The title, Your Peace, emphasizes, the word “your”.
The peace you enjoy is your very own peace. You define it. You welcome it. You create it. You promote it. You accept it. You appreciate it. You are responsible for it.
It is, literally, your peace.
You’ve probably heard this about many of life’s major focuses: your happiness, your health, your self-worth, for example. It’s especially true with peace: it is your responsibility.
Our 99 days have explored many ways you may experience peace. The thrust has been to recognize peace in many of its glorious forms. Once you recognize and realize that peace is infinitely real, it becomes a snap to find it, create it, enjoy it, and have more and more and more of it.
If I may, I would like to offer 5 tips that might allow you to fulfill your peace-making responsibility.
Make Time. A frequent obstacle to knowing peace, is “I’m too busy! I can’t find the time!” Don’t look for the time; make the time. Give yourself 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes to explore peace. Schedule it. Commit to the schedule. Experience this pre-set time just a few times, and time for peace will be automatic.
Talk It Up. We think more about what we talk about. We think about it before we speak, as we’re talking, and when the conversation is over. If you talk (more) about your peace and where you find it, what it lets you feel, and why it matters to you, you will motivate your consciousness of peace.
Keep a Record. Something as good as peace is worth remembering. Writing down what you experience and the details that are key for you will make it easy for you to recreate and re-enjoy your peace experience. As with Make Time (above), a few minutes of journaling the details about your peace for a few days will very likely make the journaling itself a peace-producer.
Fertilize It. As with flowers, fruits and vegetables, you want your peace to grow as healthy, strong, and productive as it can. Allow your creative mind to answer the question you may already ask: “How can I take this peace up a notch?” Just don’t edit your answers. Any idea about making an experience with peace more meaningful and more fulfilling is a good idea.
Hybridize It. Stick with the gardening metaphor. Bringing two peace “flowers” together can create an especially beautiful blossom. Imagine what can happen if you combine experiences, perhaps with another person and their peace experiences.
It really is your peace. Don’t rely on others to give you peace. Don’t look for situations to deliver peace. Know that what you think, what you concentrate your mind and heart on, is your reality. That can be peace.
the Peace from which you made me
fills me with power to create peace
in my every day existence.
You grace me with freedom to find
peace in the things I do and the way I do them.
You bless me with opportunities to see
and hear and smell and taste and touch peace
in the human life I live.
You thrill me with autonomy to bring
experiences of peace right to myself
in all these ways and infinitely more.
Sweet Spirit, that I am made with Peace
and can make my own peace
gives me such wonderful gratitude.
Thank you, GOD.
In: Commitment, Inner Peace, Intention, Peace, Prayer, Praying · Tagged with: Intention, Peace, praying, spiritual simplicity
Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements fulfills by its message, its intention, and its simplicity. That fulfillment is experiencing the peace living the Four Agreements brings.
Be impeccable with your word. When you speak the truth, mean what you say and fulfill what you promise, you never have any reason to worry about your words. You know that the power of your words is grounded, sincere, and has integrity. That can only result in peace.
Don’t take anything personally. Realize and remember (remind yourself) that each of us creates our own reality. How someone treats you, reacts to you, speaks to you is their reality. When you know you are immune to others’ opinions, you will enjoy your own peace.
Don’t make assumptions. Ask questions to remove doubt and fear and uncertainty. Misunderstandings are a frequent cause of unnecessary sadness and drama. Clarify and verify what you hear others say, what you see others do. Removing assumptions opens the door to an inflow of peace.
Always do your best. If you judge yourself negatively, harshly, unfairly just once, you are doing so too often. If you know that, given the true conditions of the moment, you have done your best, you dispose of regret. Knowing that you’ve done your best in this instance does not mean you cannot, will not, do better next time. It means you can (and should) be at peace with the best you’ve done here, now.
leading us to live these Four Agreements
gives us the power and the peace to know
truly and to be completely our Self.
As we live and follow your Word,
the truth and meaning of our word
offered to another verifies our Being.
As we realize what we express is our reality,
the freedom of defining our own self worth
is ours to live.
As we discard assumptions by asking what we want
to know, we bring to light the certainty
that sources peace and happiness.
As we know that whatever we do is our best,
we live with peace that we offer fully of ourselves
to others and to our world.
For these Agreements with ourselves
we thank you, GOD.
And so it is. Amen. Amen.
Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.
In: Affirmation, Commitment, Happiness, Inner Peace, Peace, Prayer, Praying · Tagged with: Divine Spirit, Intention, Peace, praying, spiritual simplicity
The phrase “peace through strength” goes as far back as Hadrian, Roman Emperor from 117-138 A.D. It’s most often been taken to support the idea that a strong military guarantees peace.
Let’s take it another way. Let’s consider the various strengths we personally know and the peace we derive from those strengths. Let’s keep in mind that our strength and the peace it provides come, ultimately, from the Peace of Spirit with which are created.
I offer you these statements.
I know truth.
I have faith.
I enjoy peace.
Is each one true for you? If each (or any) of the statements is true, is it a statement of strength? Are you stronger knowing truth? Are you stronger having faith? Are you stronger when you enjoy peace?
I suspect the answers thus far are “yes.” And so I offer this: if those are strengths that create peace, then we know peace through strength.
How much peace do you derive from knowing truth? The serenity of being sure of your beliefs gives you peace. The security of trusting what you know is truth generates peace. The safety you feel relying on what is true rather than the feeling the waver of doubt creates peace for you.
What is the peace production from faith? Faith produces trust to rely on Spirit. Faith produces comfort in giving up to Spirit’s direction. Faith produces certainty that what is put in circulation comes back abundantly. That’s peace produced a variety of ways.
When you enjoy peace, do you not find that makes for more peace? Peace is like a smile: one generates another which generates another. Peace is like a hug: given and received at once a hug makes you want another. Thinking about peace, reflecting on peace, imagining peace are peace-promoting activities. Just sensing peace promotes peace.
And it’s a self-fulfilling experience. Peace gives us strength. Strength gives us peace. And not the way Hadrian meant it.
you are our source of strength
and our source of peace,
one and the same.
The Peace from which we’re made
gives us strength.
The strength we get from loving you
brings us peace.
Our faith is strong and offers peace.
Your truth is Peace which makes us strong.
The peace we feel, the Peace we are
empower us to live and love full out strong
loving you and one another, loving all
for all is One.
We thank you, GOD, for strength that gives us peace.
We thank you, GOD, for Peace that makes us strong.
And so it is. Amen. Amen.
Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.