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Peacefully Balanced Stones
Activities That Cultivate Peace Within
What is the most helpful way for you to find peace and balance in your life?
In Quest for Inner Peace and Balance Within
Finding peace within comes in the form of a "how to" question for most of us. We are in a constant search for inner peace which we hope will bring us emotional and mental stability, good physical health, harmony in our relationships, and balance in our lives.
Because we are exposed to so much noise and conflict around us, it is often difficult for us to attain and hold onto that inner peace within.
Even those of us who delve into our deeper realms of spirituality and faith, are at times lost in our search. We may find ourselves plagued with an inner turmoil that interrupts a peace which "passes all understanding."
It's not so much that we lose faith as it is an awareness of our vulnerabilities to weaknesses as human beings. Those human vulnerabilities can temporarily cause the comfort of peace to elude us. Our faith is strong but our bodies and souls are weak.
The following poem speaks to that inner struggle for peace and the desire to grasp and hold on to it, in the midst of distraction. It was inspired by the practice of tai chi and qi gong breathing, which over time, makes the state of being at peace and in balance more tangible and accessible.
Finding Peace Through Tai Chi
The central focus of tai chi and qi gong is the breath. Learning to cultivate proper breathing during the practice of martial arts, moves "chi" or energy where it needs to go in order to create good form and enhanced overall good health. Breathing long, deep, slow, and fine breaths maximizes your tai chi experience, producing a feeling of lightness and peace.
Stone Balancing is a Peaceful Artform
What is Peace?
- Freedom from war or civil disorder; harmony in human relationships; tranquility; quietness (The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, 1995)
- Peacetime; amity; friendship; harmony; concord; repose; quiescence; truce; neutrality (Roget's Thesaurus, 1985)
- A state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts and emotions (Merriam-Webster Ninth Edition Collegiate Dictionary, 1986)
[As we look to find "peace within," note that most definitions and descriptive words referring to "peace" include interaction with, or in relation to, another person or an event involving a group of people.]
"Reaching For Peace"
As I look for calm within
Distressing from the day
I reach for peace inside myself
An exhale and heartbeat away
The peace that lives within my heart
Is often hard to find
Caught up inside life's chaos
Stuck in my stressed out mind
To be centered is my goal
Clearing out the daily noise
Shutting out the din
Praying, breathing, standing still
I find my place of peace
The pathway to my heart is clear
Distractions will now cease
Peace is just a breath away
I get there at my will
With God's help, I pause and say
"Be calm, my heart, be still."
The Balance in Rhythm is Peaceful and Visually Appealing
Like the Stability of the Stone Structure, Inner Peace Emanates Grace and Serenity
How to Find Your Own Path to a Lifestyle of Inner Peace
As you journey on your individual paths for peace, look for that special activity that works best for you. Assess what it is you need, what you enjoy, and what will work best for you. Some prefer prayer, others meditation, and still others find a simple walk on a beach or through a meadow the most peaceful activity by which they can achieve inner peace.
Explore what works by trying something new, using self-help resources, or attending workshops. Perhaps a counselor or a spiritual leader can assist you with sorting out inner conflicts that interfere with your finding that path to peace.
Also consider being a part of a community people who engage in positive activities that will enhance a sense of purpose. For example, participating in outreach ministry, volunteer work, or performing acts of kindness that will make a difference in someone else's life. It has been shown that giving and helping others can add to feelings of happiness and inner peace. You will not only increase peace within yourself but you will spread peace to others.
Balancing Stones: Meditative Structures for Cultivating Inner Peace
Learn How to Meditate and Create a Lifestyle of Peace
- How to Meditate: Meditation Techniques, Benefits & Beginner's How-to | Gaiam Life
Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. Here is an introduction to the styles and benefits of regular practice, plus a lesson on how to meditate.
Take a Three-Minute Journey to Inner Peace . . .
© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans