Spiritual Health & Finding Peace
How do you Master Peace? Isn’t it what we are all looking for in our lives? If you could truly have inner peace no matter what the circumstances around you what would your life look like?
Let’s start off with the question, ‘what is peace?’ We all seem to be searching for it, we all want it – but what is it? Peace is a state of being and a journey. Peace starts with you and with me. It’s not something that happens “out there” in the world. It is a force that lives inside of you. It’s inside all of us.
Even in those we enjoy disliking. It’s in all of us because we are all the same; we all come from the same place. The differences we chose to experience that we call “Christian”, “Jewish”, “Islam”, “Buddhism”, “Woman”, “Man”, “Child”, “Parent”, “Alone” etc, etc. are simply colourful expressions of who we are. They are just a game we have chosen to experience in this life. They do not define who you are. They just add colour to this current experience.
Peace is a state of being and is present in all of us. Who you are is peace. Who you are is love. Who you are is joy. We sometimes get glimpses of this. We have all at some time in our lives experienced a moment of peace, a moment of pure connection to all that we are. They are there to remind you of who you really are.
How do you get to peace? This is the part of peace that I call the journey. We spend so much of our lives looking for peace outside. At an early age we are taught to do well in things that are outside of ourselves and that rely on other people’s approval. If we do them well we are rewarded by praise and we are reinforced in being able to “feel good” about ourselves.
This “feeling good” is what we begin to associate as peace. And we like it. As a matter of fact we quickly become addicted to it because this “feeling good” this “peace” is an echo of who we truly are. We want more of it – it’s only natural.
The challenge then becomes to find it inside instead of trying to find it outside or to expect others to provide it for ourselves. This is the journey of peace. The inner journey that starts with the first step – awareness – our own personal awareness. When we depend on others to provide it for us we have then created a co-dependency.
Different experiences in life can lead you to that awareness. For some it is an illness, for others difficulty in relationships, and for others difficulty in finances or a loss. This is usually when we feel the call for something greater, when we reach out to try to understand the “why” in life and how we can find peace.
Each person will Master Peace in their own way. However, the first step starts with you. You must become aware you do matter. You must begin to take time for yourself. You must put yourself and your relationship with yourself first. Some may think this is being selfish, but it truly isn’t. You can’t give out what you don’t have. Until you take the time to search within and find inner peace – that true essence of who you are – you can not bring it to others and the world.
Written by: Antonia Hagens
Article sourced: naturally savvy