycle of cause and effect. According to the theory of Karma, what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions. It is an important part of many religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

The theory of karma can be thought to be an extension to Newton’s third law of action and reaction where every action of any kind including words, thoughts feelings, the totality of our existence, will eventually have a reaction, same type of energy coming back to the one that caused it. It implies that absolutely nothing exists, which does not comply with the law of cause and effect. On the scale of the Universe it would imply absolute determinism of all actions, feelings, thoughts and developments for the past and for the future making both calculable, if the current state of the Universe would be known fully.

In terms of spiritual development, Karma is about all that a person has done, is doing and will do. Karma is not about punishment or reward. It makes a person responsible for their own life, and how they treat other people.

The “Theory of Karma” is a major belief in Hinduism, Ayyavazhi, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. All living creatures are responsible for their karma – their actions and the effects of their actions.

Karma Your Life,

See your mirror image

in a balanced knife.

Give give and give,

then you will receive the world. 

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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The 7-5-3 Code

Have you decided to fight for your values and purpose?

Don´t you think you deserve the best?

I never knew why I was so drawn to the numbers.......

Respect to YOU dear warrior.

YOU are brave each day.

YOU fight for YOU and others.

YOU fight for what YOU believe in.

Keep on going with virtues,

health and the proper state of mind.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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November Fun Run 19-11-18

Ha det sjovt med din motionsform, eller i hvertfald mindst pinefuldt.

Fokuser på, at du skal ud i den friske luft, og lege med alle de forskellige ting du kommer forbi. Det handler om, at du kommer ud at bevæge dig og gerne med så alsidige bevægelser som muligt.

Jeg synes, det er noget sjovere at løbe i en skovbund end på en hård ensformig asfaltvej. I skovbunden bliver du hele tiden udfordret med underlaget. Du skal hele tiden koncentrere dig om, hvor du sætter fødderne, og så er det bløde underlag noget blidere ved dine led, hvis du altså ikke vrikker om.

Udse dig gerne nogle udfordringer på din måske allerede planlagte rute. Jeg har fx altid gerne villet trodse min højdeskræk og fx kravle op i tårnet på Herfølge Stadion. Med endorfiner og dopamin i blodet, har jeg nu trodset højdeskrækken 5 gange og lavet forskellige styrkeøvelser de seks meter oppe over boldbanerne.

Det giver altid en fed følelse, at overvinde noget man ikke troede var muligt. Det er selvtilfredshed, selvtillid og livskvalitet.

Derudover er belønningen her også den gode udsigt over de boldbaner, hvor man selv har spillet og trænet spillere igennem flere år.

Turen går videre til andre forhindringer og træningsredskaber.

Udendørstræningsstationer er en rigtig god opfindelse, da der her er mange gode muligheder for at træne forskellige muskelgrupper udendørs. Ydermere træner stationerne flere muskelgrupper samtidig i modsætning til maskinerne i fitnesscentrene.

Tilbage til den lille kunststofbane igen og dens gode forcerbare bander. Derefter endnu en tur op i tårnet.

Planlæg selv en rute, der giver dig udfordringer og kan træne så meget som muligt af din krop. Både konditions-, styrke- og koordinationsmæssigt.

God træning.

P.s. Undskyld pusteriet på videoerne ;o)

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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