“You must daily practice the habit of putting your mind at rest, “going into the silence,” as it is commonly called. This is a method of replacing a troubled thought with one of peace, a thought of weakness with one of strength.” ~James Allen …
Peace–the kind that resides deep within us that no one can take away–is not something one can just find, create, or purchase. It is something one must learn and practice daily. As James tells us, it is the habitual practice of “putting our mind at rest,” of ridding our minds of the “troubled thoughts and thoughts of weakness.”
Peace is such a wonderful thing. It cures ailments–physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It frees us, strengthens us, and empowers us. And apart from love, it is one of the greatest gifts that we can share with others. In all actuality, the two are very closely related–love without peace is often demanding, and peace without love is very shallow.
Peace is such a powerful force too. It avoids hatred, war, and turmoil, as it keeps us filled with love. With it, we have no need for worry, for it gives us strength, confidence, and assurance. In the Bible, we find that it is a supernatural peace–a spiritual completeness, an abundance of grace, an interior rest–when Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest . . . . you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
Peace is within us… and it can be shared and experienced with others. When I think about the qualities of individuals that I find most pleasing in my life, I notice that those who possess a greater sense of peace than others, is at the top of my list. Make it a priority of yours to find peace at the start of each day, and then share that peace with all those around you.
Take some time today to find a little peace in your life.
Questions to consider:
Are you aware of the peace that is within you? Do you find it each day?
What are some ways you can enhance and strengthen your inner peace?
Why might we sometimes search for peace outside of ourselves? Could this be a sign of internal distress or confusion?
For further thought:
“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will discover complete peace.” ~Achaan Chah