By: Melody Beattie
One day, a friend called me on the phone. He was going through a difficult time and wondering if and when things would ever turn around and improve. I knew he was in a lot of pain; I didn’t know then that he was considering suicide.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
Challenge: Create your inner Peace.
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~Brian Tracy
Peace is not a destination, it's not something we chase or find. Peace is always available. No need to go running after it but it does take effort. This effort entails consciously choosing "to be still".
What happens in our life will always affect our mental state, but we don't have to let those circumstances control our mental state. We need to make tiny choices for our own well-being. We need to choose peace. Its easy to get caught up in worries and stresses. Sometimes we can feel like that is the only available response to the things happening.
It's not, there are many ways to create peace of mind.
It might mean slowing down. Being present in this moment, and showing up in our own lives. Becoming reflective and daring to be more self-aware. Maybe we need to let go of too many activities. Allow time to read, pray, breathe and walk. Welcome this focus on peace. Let go of harmful ways and patterns. Less doing and more being.
A Prayer for Peace of Mind
Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not that faithful to you. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives.
Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on.
Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Other ways for inner peace:
"Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
By: Fr. Richard Rohr
Most people have never actually met themselves. At every moment, all our lives long, we identify with our thoughts, our self-image, or our feelings. We have to find a way to get behind this view of ourselves to discover the face we had before we were born. We must discover who we are in God, who we’ve always been—long before we did anything right or anything wrong. This is the first goal of contemplation.
Imagine you are sitting on the bank of a river. Boats and ships—thoughts, feelings, and sensations—are sailing past. While the stream flows by your inner eye, name each of these vessels. For example, one of the boats could be called “my anxiety about tomorrow.” Or along comes the ship “objections to my husband” or the boat “I don’t do that well.” Every judgment that you pass is one of those boats. Take the time to give each one of them a name, and then let them move on down the river.
This can be a difficult exercise because you’re used to jumping aboard the boats—your thoughts—immediately. As soon as you own a boat and identify with it, it picks up energy. This is a practice in un-possessing, detaching, letting go. With every idea, with every image that comes into your head, say, “No, I’m not that; I don’t need that; that’s not me.”
Sometimes, a boat turns around and heads back upstream to demand your attention again. Habitual thoughts are hard to not be hooked by. Sometimes you feel the need to torpedo your boats. But don’t attack them. Don’t hate them or condemn them. This is also an exercise in nonviolence. The point is to recognize your thoughts, which are not you, and to say, “That’s not necessary; I don’t need that.” But do it very amiably. If you learn to handle your own soul tenderly and lovingly, you’ll be able to carry this same loving wisdom out into the world.
Gateway to Silence:
Reference: Adapted from Richard Rohr, Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go (The Crossroad Publishing Company: 2004), 94-95.
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox