The purpose of discussing peace this month is to help us realize that we all have access to it in our lives in each moment that we are here on this earth. Some moments are more challenging than others, and I find comfort in knowing that everyone experiences that. So when things get rough and you start to feel like a victim or weak, and that peace is out of reach, know that you are not alone in feeling that way or facing difficult times. We all have a choice to feel peace in the moment, and remember that can be empowering.
If, rather than resisting the challenge of finding peace, we embrace it and allow ourselves to be vulnerable in our pursuit of peace, perhaps we could see that dissolving the preconceptions of perfection that we believe are the requirements of peace is the actual path itself. That may not happen the first, second or even 10th time we try it, but practice is what will help us get there and ultimately, practice is what makes the master.
We asked everyone a two part question, the first being "what does peace mean to you?"Above you will see the responses we received. The top answers were acceptance, being in the moment, happiness and being yourself. For me personally, I find peace when I trust myself, practice self-compassion and let myself be free to be me. It is interesting how most of us want that same thing. The second part of the question was, "how do you find peace in the moment?" We received some great answers and here are some of our favorites that may resonate with you as well:
"Grab a piece of paper and start to draw."
-Diya, 7 years old
"Play with my friends and drawing."
-Aliyah, 6 years old
"I would say that yoga, hiking, listening to zen music and reading all bring me peace in the moment."
-Shahla, 31 years old
"I breathe and think of what I am experiencing from each of my five senses."
-Jordan, 35 years old
"I feel peaceful when I am in nature with the trees, flowers, sunrise, sunset and ocean. A child's tenderness also gives me peace."
-Blanca, 60 years old
In our first blog of the month, we spoke about peace being the path instead of a perfect destination that we can one day, maybe, experience. I shared ways that I find peace in the moment and how that process can in turn help us find gratitude for the simple things we are blessed with in life. In the second blog, I shared how peace begins with each individual and how, with all the sad things that can happen in the world, we must start within to find connection and love within ourselves and others in order to find it in our world. In the third blog, our Co-Author/Illustrator shared that we are the ones that build barriers in our minds, thinking we have to live perfectly and/or be perfect in order to have peace, happiness and success.
All three blogs come back to this simple equation: Practice + Patience = Peace. Now, don't get me wrong. When I say "simple equation" I don't mean that it feels easy to implement this in your daily life off the bat. In the beginning, it may feel difficult and frustrating and maybe even ridiculous, but know that what you are feeling is completely normal. Just like building any new habit, it takes time to find more peace in your moments then stress. But if you want to get there, you have to practice and have patience with yourself through all the ups and downs. Like Saint Francis De Sales said,"Have patience with all things, but first of all, with yourself."
Being kind to ourselves and living in the moment as authentically as we can, flaws and all, is what leads to real peace. That is peace that no one can take away from us, a peace that can serve as an inspiration to others as well. Being a positive and real example for our future generations will show them it's okay to be imperfect and vulnerable, and that their power to choose how they live is what will change our world. It does start with children, so we have to start with the little child inside us and show our children so that they can show theirs and slowly but surely change the world!
We hope our blogs this month have helped you welcome some peace into your moments and given you the chance to share your experience with your children and other loved ones. Hope your journeys are filled with all that you need to become aware of your blessings, joy and peace in the moment and live the life you were meant to live.
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