UpBeat Spiritual Living: What is Personal Peace? Part 3
© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved.
Parts 1 and 2 of this article are posted on July 1 and July 2.
Sometimes, a single image can take us directly to our inner peaceful core. Sometimes, a photo, an expression, a poem, or a song verse can help us shift from feeling stressed to feeling blessed and completely calm. Would you like to be experiencing more inner calm or serenity? What images, sounds, or experiences have you had that have taken you to greater calm? What phrases have meant much to you and inspired your heart? Why not make a commitment to yourself, now, to nurture your inner quiet each day?
When we have a deep core of peace within, we enjoy life more and get very different results from people and situations. A story with apparently mundane elements illustrates this crucial connection: a condo owner comes home one day to find 5 major shade trees missing from the common-area landscape in front of her unit. This doesn’t sound like a spiritual journey story, does it? Now the unit not only looks bare, but its value is reduced and the interior will be more expensive to cool during the summer. The condo owner at first feels devastated. She discovers the condo board had decided to remove trees that might interfere with the sidewalks. What are the condo owner’s options? The trees are already gone. Here is a spiritual decision point. She can hire a lawyer and sue for losses and restoration. She can go around complaining bitterly to the neighbors and all who will listen. She can organize a protest. Can you feel the stress and fatigue building up, considering these yang options?
How can she get what she really wants, which, she realizes, is a replacement tree in a strategic spot for shade? The condo owner prays for guidance and taps into her personal peace. Relaxed, at-ease, and centered, she goes to the next Board meeting to make her request. She pleasantly jokes to the Board about setting up a cappuccino stand outside her unit, with a couple of those cute little café tables and some of those Italian-espresso-brand umbrellas, for shade. She gets the Board members laughing, and they promptly approve a new tree, installing it just where she wants it days later. Today, four years later, the tree is taller than the condo, and it provides cooling shade for the condo and two parking spaces. Not only does the condo owner benefit from decreased cooling bills and increased beauty of her condo, but community members benefit from the shade. One apparently mundane and secular episode, handled from a core of peace within, led to Spirit-driven results that will yet increase with time.
The benefits of finding and growing your peace within are these: you enjoy it, you have more pleasant responses to stress, and you get better results from your health, people, Life, and the Universe. The more you cultivate your peace within, the more benefits you will reap. The more apparently secular and mundane moments you recognize as spiritual opportunities, the more you will practice and grow your peaceful inner core. Discover The Secret Energized You posed the question: “Life is an experiment: What tools will you use?” How much will you develop and use this most forgotten LifeToolsm of peace within? Yes, it’s up to you.
–Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core. She is also the author of the award-winning 2009 book, Discover The Secret Energized You (as Kebba Buckley).
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