I am getting in the habit of sharing with you every day. Don’t know how many of you are reading these posts, but I am enjoying writing again. I promise they won’t all be this free-form mind-dump kind of posts. I have some ideas (and some long-abandoned drafts) to share in the coming weeks and months. But for now I am just trying to get into the habit again and sometimes that means just opening the editor and see what comes out.
I always want to be encouraging here. But sometimes it’s really hard not to go a little negative when talking about the stuff going on in our governments and our churches and cities and even in our homes. The world seems out of control. And to be honest, for most of us, it really really is. I have no control over what the President of the United States does and says (tweets!) I have no control over the guy who admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl in front of his church and instead of being fired he was applauded. For breaking the law, he was given an ovation.
So what can I do? It all seems so hopeless.
I’m not going to lie, for a lot of that stuff, it really is hopeless.
But that’s not the point. The point is: How do I react to this pile of things?
I don’t have an over-all one-step fix. All I can do is speak from my experience.
And experience tells me this: Find peace. Create peace. Be at peace.
That sounds cliche’ and new-age-y, but it really is the best thing no matter what else you believe religious-wise.
(What does this have to do with Christianity and the teachings of Jesus? you might ask. Well, to be honest, I could probably put in a bunch of verses from the New Testament to support this position, but honestly, it’s how we’re built as human beings and I am speaking from my own experience, so take that as you like.)
Peace of mind. Peace in your heart. Peace in that inner being, your soul, that is your real self.
But Allen, how do you get there? What’s the formula? What should I do to get this peace?
Well, again, I’m not going to lie to you. It’s hard. It’s really hard and a lot of work to get true inner peace.
But it’s not the destination that is the important part, but the journey.
Before I get too far, let me clarify something…
I am more than fully aware that many of us, myself included, struggle with some very real mental health issues. And while we should still strive for inner peace, I understand that the way our brains are wired makes it hard sometimes. If this applies to you, I hope you are getting the medical attention you need, if not, please see your doctor right away.
That being said, it’s the journey, the attempt that matters. Even if you never get there, you will learn so much along the way.
So where to start?
My first, best suggestion is solitude. Not a lot, just a little. If you’re the praying or meditating type, you’re already on the right track. A few minutes, just to yourself. And if you’re praying or meditating then you’re already on your way! If not, if you don’t think you can pray or meditate, that’s OK. Just find a few minutes alone.
That’s the important part. At least to start with. No phone, no radio, no TV, silence. Or at least as quiet as you can get. If you have kids and pets and spouses it can be hard to get any real quiet, but as quiet as you can get.
I’m just off on a ramble now. We’ll talk more in the coming days, but let me throw this out to you – how do you seek inner peace? How do you achieve some quiet alone time in your life? How would you like to do those things?