“If you’re constantly chasing success, you’re not really living in the moment. Go places. Do things. The journey is what’s fun.” ~Octavia Spencer
You are peace. You were born with a peaceful spirit. Believe that you are peace.
Repeat: I AM PEACE
Yes, you are peace. Any unfulfilling, negative emotion that anyone has (fear, anger, suspicion, viciousness, bullying, shaming, meanness, lying) is learned. Peace is innate.
The chaos and dogma and the mean-spirited acts that may surround you, you can change. One person, one act can create peace. Peace, calm, tranquility can be achieved by you at any time and in any place. Only peace, brokered by love and good-will intention is permanent.
Right now, you can create peace and tranquility. A restful, peace-centered mind is and can be your domain. All it takes is first a willingness to suspend anger, grudges, falsity, pain, blame or any negativity which dispels calm and the second order is to choose peace. Some meditate, others offer prayers or read or write or create art or dance to re-gain their inner need for peace.
Mantra: I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. I will be a joyful and happy being. I am peace.
Slow down, chill out, think with your heart, create kindness. Be gentle, look for goodness. Frame your life with mindfulness. Sing a song, write a poem. Smile. Peace, be still.
Create your tranquil space, voice words of peace, place joy in your heart. Become a well wisher for every man, woman and child; it will change the world-especially yours.
Live in peace; live for peace.
I stand, yes – I stand
I stand for every man
I stand for equality and justice for all
I stand with my fists held high
I stand for freedom and liberty
I stand to reflect my dignity
Question: What do you stand for? Reply and share your conviction
“Truth be told, inner peace begins the moment you take a new breath and choose not to allow an uncontrollable event to dominate you in the long-term. You are not what happened to you. You are what you choose to become in this moment. Let go, breathe, and begin again…” ~Marc and Angel Chernoff, authors of Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs
Answer: Be peaceful. Serenity is the answer to peace, both inner and outward peace. Being peaceful does not mean you are a passive milk-toast and that you allow others to walk all over you.
To the contrary, when you are peaceful you tap into a strength of peace that is inviolable. You will not be dishonored. You will not be humiliated. You will not be weakened when you are peaceful.
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy South Africa, 1966
Have courage, be peaceful but firm of conviction and honor. Your mantra: Let there be peace on earth, let it begin with me.
Be an instrument of peace.
Be a vessel of calm on the stormy sea of life.
Be peaceful, get peace.
“Observe the invincible tendency of the mind to unify. It is a law of our constitution that we should not contemplate things apart without the effort to arrange them in order with known facts and ascribe them to the same law.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)
Developing a sense of mindfulness takes patience and practice. Simply, you can start by asking yourself, “what’s on your mind?”
Checking in with your inner self, asking to your true inner soul what’s on your mind can guide you to pleasant retreats of mindfulness.
“In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” ~Jon Kabat-Zin
Take a few minutes and practice asking yourself “what’s on your mind?” right now. Turn off telephone, television, radio, and any other device or person that could distract you and then laser the question to your inside.
Listen, hear your heart…take time to pay attention to what is resonating within you right now. What are you hearing? What do you feel as you ask yourself (in silence or out loud) what is on my mind.
Capture the feeling, store it in your recessive progressive file of memories and come back from your inner mindful state of listening slowly and peacefully.
Check in now, how do you feel? How did that exercise of inner listening cause a shift? What insight did you experience? Next, take a few more seconds to record in words your feelings and the active presence of the experience.
Mindfulness takes patience and practice. One way to sustain this new activity and soon make it your new habit is to make intentional, definite plans to clear your space and mind to start first weekly inner mindfulness check in and remember to write a brief record of your examination of feelings and insights. Then when you are ready to do this exercise daily, patiently do so. Make a point to practice mindfulness when and at whatever time is prime for you.
What’s on your mind, make the discovery by feeling what’s in your heart and soul.
Kiss your indecision goodbye. Kiss your complaints or conflict goodbye. Kiss fault lines goodbye. From now on, all you have to do is KISS life.
KISS – a simple formula to navigate life.
Keep your words and intention short and sweet, meaning live from your empathetic heart. Instead of talking to someone in a raging diatribe, KISS it. Say what you mean simply but absent venom. Managing any relationship can present challenges, but the sweetness of life offers the opportunity to regulate emotions and re-assign fault.
When you KISS a decision, it lifts you beyond the messiness of constant quandary. Think about the choices you have when posed with a personal challenge and then think short and sweet of the outcomes after which it is time to make a decision.
Japanese use the term arugamama to describe a sense of acceptance. KISS is your arugamama – you accept what you need to confront and then use simple, sweet active steps to live whole.
You are whole, now KISS life.
Questions energize the mind. Questions activate life. You live expectantly when you engage your mind and life by asking questions. The more you ask questions, the more you expand your truth.
Inquisitive minds want to know. Think, ask questions so that you review what you have learned and also broaden your exposure to what you have yet to know.
“I am always looking and I am always asking” ~Anne Rice
What’s your question? Ask, discover, probe, inquire.
One of the pivotal basics of life is to question. Be unafraid to pause to think about what you accept as fact. Challenge assumptions, require more informed answers. Think beyond the status quo, ask about new solutions.
No question is unanswerable. All questions should prompt new questions. Live your life with a question mark in your mind. This is not to be a doubter or arrogant, questions invigorate thinking. See things differently and then live with that different perspective until it’s time to question even that. Grow your mind, a more intriguing life will follow.
Og Mandino is a prober, he says “Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new.”
Ask, look, probe…make your life a million questions.
Now, what’s your question?