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We try a variety of methods to bring peace into our lives as an antidote to the unbridled stress that wreaks havoc in our lives.
One way we try to do this is to reach out into the external situations of our lives, as if all we have to do is place ourselves in the right peaceful conditions, in order to have peace on the internal part of us. If only it were that easy.
How many of us try to condition others so that our lives will be easier?
This conditioning can also be called manipulation. Have we ever been manipulated by others so that they get their desired result from us? Have we ever manipulated others so that they will do what we want them to do?
All of these tactics are warped behavior modifications. They do work to some extent, as long as others play along in the same game.
But these methods are usually short lived, and tend to blow up in our faces. No one likes to be manipulated.
To get at the root cause of the problem, we need to focus on our internal process. This is also the same solution for those of us who desire a stronger meditation or prayer life. Rather than trying to find the right church, the right club, or the right group of social friends, for example, will will make more progress if we take some quiet time, go within, and connect with Divine Source.
I am not saying we don’t need external support systems. But often we spin our wheels “out there,” and come back exhausted and worn out. There is an expression that fits this point:
“If we don’t go within, we go without.”
While it is good to know what our stressors are and know how to avoid them, nothing takes the place of growing an interior life. We will grow in peacefulness, serenity and tranquility when we take at least 15 minutes a day for some time apart, just for us. Think of it as your oasis of peace.
Take a walk, jog, saunter or sit in nature using your five senses. Each time your mind wanders to the problems of the day, remind yourself of your mission for this 15-20 minute quiet time. Bring yourself back to finding the most beautiful site, the most beautiful sound, the most beautiful smell, the most beautiful touch, and the most beautiful taste, which might be a refreshing glass of lemonade when you get back. Find the wonder. Look for it. Let all other thoughts float on by. Find the amazing wonder of the moment.
It is not selfish to take care of the self. We are the temple of Divine breath walking on this planet, touching the lives of others, healing them with our love and tenderness. We cannot do this if we have abused ourselves by not taking very good care of us.