Peace Peace Peace
The book The Yamas & Niyamas Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practices by Deborah Adele talks about the importance of coming from peace and balance. She says we need to live a life of peace not “mental violence.” To stop all the judging and learn to accept and be at harmony with ourselves, and thus, with the world.
This is easier said than done. Like you, I’m still a work in progress. My mind is always chattering, saying I’m imperfect, I’m unworthy, I’m unlovable, I should be doing this or that, and constantly telling me I’m flawed.
All our mind chatter is our egos which is impossible to entirely get rid of. The trick is, how to be at peace mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually when the ego pops her head forward into our lives.
Do we ignore our thoughts? Beat ourselves up for thinking the thoughts? Shame ourselves? Or do we let the thoughts pop in, notice, and gently let them go?
The sooner we can step back, observe them from afar, and let them go the sooner we can bring ourselves to be at peace.
I once took a class in contemplative practices and the teacher said that the way to do this is like watching a flock of birds. You see them coming, watch them flying, and observe them winging their way over your head. You don’t judge the bird for not flying fast as the others, or for being a certain color, do you? You just simply notice them flying, to what seems to us, without a care in the world.
The goal in life is to love and to be at peace no matter what is going on with ourselves, with our families, friends, and the external circumstances in our lives and the world around us.
I challenge you to notice your thoughts. See if you can let yourself be at peace. Like a gentle flock of birds, allow your thoughts to flow to you, through you, and from you.