Keeping the Peace
Peace doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Some of you may be in the midst of Christmas chaos. Family gatherings can be very stressful, and it can take effort and self-control to be generous and accepting. Or maybe you are overwhelmed with all the preparations and expense of celebrating the holiday the way you—or others—think it should be done.
This is the time to access some inner peace. Even if you’ve made meditation a daily habit, it can be hard to find the peacefulness you seek. If that’s the case, try to shut yourself in a quiet room for a few minutes. Close your eyes and focus on finding slow, smooth breath cycles. Be kind to yourself so you can be kind to others.
This is the time to remind yourself of namaste. Try to see the goodness in everyone. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Go out of your way to find common ground.
Another technique that I’ve found to be particularly helpful is to remind myself to not take things personally. Thoughtless comments or actions by other people are not about me. They’re about how they feel. I can be sympathetic or respond with compassion, but I don’t need to become part of the drama. Using affirmations and positive self-talk helps me overcome negativity around me. This can also help me become more aware of the energy that I’m projecting into a space and of the words I use.
Whatever your week includes, may you find calm in your heart, and patience with yourself and others. May your efforts to live out namaste and peacefulness be a light that others want to follow. Wishing you the peace and joy that are the hallmarks of this season.