Finding Peace By Going Within, Out or Without (Part 1)6 comments
Finding peace…There are as many paths to finding peace as there are ideas in our head. Geneen Roth, the bestselling author of Woman Food and God, says that we can take anything, and take that thing all the way to the end, we will find Spirit. When she says anything, she means anything. Divorce, trees, foreclosure, sunsets, cancer, food, anything!
She says that if we explore that thing with curious observation only (A.K.A.without judgment or fear) we can come to the peace of the present moment. That thing (divorce, trees, foreclosure, loneliness, sunsets, cancer, and food) is in our way of seeing this moment right now. It distracts us.
So if we look straight at that thing and breath into it, we begin to see through it. Without its story to distract us, we can see beyond it and there we can connect with the divine. I call it “Two minutes to Peace.”
The trick to finding peace to suspend fear and judgment since this is where all of the suffering is. Easier said than done, but not impossible. And the benefits are worth the effort! When we suspend fear and judgment, we cease to suffer. Then, in that peace of the present moment we can find divinity in ourselves and in all around us.
Though there are unlimited ways to find peace, this week we’ll explore three general categories. Today we are finding peace by “Going Within. ”
1. Finding peace by going within
We can start finding peace by taking residence in our bodies. We often spend so much time in our head with to-do-lists, what-ifs, if-only’s, and should’s. Our very self’s are put in the boxing ring consistently being KO-ed. We get back up and are socked again.
When we go within, we take a break from this mental abuse and spend time in our bodies. Our bodies are much quieter than our constantly chatting minds. In fact, they are very quiet. (If you have a lot of pain, you might want to challenge me on this, but the “noise” from physical pain comes from our heads not our bodies. We fear what it is and how we’re going to handle it, or go into the why me’s and get angry, both making it much worse.)
Finding places of quiet in our body, we can connect with our higher self. It is in this place, the quiet of the present moment, that we can see ourselves through divine eyes. We can connect with our spiritual selves and we understand that we are greater than this body and bigger than what is happening to us. We learn to love ourselves with unconditional love and in turn, we learn to love all around us. Some people say that prayer and meditation are two sides of the same coin. Prayer is talking and meditation is listening. If we listen from this place deep within, we can learn so much.
The breath is the easiest place to start when traveling into our bodies and into our selves. It is always there and easy to find so we don’t have to work too hard. And slowing of the breath has physiological effects on our nervous system, calming us physically and assisting our mental focus. It is a perfect place to begin the journey to peace!
The meditation series starts by inviting us to find peace in these places within by following the breath. There is no cost but you must register to receive the daily password. Don’t forget to confirm subscription by email. (Often this gets lost in the bulk folder.)
Tell me: How do you seek peace within?
Jodi Aman / /