A lot of people are going to be on the move in America this week as they celebrate Thanksgiving.
Planes will be full. Roads and airports will be jammed.
People will be connecting with loved ones. Tummies will be filling with good food.
But there is one thing that won't be going anywhere this holiday season -- or any other time. And that is the beautiful, timeless peace at the core of your own being.
It's who you truly are -- the very source of authentic happiness and well-being. But how can we become more conscious of it? How can we say "yes" to the peace that is our true home and birthright in this world, as the Buddha learned many years ago?
Here are 7 suggestions to help you find greater peace in life.
How to say "yes" to peace
1. Put real value in silence.
Obviously silence in an external sense is not so easy to find in the world anymore. There certainly won't be a lot of silence in our nation's airports this week. But if we really want more peace in our lives it's critical to open our heart to silence -- both within ourselves, and beyond ourselves. And of course it's also critical to face any fear of silence that may arise in us.
2. Don't let thoughts dictate what you do
Our mind is a wonderful instrument, a marvelous creation, but sometimes it takes itself too seriously. It likes to think of itself as the manager of the universe. It likes to puff itself up and assume the role of a dictator. If you really want to find true peace keep an eye on your thoughts. They may be beautiful, helpful, and inspiring -- but they may not.
3. Love nature
Take time to love nature, and connect with nature. Nature has taken a lot of hits, particularly in recent generations. But it is still a friend, one of our best friends. It will keep on giving its gifts to us as long as it is able to do so, and one of those gifts is its ability to remind us of what is true and beautiful -- the unfailing rhythms of life.
4. Give your world a hug
Remember the power of a hug. I love hugs. In the right context, at the right time, with the right person, hugs are a sure route to peace and happiness -- not to mention healing.
So when my wife JoAnn came to me last night and said she'd like a hug, I didn't hesitate for a moment. I dived right in. What I didn't know at the time, because JoAnn didn't tell me, was that she had eaten something that didn't entirely agree with her, and was feeling a bit "quivery" in her tummy. This morning, when we woke up, she told me that right after the hug she'd had a wonderful sleep and her tummy was just fine.
5. Learn to change your mind and "let go"
When we cling to troublesome thoughts or feelings, whether present or past, we harm only ourselves.
We erect a barrier between ourselves and the peace that is natural to us. Learn to change your mind quickly and easily when it is your own peace and well-being that is really at stake. Learn, too, that it is quite safe to "let go" -- whatever is changeless and true in you or another person is never lost.
6. Be quick to forgive
Learn to forgive quickly. I suppose this is an add-on to number five really. But I have found the ability to forgive quickly is crucial to inner peace -- and comes very naturally when I cherish inner peace more than I cherish anything else.
7. Be patient with yourself
The profound peace that already exists at the core of your being is not going anywhere. It's who you truly are. It's the one thing you can never lose. It was there before you were born, physically speaking. And it will be there after you release your physical form and “die”, as it is put, to the world.
So be patient with yourself as you take whatever steps are necessary -- whatever steps your own inner wisdom shows you – on the path to a more perfect oneness and union with yourself.
Warm welcome to new subscribers
I want to express a warm welcome to the approximately 170 new subscribers who subscribed to my blog after reading a guest post that I wrote for Mary Jaksch, of Good Life Zen. It is wonderful to have you "on board."
The title of this guest post, by the way, is "How catastrophe can open a door to a new life." If you haven't seen it yet, please hop on over to Mary's blog and have a look.
Along with this welcome to new subscribers I also offer great thanks to Mary for her mentoring and for her kindness in inviting me to write a guest post for her blog.
Mary is cofounder, with Leo Babauta, of the A-List Blogger club, a marvelous community and resource dedicated to helping bloggers succeed in the fascinating realm called the blogosphere.
Also, please remember my free e-book, The Wisdom of Serenity: Reclaiming Authentic Happiness, is available now. Simply click the download button on this page.
Love and blessings to all, and if you have any thoughts or experiences on saying "yes" to inner peace please do share them.
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