In these times of technological advancement there seem to be countless distractions that lead us away from living in peace and harmony with others.
These forms of toxicity don’t just derive from what we see on TV or the internet, but the chaotic thoughts and harsh words we have been conditioned to see as truth—from ourselves as well as others.
The mind is one of the most powerful aspects of our existence. Knowing this, the “self” or the “soul Being” can ultimately be dominated by the mind if one is not fully aware of this.
So, how can we keep our minds and bodies at ease in a chaotic world? To begin, the purest essence of peace and happiness has to come from the heart, from within. To eliminate the inner turmoil we must focus our attention inward and act with loving kindness to ourselves – and each other. From having a good heart with loving kindness, negative action cannot arise.
Many challenges with this can arise when we are not present. Being “present” is not only living in the present moment, but knowing that although one’s soul can co-exist with the body and mind, the soul is indeed separate. The ego, the mind’s creation, becomes present when we react to the ignorance of another. When we can respond to more and more situations without reacting, we become more conscious to what (and whom) we surround ourselves with. Reaction comes from a weakened, conditioned mind.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, within all of us is a place of stillness. Though the process seems at times unattainable, to be at peace with oneself and others is one of the most selfless acts we as human beings can bestow on humanity.
As chaotic as our worlds may be, we deserve to take that precious time for ourselves to feel grounded and present—through prayer, meditation or anything else that connects you with the Being you really are. It will always be our right to do so.
How have you been able to find peace in this world? I’d love to read your comments below.