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Practice Peace
By Sibyl McLendon

"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end." ~Ajahn Chah

Most all of us desire peace in our lives. Many people, however, look for that peace outside of themselves, never realizing that peace comes from within, and if you can find it there, then the outside life will follow.

It is all in how you perceive what happens to you, the people in your life and the situations that come up on a daily basis. A peaceful soul leads to a completely different outlook towards outside events. A peaceful soul changes the way in which you react to the people around you, and that leads to them changing the way that they act and react to you.

Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, something you give away. ~Robert Fulghum

Believe it or not, inner peace is nothing more than a habit you can develop. No magic genie is going to fly down, hit you with some angel dust and grant you inner peace! It really is something that anyone can find, develop and nurture in their life. If you begin to practice peace then you will get better at it. It is no different from any other habit, it just takes time and practice to make perfect.

The first thing to do is to expect peace. Be totally open to the possibility that you can find true inner peace. You can never develop something in your life that you do not really believe you can.

Next, whenever a troublesome or negative thing comes up, stop before you do or say anything and ask yourself if this is going to matter tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. The chances are excellent that it won't. Any event that happens to you has just the importance that you ascribe to it! Don't give negative events or people more energy than they really deserve. Once you decide that something is no big deal, it isn't, and if you decide that it won't disturb your peace, it won't.

It is also important to surround yourself with peaceful things. If you watch violent movies or TV programs, then this is NOT conducive to a peaceful inner being. Violent video games, books, magazines, people, places... all should be avoided if you seek inner peace; your actions and your associations influence you. Make them be peaceful and peace is easier to achieve.

We must also be careful to avoid ingesting toxins in the form of violent TV programs, video games, movies, magazines, and books. When we watch that kind of violence, we water our own negative seeds, or tendencies, and eventually we will think and act out of those seeds. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Just release the turmoil in your life, and make the conscious decision to be at peace. Do peaceful things when you can, such as sitting quietly in nature, listening to soothing music, reading books that will help you to grow in some way or that make you feel good. Spend time with peaceful people whenever possible. Practice peace!

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. ~Jawaharlal Nehru

Make a firm decision to stop before you react, and think peace. Surround yourself with peace. Be open to peace in your life, and you will find it.

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." ~Buddha

About the Author:
Sibyl McLendon is 1/2 Navajo, and is a personal empowerment coach for Circle Of Grace. Empower yourself to be the best that you can be! It's healing for your soul. http://www.circle-of-grace.com

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