In search of inner peace
I have to admit that sometimes I find it difficult to find peace. I'm not talking about "peace that goes far beyond understanding" (Philippians 4,7 New Geneva translation). When I think of such peace, I imagine a child calming God in the middle of the raging storm. I am thinking of difficult tests in which the belief muscles are trained to the point where the endorphins (body's own happiness hormones) of "peace" with their effect. I think of crises that change our perspective and force us to reevaluate the most important things in life and to be thankful for them. When such events happen, I know that I have no control over how they end. Even though they stir up the innermost, it is simply better to leave such things to God.
I am talking about “everyday” peace, which some may call peace of mind or inner peace. As the famous philosopher Anonymus once said: «It is not the mountains in front of you that are bothering you. It is the grain of sand in your shoe ». Here are some of my grains of sand: worrying thoughts that overwhelm me, being worried without having a reason to think the worst rather than the best of others to turn a mosquito into an elephant; lose my orientation, i get upset because something doesn't suit me. I want to hit people who are ruthless, tactless or annoying.
Inner peace is called the calm of order (Augustine: tranquillitas ordinis). If this is true, there can be no peace where there is no social order. Unfortunately, we often lack order in life. Life is usually chaotic, arduous and stressful. Some seek peace and get out of hand by drinking, using drugs, piling up money, buying things, or eating. There are many areas of my life that I have no control over. However, by trying to do some of the following exercises in my life, I can gain some peace of mind even where I lack control.
- I take care of my own affairs.
- I forgive others and myself.
- I forget the past and go on!
- I'm not overwhelmed. I'm learning "No!" accept.
- I'm happy for others. Do not envy them.
- I accept what can not be changed.
- I am learning to be patient and / or tolerant.
- I look at my blessings and am grateful.
- I choose friends wisely and stay away from negative people.
- I do not take everything personally.
- I simplify my life. I eliminate clutter.
- I'm learning to laugh.
- I make my life slower. I find a quiet time.
- I am doing something nice for someone else.
- I think before I speak.
This is easier said than done. It will probably be that if I do not do the above under stress, then I have no one else to blame except myself. Often I'm upset with others when I'm the one who does Problem could have avoided and can lead to a good solution.
I consider: Ultimately, all peace comes from God - peace that goes far beyond all understanding and inner peace. Without a relationship with God we will never find true peace. God gives his peace to those who trust him (Joh14,27) and who rely on him (Isaiah 26,3) so that they don't have to worry about anything (Philippians 4,6). Until we are united with God, people search in vain for peace (Jer 6,14).
I see, I should listen more to God's voice and be less upset - and stay far away from reckless, tactless or annoying people.
A thought at the end
Who puts you in trouble controls you. Do not let others steal your inner peace. Live in the peace of God.
by Barbara Dahlgren