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The Peace that Exists Behind Chaos
“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”
—Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
“When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.”
—Thich Nha’t Hanh
With all the world’s incessant noise and chatter, it can sometimes seem nearly impossible to find calm moments of peace. That loss of quiet reflection can feel even more pronounced in our current age of information overload via computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices. A calm inner state may be especially difficult to attain during the holiday season if you’re already feeling added stress or profound sadness. Peaceful moments, however, are available. Like the sun on a stormy, overcast day, we may not feel its presence. Yet, peace is always there.
How do we find calm in times of chaos? Where is it during family strife or heartache?
I’m one of those people who does better with lots of sunshine and not quite as well in the winter months. Living in the Midwest means I have to be much more intentional during the long dark days of winter to practice self-care, to slow down and rest, and to find ways to keep myself warm, cozy, and content. The same is true of my spiritual well being during stressful times. If I continually subject myself to an influx of negative information from multiple sources, I start to feel depleted. Taking time to fill my inner well—during the winter months, during the holidays, and during a crisis—is critical to my sense of calm. Here is what helps me:
Stepping back. Breathing. Time alone in silence or prayer. Soft music. A walk. Inspirational readings. A catnap. Three deep breaths. Meditation. Writing. Time in nature. A cup of hot tea. Another deep breath.
Peaceful moments are here. We may need to make small daily choices to seek them out. But when we do, it’s like walking through a gate. On the other side of all the mental churning and emotional upheaval, there is a place you can go for a moment of respite. That calm space is available to you whenever you need it—behind whatever else may be going on in your life—because it is within.
Place a hand over your heart and breathe. Just for a moment, tell yourself: All is well. I am in a place of love.
In peace & joy,
Diana J. Ensign
On a side note: Here’s a sneak preview of a few upcoming peaceful events for the New Year. I hope you can join me! : )
Workshop: Answering Spirit’s Call: Creating the Life You Imagine
Sunday, January, 12, 2014, 12:15 – 2:15 pm
The Unity Church of Indianapolis
907 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Warm Up From Within (Weekend Event in Brown County)
Workshop: “Deepening the Journey: Stepping Through Obstacles and Fears on the Path to Your Dreams” during Lee Edgren’s Winter Wellness Weekend – Warm Up From Within, January 17 – 19, 2014, at Brown County State Park.
Find more information and register here.
Answering Life’s Call: Learning to Slow Down Enough to Hear It!
Date and time TBA
Journeysfire Spiritual Center
The Propylaeum, 1410 North Delaware Street
Breathing… Thanks Diana! This ‘calming’ is so needed for this season of the year. Beautiful writing.
Thank you for soothing words — needed today.
Thanks Rexene & Barb: I seem to need moments of calm every day! (Looking forward to seeing you both soon..friends are also a good remedy for winter or holiday blues!)
Thanks for the reminder! Peace is a choice, an option that’s available in every moment and with every breath. Not something “to be attained.” Even on these busy streets of Manhattan. Peace to you!
So wonderful to hear from you Stephen! I’ve never been to Manhattan, but I hear you are getting lots of snow! (and I imagine warm coffee shops, art work, theaters, old beautiful churches, and you–surrounded by friends who love and support your gifts!) Happy Holidays!!
Please keep in touch! Love & Peace ~
Took me a while to get to your latest blog, but so worth it in helping me consider how to nurture more peace, more presence of God in my life…thank you for leading the way…blessings! Charlie
Thank you Charlie.
Nurturing a deep and abiding faith (such as you have) is another way to be in peace. I try to remember that ‘I am in the hands of a loving, Spiritual, Universal presence that will guide the way.’ “Let go & Let God” is a good reminder! : )
Blessings to you & your family and happy holidays!