Peace is always right here. We just have to create space for it.Carol Tuttle
We are living through a catastrophic pandemic, cries for justice, economic devastation, and political unrest. This is our current state and I’m confident that good will come from this season. Let’s take a moment to pivot and focus on creating a little piece (or a lot) of peace in our lives.
It’s been awhile since I’ve watched the Miss America pageant (are they still around?). As a kid I’d laugh as each years participants were asked what social issue they’d tackle and someone always said, “World peace.” I must admit my laugh was probably more of a nervous laugh at the magnitude of the task.
Flash forward to 2020 and I am no longer that laughing kid, but an adult asking myself this very question. How can I bring peace into this world?
I thought it appropriate to start by recognizing the International Day of Peace. It is celebrated each year on September 21. This year’s theme is, “Shaping Peace Together”. I am a firm believer that in order to show up in the world peaceably we must first start with ourselves.
The medical and mental health communities have for years explored and promoted the benefits of positive thinking or “peaceful thinking,” as I like to call it. It reminds me to pay close attention to racing or negative thinking.
The Mayo Clinic reports the significant impact of creating a peaceful thinking space. Here are a few benefits of positive/peaceful thinking:
- Increased lifespan
- Lower rates of depression
- Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease (which as we know impacts women at alarming rates)
Let’s Address it
I hear you loud and clear, “How do I start addressing my negative thought life?” Awareness is critical and when coupled with action it can be life changing. Years ago I began taking an inventory of my negative thoughts or even quickly recording them on my phone. I soon learned that I was my biggest obstacle. Here are a few things I implemented:
- Replace a negative thought with a positive one; affirmations are great
- Removed negative people from my life (this is tough but necessary)
- Monitored what I read, watched, and yes ended my relationship with Facebook. I haven’t been on for about 7+ years now.
Now, that we have our minds moving in the right direction, let’s explore and create a space that supports our quest for peace. I remember years ago hearing Oprah say something along the lines of, “The inside of your purse can sometimes be an indication of how your life is going.” You could almost see the audience mentally scanning their purses. It was pretty funny. This principal could easily transfer to that closet, garage, or basement that needs attention. Clutter in fact robs us of peace and can be really draining. I mean just watch 5 minutes of, Hoarders.
Elizabeth Scott published an article for, Very Well Mind and shares that, “Maintaining an uncluttered, peaceful home can make you feel more energetic and relaxed at the same time.” I don’t know about you but finding the motivation can be a big obstacle. Here’s how I started creating peace in my closet.
- Get playlist ready to sing your way through
- Take an inventory of your closet
- Purge by making 3 piles keep, donate, & trash.
- Invest in a few closet organizers. Don’t spend too much money and repurpose organizers left from the great purge.
Consider doing the same with a space in your sanctuary that is your place to unwind and just BE at peace. I remember designating a corner in my apartment with a comfy chair, tiny bookshelf, a plant, and aromatherapy. This sacred space gave me much joy and peace. Saturday morning coffee, mediation, and quiet recharged my battery.
We can’t give to others what you don’t have. If we want to sow peace we must possess peace ourselves. So, establish yourself in peace and let’s unite to shape peace together.
Your Wellness Warrior!