A peaceful life does not come about by demanding it.
“I will meditate 20 minutes twice a day!” “I will keep a Gratitude Journal and every day I will write down 10 things I’m grateful for!” “I will commune with nature!” “I will become a vegan and eat only organic food that I produce myself!”
Hmm, are you peaceful yet?
All these ideas are wonderful tools to use to clean up your life and you should do them – if they make you happy. But they won’t bring you peace.
We talk about “going within” and “internal work” but what it really comes down to is where is your faith? Do you believe in the probability of a greater Power? Do you believe in God (by whatever name you call it)? Do you converse with God? Do you listen?
Tough questions with no simple answers. If you say you do and then question why things are going wrong, then I would say you’re not paying attention.
A peaceful life comes when you learn to ask and then allow God to do God’s work. Be patient and have faith that the right and very perfect answer will come. Ahh….but what do you do when you don’t like the answer? Yeah, then what?
It’s simple. Go back to the life you were living.
A peaceful life requires you to make changes to the way you think and the actions you take. It is not an “easy” life. The outside world will challenge your peace on a regular basis. While this may sound counter-intuitive, when you reach the point of understanding that peace does not mean complacency it becomes clear that the external and the internal can work heart to heart, hand in hand. You begin to realize that your peaceful presence is having an impact on the chaos.
It is your faith in your internal compass (that I call God) that will change, not only your world, but the world around you. Let it guide you and watch what happens. Once you do, you will be amazed at how peaceful your life can be.
Peace is right here, in this moment.
From my heart to yours, Diane