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Choosing Peace in Every Moment

Updated on November 30, 2012

We have the choice in every moment to consciously choose peace in our lives, or remain off center and in the midst of drama. The opportunity to embrace peace steers us towards a more balanced and revered life. Looking at things in a positive way brings in more positive energies and helps us maintain a focus on what is appreciated, rather than what is lacking in our lives.

Many spiritual teachers have articulated this idea in their teachings and acted as agents of tranquility in their very action and word. India's leader Jawaharlal Nehru once said " Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."

Peace is indeed a state of mind. It is realizing that you reflect that which you think on a daily basis. If you are unsettled, confused, lost or unsure your energies are scattered and full of worry. One cannot worry and be peaceful. One cannot be filled with fear either. Release offers a person the ability to see a thing more clearly, as though from a higher perspective, instead of a short sighted view. To know that all will happen for the highest good of all involved can be the best possible way to view a situation.

Thomas a Kempis believed that "First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others." His sense that we must first change ourselves is a lesson worth repeating. Since we all are the reflection of our own thoughts and beliefs, being peaceful fosters peace in others essence as well. For peace is not a season, not something to be found out "there" in the world. Peace comes from within dwelling within our hearts and radiating through us when we realize it is a feeling we can share.

There is so much heartache in the world that could be quelled if we could but choose peace at every moment in our lives. For in the silence of the moment we become aware of our own power and allow it to encompass the crowd, and the effect of a peaceful exchange can transcend all other negativity, bringing us into alignment with our soul's purpose and forever reminding us that it is our legacy to share with all who surround us on and in the walk of our lives.

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    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Ah yes, this is true. But do they know they can choose to be peaceful? They rarely take the time to notice, life is what we make it and we are the products or the victims of our own limited thinking....

      Thanks!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Choosing peace is only possible for those who want peace. There are those who thrive on confusion and drama and are to be avoided lest you get caught up in their world!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks to all...it is a work in progress for many of us!

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A positive reflection Aley;)

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      Sabrae 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Love the opening paragraph. Because it is so true. I get tested on this almost every night at work. I have to remind myself that when I'm feeling cranky and overwhelmed with customers that I just need to smile and try to stay positive. And it usually does the trick.

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      Lovely words, Aley! We all generalise about peace on earth but few of us actually make the effort to find it in our own lives.

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