Dark clouds roil above
confusion and hurt below
acknowledging smile brings peace.
The title is a line from an Albert Hammond song.
photo provided by Leo Oras
the past creeps in quietly
inky blackness closes in
threatening my sanity
searching for tranquility
i find words to comfort me
my pigmented poetry
splashes color through the dark
~ Melanie Thomason
How does one find peace in daily life?
The short answer would be it is the only place one can find peace. We can’t live in the future or relive the past so there is only this one moment to decide if we want to be at peace. This of course is easy to write about but not so easy to live. If it was easy we would all live in peace. So what do I do to find peace?
My body may be “living” at this moment on the couch or on a walk in the woods. But I have found my daily peace does not depend on where my body is but rather where my mind exists. Having been disabled with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) a few years back — I rarely leave my house. The exposure to the toxic chemicals in synthetic fragrances makes me extremely ill. In our society there is virtually no where that I can go without being exposed.
My body resides in virtually the same place every day therefore my level of peace should be the same every day. And yet, it is not, because my thoughts determine my level of peace. It took me more than a half century to get this. For most of my life I focused on my body: height, weight, blood sugar levels, vitamins, vaccines, exercise, amount of sleep, clothes I wore, hair cuts, makeup, jewelry, level of body odor, tans, injuries, illnesses …. I spent very little time on my emotional or psychological well-being. Twisted ankles, flu, or concussions — I went to a doctor. OCD, panic attacks, or depression — I kept it to myself.
SPEND MORE TIME ON THE HEALTH OF MY MIND THAN ON THE HEATH OF MY BODY
This doesn’t mean to ignore my physical well-being. What I’ve found is if I shift the primary focus of my attention to my mind health then my body health improves as well. If I go for a walk to get in better physical shape then I tend to power though the walk so I get physical benefits but my mind is still tangled up over the trials of the day. If I go for a walk to clear my head then I find myself in a more peaceful state plus my blood pressure is down and I’ve built stronger muscles and I’m more energetic.
SO WHAT DO I DO FOR DAILY PEACE OF MIND?
READ aka A MIND and BODY VACATION — I read for curiosity and knowledge and humor and peace. Reading allows me to suspend the normal reality of bills and work and toxic chemicals and international strife. When I read I mentally, emotionally and physically become part of the story. I find peace in being able to imagine that I can go anywhere and be anyone I want.
MEDITATE — When I meditate it is pure peace. If I’m successful at meditating and I’m not always successful — all thoughts cease. There are no thoughts of rejection or humiliation or judgment or hostility or loneliness. There is just a peaceful silence.
WALK WITH NATURE — I deliberately did not say “walk in nature”. If you’re walking with nature then you have become one with your environment. The other living creatures will calmly welcome you into their space. It is difficult to be filled with anxiety when one is breathing in fresh air, listening to leaves rustle in the wind or watching birds flit about.
LET GO OF MY JUDGMENTS — I have found the quickest way to obliterate my peace is to judge others. This butterfly made no judgment against the fishermen that left this cup that had held worms laying on the ground.
These are some of the things I do to find peace each day. What brings you peace?