The fall has arrived with all of its color and majesty.
There is a calling to go within and be ready for the upcoming months, enjoying shorter days while creating a space to hibernate in. We feel the need for longer periods of quiet and peacefulness and yet, life, business and, of course, the upcoming holidays often require a different level of energy output on a daily basis. The actual experience of peace can be fleeting at best.
Currently we can look at the outside world and find it in a state of seeming chaos or disorder. The desire to transform the situation from one of turmoil into one of peace is there; yet, we are often disappointed in our best attempts to do so, as our own anger or frustration gets added to the mix.
One reason for this is that we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer. Peace starts in our own minds and hearts, not outside of ourselves, and until its roots are firmly entrenched in our own selves, we cannot manifest it externally. The good news is that once we have found it within, we can share it with our family, our community, and the whole wide world.
For most of us, the first step is looking within and honestly evaluating the state of our own relationship to peacefulness. If we haven’t created a track record of finding a peaceful place in the midst of challenges, don’t expect to find it easily during the family gatherings over the holidays.
The good news is that people who manifest peace internally are not different from us; they have chattering thoughts and troubled emotions like we all do. The difference is that they do not give their energy fully to those thoughts and feelings allowing them to simply rise and fall like the waves of the ocean without disturbing the deeper waters of energy. We begin to see our thoughts and feelings as tiny objects on the surface that pose no threat to the deep interior stillness that is the source of peacefulness.
You may have already noticed that friends, family and colleagues show up regularly as who they are; how could it be any different? Expecting them to be anything but themselves is a set up for disappointment. You can still bring peace to any situation by practicing the art of choosing peace within.
Holding you in peace.