Peace. It’s a beautiful word that denotes freedom from upsetting thoughts or feelings; quiet and tranquility; calm.
It’s something we all want for ourselves and from those around us. We wear the symbol on our clothing and our jewelry as if that’s all it will take to get us there. This is going to sound contradictory but that peaceful, tranquil feeling we all long for is not possible most of the time. However, peace is our responsibility and we need to keep trying.
There’s always that moment in our lives where we are at peace. We are calm and feel that all is right with the world. Then we’re driving down the road and a person cuts off and slows us down. Or we’re on our way to something fun and someone in our family or group decides to start a fight. Or we’re looking forward to lunch with friends when one of them shows up in a really bad mood.
In all of these instances the air around us turns crisp and tense. It can’t be helped. Let’s face it, we are all human beings and just like a sponge soaks up water we soak up the energy that comes rushing our way and through us. Absorbing the negative energy though is not where the issue lies. The real challenge comes with how quickly we can squeeze out the energy until we’re back to that peaceful place. I’m not talking about swallowing it and ignoring the feelings that come along with it. I’m talking about acknowledging it, feeling it and then letting it go. I’m talking about taking responsibility.
When we’re responsible we’re present and aware of what is happening. We’re also able to clearly see what role we each play in bringing people down. I know for a fact that I have cut someone off, started a fight and showed up in a bad mood.
But how do we get there? As we all know it’s not enough in this world to want peace. Peace will always be disrupted. And expecting it to come easy or natural is not feasible. We have to work at it every day to feel it. Feeling it is always the key.
This is why I find so much comfort and solace in the affirmations that I created in the Devoted to Me book. I have memorized them by now and they pop into my head all the time. They continue to slow me down to make me aware of my actions and center me. I also wear my Devoted to Me bracelet to remind me of what I’m trying to achieve……a better me. Together they make my “me” muscle stronger so that I can get back to that peaceful place and not linger in the negative emotion for long.
I fail in some way every day. I figure that’s a good thing. It means I’m still growing and evolving which is the whole reason I’m alive.
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Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you. Accept it. Pass it on.