UpBeat Spiritual Living: Peace Within
© 2011 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved.
What is your level of personal peace?
In 1963, in the United States of America, the national mood was relatively peaceful. Then, in November, President John F. Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas, in front of many people. There was widespread shock and sadness. Individuals were jolted out of their sense of well-being. In schools, teachers went into the hallways and whispered to each other. Finally, the children were told why the teachers were whispering. Across the country, churches opened their sanctuaries for those who sought to process their pain, to find their peace within once more.
Almost 50 years later, life in the USA is mainly urban, busy, and noisy. People hold their cellphones and iPods close. Many live such a mental life and in such concentrated communication that they check and send email on a computer or phone while present in a live meeting. War, tsunamis, floods, fires, recessions and crowded populations erode people’s confidence that life is indeed good. People seek relief from worry, fear, and generic stress. They seek comfort, calm, serenity, relaxation, inner peace and “letting go”.
And well they should. The body/mind system craves what will help it. We know from medical studies that there are many benefits of managing stress through relaxation. The Mayo Clinic lists some of these as: slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, slowing breathing, increasing blood flow to major muscles, reducing muscle tension and chronic pain, improving concentration, reducing anger and frustration, and boosting confidence to handle problems. Several methods can help take a person to a state of relaxed serenity.
Personal peace may come in “transport moments”: looking at a newborn baby, or driving past a hidden brook’s footbridge in a wooded area. Riding in a car that comes into a sudden, beautiful view of a mountainscape, you may find your “breath taken away”. More peace may come when hiking a beautiful trail, watching the sun set over the ocean, or taking in the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Some like to read a novel that transports them to another place or time, or both. Avid readers say reading the right book can completely restore an anxious mood to one of well-being. Many have experienced an immediate mood shift from looking at a humorous or heartwarming picture or cartoon. So many enjoy this effect that the Internet ripples daily with numerous light-hearted and inspirational series of photos, cartoons, and witticisms with illustrations.
What are you doing to be sure you have personal peace? Notice. Journal. Post your discoveries here.
Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the new book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.