May you be at peace. May your heart remain open. May you awaken to the light of your own true nature. May you be healed. May you be a source of healing for all beings.
(Photo credit: Peaceful Path by Jessica Jenney)
I'm trying to embrace peace. To become more peaceful in my thoughts and actions. To show my children peace is the way.
Becoming more peaceful isn't just about feeling calmer within yourself or learning to control your temper outwardly - although that's part of it. It isn't just about reducing stress and thus feeling more happy and healthy- though they are certainly benefits of being more peaceful.
I find the most amazing benefit of learning to be more peaceful with yourself is that you will naturally project more peace and be calmer in your interactions with people around you. And, because we humans are inclined to mimic what we see (think: yawning in response to a yawn - we can't help it, we just do it), the people around you will be more peaceful - not only towards you, but to others they encounter. That means more joyful interactions with your children, your partner, your friends, your coworkers, even strangers. It works. It can be challenging. But…
When you find peace in your heart, it spreads outwards, and heals not only you, but everyone around you, and around them. You are teaching your children through your actions more than you ever could through your words. Why not teach peace?
So how can YOU begin cultivating peace within yourself? Here are a few tips:
Learn to meditate.
Take a moment to think before you speak.
Visualize how you'd like to feel and act.
Find things that you love to look at or listen to or read that are soothing - and then, look, listen, and read them.
Breathe deeply, whenever it occurs to you, but particularly when you're not feeling at peace.
Understand that being kind is more important than being right.
Make time to do things that you enjoy - don't neglect what inspires you.
Hug your children and your partner, even when - ESPECIALLY WHEN - it feels difficult to do so.
Love. Love. Love.
So... Are you at peace? What helps you become more peaceful?