Stories of transformation

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Peace within and an end to loneliness

By Marta Greenwood

ACCORDING TO A WISDOM story, a king once set a prize for the best painting on peace. The painting that won the prize was a picture of rugged, bare mountains. The sky above it was stormy and angry, filled with lightning. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. Behind the waterfall, in a crack in the rock, there was a tiny bush. In the bush, a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the middle of the rush of angry waters, sat the serene mother bird on her nest, in perfect peace.

"Peace," explained the king, "means to be in the middle of all things turbulent and still be calm in your heart."

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