Peace Inside?

This picture makes me do a happy dance. I love fall! Sorry, I got distracted! :) Onward!

What do you think about this quote? "Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." Unknown.

Can we be at peace when life is upside down and when there's chaos all around us? 

There's a misconception that peace means to be all zen, sitting around in yoga form in silence for hours. That our external world should be harmonious and peaceful first and then we can experience peace internally.

But does it always work? Yes and no. Yes, it is important to have our surroundings (like our home) setup to be conducive to feeling peaceful. Whatever that means and looks like for you.

Yes, it's important to be aware of our stress levels and how that is affecting our "peace levels" in our career and our relationships. I like the passage, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18.

But sometimes life is just not peaceful. Our house is a mess, torn up or falling down. Our careers suck, and our relationships are tearing apart at the seams. The list goes on. Where's your peace then? Where can you turn to find peace. How do you find it inside and still live in the turmoil life throws at you?

If we are solely depending on our external situations to provide us peace, well we are going to be waiting a long, long time. Unless you move to a monastery or up in the mountains off the grid. But even then... There are challenges in it all. 

As the quote says, "in the midst of those things, be calm in your heart." How do we do find peace/calm in our hearts? It's an internal process for sure, but not complicated. It's challenging, but not unattainable. 

It is not 5 step program, it is a daily practice. Here's a suggestion. I know it's simple, but that's the idea. Does a complicated program sound peaceful? :)

  1. Refresh  - Breathe. Stop what you are doing and take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your nose.

  2. Release - Instead of trying to figure out the thought or situation that is causing you stress, give yourself permission to release it (let go) even if just for the moment. 

  3. Reset - Centering Word. As you breathe and release, say silently to yourself I Am Here Now, or whatever word/phrase resonates with you.

  4. Reconnect - Reconnect with your Spirit. Remember that God goes before you and is with you in the moment. Let Him carry the weight/burden. Trust Him.

Put these 4 R's into place the next time you are feeling stressed, and overwhelmed. See how it brings you a sense of peace inside. 

Thank you for reading. As always your thoughts are always welcome. Share in the comments below.
Peace & Grace,