WHAT’S NEXT? | Benefits of Peace
“Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon is a good theme song for this article. When you make peace your top priority you are well on your way to a new experience of life. Gone will be the chaos and disappointments you may have been experiencing in your life.
The simplest way I can explain what peace means to me is a lack of conscious thought. Sure you may still be thinking, however it is not as guided as you typically experience when you are trying to figure something out. Do you see the difference? A thought can come to you and leave without you having to give it any energy.
I really enjoy spending time out in nature for a number of reasons. Some of the reasons are the scenery, the fresh air and relaxed atmosphere to name a few. When I am looking for peace, either when meditating or hiking while in nature the typical thoughts which come to me are things that do not create a negative thought or emotion. For example the sight of a bird or the sounds of a nearby stream are just pleasant things.
In your everyday life you have to deal with thoughts about your bills, relationship or health issues these types of thoughts tend to bring up negative emotional energy.
As you learn how to shift to a more positive or peaceful state of mind you will begin to look at these same negative thoughts from a place of observation instead of attaching the emotional connection to the thought.
You will see your level of peace go up in a direct correlation to the amount of energy you attach to your thoughts. This is why meditation and other forms of slowing down your thoughts are so beneficial to you.
Mediation does not have to be about the lack of thoughts as much as it is about focusing instead on something neutral, for instance your breathing. There are plenty of breathing techniques which have you count or otherwise think about your breath. Mediation is still one of the easiest and most effective ways you can bring peace into your life. It is also the best recognized based on the number of different ways you can meditate.
You really have one of two choices, you can choose chaos and all it brings you or you can choose peace and enjoy all of its benefits. I realize the choice should be an easy one; however it will take regular effort to make the changes necessary to bring more peace to into your life.