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Being Peace That Passes Human Understanding; Part 1
I know I have written about peace many times in the past; after all, that is what I am about. Like Love, I wonder how many truly understand the true meaning of peace and practice being there daily. I have considered what might be termed “levels of peace” and know that I have experienced this. I believe that Peace and Love are the same, or at least, you cannot have one without the other. You will notice that I capitalized both words here to point out that Divine Love is Divine Peace, of which we are all a part.
My last article (When Will It Stop?) touched on peace and related to “going within”. Certainly, going within is needed, because peace is not “out there”. Too many people keep looking outside of themselves for peace; it is not there and never will be. This is like looking for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Years ago I thought it a neat idea to create a department of peace rather than a department of war. While this is certainly a step up from a war department, it is still looking to an outside way of bringing peace into the world, or stopping war.
As long as we focus on separation there will always be war within our thinking and doing. Recognizing the Oneness of life brings us together physically, because we look beyond the appearance of a body to the being we truly are within. This is the beginning of true peace. We do not have to totally live in a state of Oneness in every moment, but see it as a goal we strive for. Knowing that we are all in this life experience together, and that we are never alone helps give us the the Oneness mindset.
True inner peace must be sought, it does not come automatically. You can see from the above that there is more to its practice than just trying to be in peace at a given moment. The ancillary aspects of true inner peace might require more from you than you might think. Below is a list of what I consider necessary to develop the peace that passes all human understanding.
Do you need to master the above? No, but practicing each of the above items will bring you closer to the experience of inner peace. Now I may sound like a tough taskmaster, but I have done the above. If I can do it, so can you. Furthermore, you have been reading about the above for years if you have read my previous articles. If you have not availed yourself of a full read of each article that calls to you, they are all sitting in the archives waiting for your eyes.
How would you begin a practice of inner peace apart from the practicing the items in the above list? You begin with small, easy steps, because the road to peace is filled with potholes. What follows is perhaps a beginner's treatise on moving into a state of peace.
The practice of peace begins with moving into a relaxed, meditative mindset. I will stay away from doing mediation itself, since it is a process in and of itself. You only have to be relaxed and focused on being peaceful. Finding what you consider a peaceful place is your first step. We start practicing peace by finding something peaceful in the outer world. Nature is always peaceful and would be a great place to practice.
Any natural place will do, even it is your own backyard. If you cannot easily get to a place in nature, then find somewhere that you consider peaceful or, at least quiet. If in nature, walking will help you move into peace. If you are a restricted place, then sitting quietly will do. Once you settle into a quiet place, be it walking or sitting, relax and begin clearing your mind. Letting go of thoughts is essential. You might as well be in a stadium with fans yelling for their favorite team, if you are letting your mind fill with thoughts.
Begin by taking a few deep breaths in through your nose. Closing your eyes may help if you are sitting somewhere that is not in nature, because it closes off any distractions that could trigger thoughts. If you are walking in nature, taking in the scenery without thinking is a great way to clear your mind.
Once you have relaxed and calmed your thoughts you will begin to experience a peaceful state of mind and body. The purpose here is to just Be. You may have to practice calming your thoughts, especially if you are in your head a lot. One method that works great is to focus on your heart, while you breathe. Put your hand on your heart as you breathe; it will bring your focus here.
The HeartMath method of heart coherence is a great way to practice the above. Basically, you focus on your heart as you breathe in seeing in your mind Love as white light moving into your heart space. As you do this, imagine your heart and mind coming together in a ball of white light in your heart center. Breathe in a couple more times or until you feel peaceful.
The above processes will work great if you are in a peaceful setting and are only focused on being peaceful. Relating to clearing your mind of thoughts, there are various ways of doing this. Below is a list of some suggestions that might work better for some than others.
Once you have been able to create a peaceful state of mind and body in your chosen quiet, peaceful place, you can move on to less peaceful places. We will discuss this next time. If you have any questions, as always send me an email.
Peace be with you always.
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