“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.”
On this, the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when the world is still in desperate need of peace, I thought a tribute to peace would be appropriate. Embarking upon the writing process, though, I realize I have no unique theories to add to the topic. Teachers, sages, and mystics since the dawning of time have spoken, quite eloquently, on peace. I leave you with the works of Gandhi, Jesus, the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amma, or any number of random authors in the New Age section of the bookstore, to be your philosophical guides. What I offer, instead, are some practical ways to tap into the wellsprings of peace within ourselves.
Ways to Cultivate Peace Within Ourselves
Massage & Bodywork: Oftentimes, a client will arrive for a massage, completely stressed out, agitated, rushed, or reactive. Yet by the time the massage is over, the client is in a state of peaceful bliss. There is something profound about being still and entering back into our bodies, that allows us to access those places of peace within. Our bodies want to go to that space– our bodies want to be in a harmonious state. When our minds are in a place of peace, our bodies function more peacefully and healthfully. The various rhythms, hormones, and systems work in holistic harmony with one another, and our sense of peace and joy increases.
Peaceful Intentions: I recently learned a sweet little ritual from a dear client of mine. This client wrote in black permanent markers on her socks, words like “Peace,” “Love,” “Joy,” etc. Then, every morning, as she preps for the day and slips her socks on her feet, she invites herself to walk on this earth with peace, love, and joy. What a beautiful and intentional way to cultivate peace!
Meditation and Contemplation: In our face-paced society, there is great need to slow down, breathe, and enter again into “this moment.” There we find that this moment, is beautiful and full of peace. By meditating, we expand within ourselves those places of peace and compassion, and as we go about our day, we are able to access those wellsprings with greater ease. There are numerous meditation methods for
accessing this space of peace, yet it can be as simple as intentionally resting between two deep breaths. Give it a try.
Shadow Work: There exists within us, the capacity for all things. We each have the potential for the full spectrum of all “goods” and all “evils.” Many of these pieces of ourselves, though, are hidden in the darkness of our “shadow selves.” Sometimes, we unknowingly act out of our shadow. We’ve all likely done something after which we’ve confessed, “I don’t know what came over me, I would never do that!” That’s our shadow at play. By working intentionally to bring those shadow pieces of ourselves into the light, we can incorporate them into our Whole Self. Then we can call upon the traits of our full being, in ways that promote compassion and peace. To learn more, check out “Owning Your Shadow” by Robert Johnson or the “Shadow Dance” by David Richo.
Peace and Justice Work: There’s that great ‘bumper-sticker’ quote by Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” By working to heal the injustices and suffering in the world, we heal the injustices and suffering in ourselves, and greater peace is obtained.
May the well-springs of peace bubble-up from deep within you, and may you know and trust that peace abounds!
Contact Info: Adonna Rometo, PhD, LMT Moonbeam Therapies, LLC 111B Edith Blvd SE Albuquerque, NM 87102 520-245-1847 www.moonbeamtherapies.com