A way to create more peace in our lives is to first notice the many ways peace is already present. You might be surprised how it may take some practice at first. We often think of peace in terms of what’s missing. Aside from meditating or doing yoga and looking at Nature, how is there peace in your everyday life?
Have you had the experience that energy follows attention. We place our attention by choosing our thoughts. Consider how energy follows our thoughts. Think of a time when you met someone new whom you really enjoyed and then you saw their name everywhere including on restaurant or street signs that you hadn’t noticed before. Gratitude for what brings us peace helps us see the peace that is already here as well as attract more peace. Bringing a full focused, embodied appreciation to anything is a powerful attraction energy for more of what we want.
Mother Teresa’s quote about peace, however, emphasizes the power of energizing what we are wanting by how we place our attention:
“I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me.” ~ Mother Teresa
Dancing Gratitude offers a powerful One Gratitude Practice, that can be applied to your desire for peace. Notice as many moments of peace as possible and how that feels in the body, heart and mind.
Waking up without an alarm clock and feeling my feet touch the floor.
Feeling wind blowing in my face as I walk from my home to my car.
Praying over a meal.
Being with a friend coming to equanimity with a very difficult situation.
Following my breath for a minute.
Listening to a friend share how they were able to have a more peaceful experience with someone following them a little too close in traffic.
Walking to an appointment and thinking about so much good that has happened over the last 3 years.
Exchanging a smile having relaxed into patience with someone backing out of their driveway who didn’t seen me waiting to cross.
Not getting worked up when a project was going to take longer than expected for something I thought had been previously solved.
Appreciating the sound of trees rustling in the wind, going with the flow.
What everyday experience(s) of peace have you enjoyed today? Please share in the comments below.
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Happy World Gratitude Day! We are all connected by our very nature as human beings, the air we breath and our shared Earth home. Today is also International Peace Day. The Equinox was selected for World Gratitude Day by its founder Edna Fuerth Lemle as a symbol that we all matter and are needed, just as day and night are equal.
A path to world peace is similar to that for our personal relationships. Focus on things we appreciate about each other. When we feel appreciation, we don’t feel fear in that same moment. Appreciation and gratitude help put us in a vibration of love.Read More »
You are one in seven billion plus! You have unique gifts that only you can offer to help transform the world. It has been said that we can only love another to the extent we love ourselves. Finding specific gratitudes for ourselves helps cultivate self love.Read More »
Life in the Flow. When life seems to flow, we are aligned with the greater truth of who we are. From this place we have a basic trust that we matter in the world and that life is supporting us in our success. In the flow, we see a more objective and balanced reality that includes the goodness and beauty in life.
If we only pay attention to the news, however, we are bombarded by images and messages that life is hard. Looking for the places in our lives where things are flowing can be so important for balance and for our overall emotional and physical health.Read More »
Everyday Blessings. When I look at everyday blessings, all the ordinary things that went well each day, it helps begin to build basic trust. A habit of deep gratitude for ordinary things is powerful. It cultivates an expanded perspective. This bigger perspective provides an anchor to come back to when things feel overwhelming.
Write 5 ordinary things that went right today. To play all out, write 10 or creatively share some of them. When you’re done, notice how acknowledging them impacts you. Finish by expressing the experience of your gratitude sensation, insight or feeling. Receive the gift.Read More »
Unplanned benefits happen when we are present and receptive to what life has to offer. When things don’t go as planned, develop a habit for opening up to the opportunity present or possible. A plane flight gets cancelled and we receive kindness, synchronistic meetings and more. A high school sophomore gets cut from one sport team and goes on to being a star player in another sport. What comes to mind for you?
Write 5 gratitudes for the way things actually did happen differently than what you were expecting. To play all out, list 10 benefits or creatively share some of them. When you’re done, notice how this gratitude game impacts you. Finish by expressing the experience of your gratitude sensation, insight or feeling. Receive the gift.Read More »
What supports you in this moment? ( A bird singing in confirmation just as you announce a new choice; healthy food in the refrigerator; a coffee shop providing wifi and interesting clientele; showers provided at the beach; close by park for walking; flowers inspiring beauty and upliftment, someone willing to cover your shift when you need to take time off.) Pay attention to these in the the next week and notice whether the support grows, becomes more easily seen or leads to a new pathway of support.
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