Bringing Peace Into Our Life – Spirituality Corner
by Linn Possell,
PAC Speaker and Mentor
What is peace anyway? The dictionary states that the noun peace means freedom from disturbance, in other words, peace is tranquility. But does this mean that if we have difficulties in our life, we cannot also have peace? Peace is not the absence of pain; it is not the absence of strife or hardships. Peace, rather, is what we do in these times and where we put our focus and intention for our life. Peace comes from creating a life that frees us from strife.
A 6th century Chinese Philosopher said:
If we are to have peace in the world,
We must have peace in the nation.
If we are to have peace in the nation,
We must have peace in the cities.
If we are to have peace in the cities,
We must have peace in the neighborhoods.
If we are to have peace in the neighborhoods,
We must have peace in the home.
If we are to have peace in the home,
We must have peace in the heart.
When dementia comes into our family or into our life, we can be thrown off balance and feel as if we have lost our sense of peace. Our life can become filled with things that make us frustrated and afraid. We want things to be different, we want things to be what we either have imagined or hoped for. When we experience these things in our life, it is important that we make room for peace. Creating space for peace is far from an easy task. It requires intentional work, but it is important to open the space in our life for peace to enter. Here are some ways to help bring peace back into your life.
- Imagine what peace feels like and place it at your heart center.
- Let this feeling ground you and become the center of your being.
- Let go of what is not possible and look for what is possible.
- Send peace out to those around you.