Monday, September 24, 2012

Say A Prayer For Peace

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

~Mahatma Gandhi

I painted "Say A Prayer For Peace", with both individual peace and peace between nations in mind.  
There's so much turmoil in the world right now. It's so easy to feel powerless.  

Sometimes I feel powerless in my own life.  
The unrest in the world is certainly out of my hands...  
out of anyone's hands.  
More than one person, or even one nation, can resolve.  
But I know this:  I know I can pray for peace.

Peace in my own heart.  
That much, I can start to claim.  
And as I claim it, I can imagine it radiating out.  Out from my own body, into my neighborhood, encompassing my city, then my state, slowly spreading through the whole world.  
I can breathe in peace.  
And breathe out love.  

I can pull it from the earth into the soles of my feet.  
Through my body and out my head.  
And if a lot of us do this; if we remember to feel peace, to be peace...
perhaps the world will begin to feel it too.  

Wishing you peace always,

"Say A Prayer for Peace" - Acrylic on Canvas - 24x36" - ©Shelly Penko 2012


  1. Girlfriend your talent just overflows in every beautiful piece you create! I would love to hang it all on my walls! Excellent work! Sanna

    1. Thanks so much, Sharon. I would hang any of your art on my walls too! Your angel piece with all the angels doing different things just blew me away! So happy you stopped by and left a comment! ♥

  2. I do this all time... when I practice yoga I breathe in one word (usually peace) and breathe out another (usually love)
    Beautiful painting, and great post! I am sending light back at ya sister... the more lights we have in this world the better. Thank you for making this world a better place!

    1. Hey, Nat! Thanks for sending light my way! I appreciate it! (((hugs!)))

  3. Her serene but strong look and the vibrant colors make this painting very captivating to me, Shelly. I love it! And your words are so warming, too. xoxo

    1. Aw, Sandra, thanks so much. ((((Hugs))) to you, my blooming sister!

  4. Oh my dear Shelly. Your work speaks to me in ways that no other has for a long time. It is so rare I see pieces I feel deep in my heart and would love to hang in my home. Every piece I have seen of yours, I could live with for a lifetime and fall more in love each day. Your gifts to the world will bring you many gifts in return. hugs, Donna

    1. That's just the most amazing compliment, Donna. It touches my heart! Thank you so much for your steady encouragement. It means so very much to me! ♥

  5. love, love, loving your colors and beautiful flow in your artwork. thank you so much for sharing such inspiration and beautiful stories!

    best wishes!


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