Peace. This most evocative word has many meanings. You may dream of world peace, the cessation or absence of war, and the freedom from civil disorder and dissension. But the feelings of hatred and violence all around create anxiety and it is easy to feel helpless. What to do in these situations that appear to be out of your control?
In fact, you are not helpless. You can manifest and create peace within yourself and around you.
Inner peace is a state of tranquility and harmony within the heart, which leads to acceptance, no matter what comes your way. And in creating peace with others in your relationships, you can reconcile differences and establish friendliness by connecting your heart with theirs. This radiates outward, creating a feeling of unity.
By using the power of intention, and practicing it every day with sincerity and feeling, you will create a new and peaceful reality for yourself. Here are three exercises that will help you manifest a state of equanimity and peace:
This practice removes emotional heaviness from your mind, bringing it back to its original peaceful state:
Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
Imagine that you are in a gentle ocean of peace.
The waves are soothing and blissful.
Have the firm thought that you are immersed in this ocean of peace, and the waves are removing all your coverings.
Do this for as long as you can, but no more than thirty minutes.
This is one of the fundamental Hatha Yoga poses, a simple practice of balancing on one leg, which has many health benefits, including bringing you to a state of peace as well as relaxing your mind and body.
Stand tall with your feet together in a relaxed and balanced pose.
Take a few deep breaths.
Bring your hands to the Namaste position at your center.
Start by lifting one leg, bending the knee, and placing your foot on the side of the calf of your other leg. Then with practice, gradually place your bent leg higher up so that your foot reaches the knee.
Focus on your breathing and remaining still as your mind and body relax.
Note, it can be physically challenging for hips and ankles, so be aware of your body’s capabilities and only do what is comfortable for you. If you need to place your foot on the ankle of your other leg, that is also okay.
I invite you to use any of these three intentions whenever you have a spare moment. Feel free to use your own words and create new peace intentions.
Among all people in the world
Let there be compassion
Let there be kindness
Let there be love
Let there be peace
Everything around you is absorbing peace,
including the sky, the oceans, the trees,
the people, the wildlife, the buildings –
and everything is radiating peace.
Everyone is becoming peaceful,
nurturing correct thinking,
right understanding, and
integrity of purpose.
“First, it is an intention.
Then a behavior.
Then a habit.
Then a practice.
Then a second nature.
Then it is simply who you are.”