We think of peace as a destination, a place we arrive at once we have fixed everything that is wrong with our lives. A quaint village far from the noisy city life or a life with no work deadlines and bosses. Being at peace seems like a utopian life we dream of but never seem to get closer to achieving.
But what if we are wrong? What if we can find peace wherever we are?
Peace does not mean to be in a place without chaos or trouble. These are the hard realities of life and we cannot escape them. Peace means to be centred – mentally, physically and emotionally – in the midst of all these things.
This is where having a list of small things that bring us peace can be handy. These can be memories, thoughts of a special someone or a special something that we are grateful for. For example, it can be a particular flower in your garden, the smile on your child’s face, browsing through your favourite photos on the phone or writing with your favourite pen. Nothing is too small or trivial because it is through these small moments of joy that we find peace.
The idea is to remove us from the chaos for a moment and help us find that centre, so we are able to think clearly and rationally.
To get you started in making your own, here are a few items from my “peace list”
- Looking at the moon
- Being in the presence of mountains
- Curled up in the corner of a couch with a book and a cup of hot chocolate
- Watching a rising or setting sun
So, the next time you are stressed and think you need to find peace, take 30 seconds to do something from your peace list. It always seems to work for me.
Let me know in the comments below, does it work for you?