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A Moment of Peace

Inner Peace Meditation, Embracing the Nature

Throughout human history there has been a desire for peace. When I was growing up I remember hearing conversations about praying for world peace frequently. In the age of information and technology, peace has become even more important and more elusive.

Most of us look for peace in the outside world. Many groups and communities, in person and on line, devote a specific day and time to praying for world peace. It seems that world peace is the primary goal. What if we look for peace within our community, or our home, or within ourselves? 

In order to create peace in the world, start creating peace within yourself. A few moments each day can make a big difference. If enough people on the planet feel peaceful enough of the time, perhaps the world will become a more peaceful place.

The best place to find peace is in nature. Studies have shown that being out in nature makes people feel better. Nature is naturally calming. Nature is everywhere around us. Even if you can’t get out in it, you can look out the window and watch the swaying of the trees or the fluttering of leaves as the wind blows, the clouds as they drift across the sky or the birds as they go about their day. It helps if you leave the phone at home or place it in the other room.

Another example is listening to peaceful music. Avoid music with words. Words often stimulate thoughts or emotions or both. Meditation music is a classic example. Listening to sounds of nature such as whale songs, the many songs of birds, sounds of the ocean waves or a babbling brook. Listen to a soundtrack of easy listening instrumental music of your favorite instrument or artist. 

A simple way to feel a moment of peace is to sit quietly, close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. This stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and your body naturally calms. Try to focus on your breath and not your thoughts, letting them drift by as clouds drift through the sky. 

There are many ways to create a few moments of peace throughout the day. Whatever way that you can, find a few moments of peace within yourself each day. Get creative! Perhaps we can collectively create peace in the world one person at a time.

Susan Duke