Peace is a state of mind that when cultivated creates a vibrational environment of harmony. Peace is a powerful antidote for stress and aggression. Peace comes through choice, but takes root through a dedicated awareness. Peace transcends time and space making it a gift that speak about eternity.
Peace is reflecting that field of awareness that expands endlessly in all directions forgiving and quelling all that disturbs. It is a force that releases everything that suppress in favor of balanced harmony and equipoise. Peace is a freedom welcomed to be claimed by anyone. Peace persists through its presence.
True peace is rooted in equipoise, a state of graceful non-resistance. Peace is a powerful practice to cultivate. With a foundational sense of inner peace, outer challenges become places for solutions. This is because peace offers clarity and space to review perspective before decided action. When peace has found a home within, no outward conflict exists that can disrupt. Action follows peace resolved through a state of peaceful awareness without resistance.
Each choice, act, thought, deed, vision, sound and memory activates within us a state of understanding a deeper meaning being communicated. When we spend our time focused on peace, harmony or well-being, we cultivate our sensitivity towards this end. This focused awareness builds a vibrational frequency that attracts similar expressions to us. We activate peace, by cultivating an awareness of peace.
We often hear peace start with the individual. Perhaps, because peace must be a choice made by each person. When each of us makes peace a priority for ourselves. Peace prevails. It begins by making peace within our own lives, with past regrets, old wounds, or anything else that holding a sense of unresolved conflict. Claiming peace first for ourselves bring peace for others. Being able to hold others with a sense of our own inner peace creates a peaceful world.
Here are the Five Ways to Cultivate Inner Peace
Breathing: As simple as it sounds, breathing deep and long is the fastest way to calm down. In all sacred practices that involve prayers of intention, each teach that through the enhancement of added breath the prayer becomes activated. This teaches that through each breath, life is an offering. And when used with intention within prayer work it becomes a powerful force. Try this practice breathing: With every inhale mentally thinking, "Peace" and with every exhale, mentally thinking "Thank you". It has a surprisingly uplifting effect. It also helps to program the cells within the body with peace and gratitude while regulating the rhythm of breath to calm. Next time you find you're experiencing something other than a sense of peace. Check your breathing, active peacefulness by immediately taking a deliberate deep inhale and a slow exhale. It's interesting how even mild perceived stress can create a tensing within our breathing. Remember to breathe, deeply.
Centering: There are several ways to center oneself. In yoga, mudras are created using special hand positions thought to help channel energy in the body. Chin mudra as shown in the photo above, notice the hand has the thumb and index finger touching together as an example. Chin mudras is known as the wisdom mudra and is often used in meditation practices. It is thought to help center the mind for better focus. Sound can also be used to center our focus attention. By using a phrase or mantra that brings awareness back into the present moment. This allows a coming back into a heart-centered awareness with a feeling of being grounded and relaxed. It can be anything that when repeated activates a sense of peace. Traditionally, mantras were used to invoke instant inner peace. Prayers and powerful statement of intention will also work as a centering tool. Listening is equally effective. Here are some options: Om Shanti, Shanti (Shanti means peace in Sanskrit). Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu which translates into May all the beings in all the worlds become happy. May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).
Sleeping: Sleep is naturally peaceful and helps create a foundational harmony towards inner peace. Proper rest is essential to maintain proper health and inner balance. Without proper sleep our consciousness becomes strained and bristles from lack of rest. Making a habit of acquiring 8 or more hours of sleep a night will contribute to inner peace practice. Stabilizing sleep by removing all electronic devices, lights and noise from the sleeping space to enhance the circadian rhythm within the body. Listening to soothing sounds like the ocean or pink noise can be an effective way to deepen the sleep cycle. If needed, herbal remedies such as sleepy time tea can also be used to induce a relaxed state to sleep. Most importantly keep a stable sleep schedule. Retire and rise at a set time within your daily schedule. This repetition will be the most effective way to stabilize and build strong sleep patterns.
Environment: Our environment can have a strong influence over our experience of inner harmony. There are different ways to remedy a space to bring in more positive energy and increase the sense of harmony. The vibrational field within an environment can also be enhanced through the use of Feng Shui, or the art of harmony within an environment. This practice assesses the layout of the environment with the use of a bagua, cosmic map. The placement of objects or structural changes are often remedies used to honor this practice. Peaceful alignment within our environment can be created by clearing away clutter and creating beauty. Most importantly, the space encourages and reflects the sense of peace that is being cultivated within. Simple remedies would be decluttering, adding plants, light, crystals and visually creating a tranquil environment with objects of meaning.
Support: There are many ways we can gather support for our peaceful practice. Personal self-care is one way to sustain a peaceful mind-set as it mirrors the respect given to the body. Taking time to drink restorative teas or tinctures, eating a plant based diet will help bring harmony to the body and mind. Perhaps, incorporating supportive herbs for calming and soothing by utilizing aromatherapy to increase a sense of calmness. Baths, lotions, sprays and oils all have amazing applications that help to enhance peaceful awareness. Lavender, chamomile, rose, sandalwood, frankincense, and citrus are a few plant allies that have both calming and uplifting effects. Connecting with other like-minded peaceful people to encourage and develop strong shared networks that are dedicated to peace.
Advocating peace happens best when it is shared and shown through a lived practice that is cultivated daily as an art form. The art of living peacefully is a spiritual practice. For it is through a peaceful inner spirit that lived expression exposes true peace. To honor and respect all that is with the wisdom to balance differences with equaminity and graceful patience. Peace when the sun is shining and peace when the storm is brewing.
The value of peace is peace. It brings harmony, cooperation, opportunities and a way to navigate challenges. Practicing peace as a cultivated awareness begins with creating peace within ourselves and maintaining it within our environments. This creates a foundational wisdom that gives a specific perspective that favors peace. This enhances behavioral choices and effect personality development that evolves into a peaceful vibrational presence. Peace dwells with us. Where we go, peace goes. May peace be with you!