Lis­ten to your heart to find peace of mind

Well­be­ing & Med­i­ta­tion

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - CALODAGH MCCUMISKEY’S

PEACE has many levels – and can mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

‘I just want to sit down ‘in peace’’ – means I want to sit free from dis­tur­bance .. from what­ever is dis­turb­ing me.

If you look at the the­saurus, there are 579 antonyms or words that are the op­po­site of peace in it. This cov­ers ev­ery­thing from war to con­flict, ha­tred, un­rest, ag­i­ta­tion, pain, agony and anger and more than 570 other feel­ings.

As hu­man be­ings we can al­low so many things to dis­turb our peace. There are four ba­sic emo­tions – fear, hap­pi­ness, sad­ness or anger. Any­thing that ac­ti­vates our sad­ness, anger or fear can dis­turb our peace.

We can reach peace in many ways. Peace comes when we stop think­ing thoughts that dis­turb us. It also happens when we reach inner har­mony through med­i­ta­tion or re­lax­ation prac­tices.

In life, it happens when what we think feel say and do are broadly in har­mony. It happens when we are be­ing true to our­selves in how we live and liv­ing ac­cord­ing to what is im­por­tant to us and what we value and be­lieve.

Peace is a dy­namic state. A lot that needs to happen to bring it into your life con­sis­tently.

As a place, we can all visit and ex­pe­ri­ence peace. We can visit a dis­tur­bance-free zone in our minds and hearts when we calm our thoughts or con­nect with some­thing that frees us from what is both­er­ing us. When we en­gage in things that ex­cite us or do things we love do­ing, the hap­pi­ness we feel, of­ten over­rides feel­ings of inner ag­i­ta­tion. Watch­ing the re­cent Wex­ford matches are great ex­am­ples.

For any of us liv­ing busy lives – which is most of us these days – the pur­suit of peace poses a challenge. We may not be ‘happy’ about ev­ery­thing that goes on around us in our daily lives. When

things happen, if we want to be peace­ful, it means we have to look at them and change some­thing.

Here are a few quotes that I feel give a lot of in­spi­ra­tion and guid­ance for how we can ex­pe­ri­ence more peace in daily life.

“Love and peace of mind do pro­tect us. They al­low us to over­come the problems that life hands us. They teach us to sur­vive… to live now… to have the courage to con­front each day.” —Bernie Siegel

Be­ing peace­ful re­quires daily courage. It chal­lenges us to ad­dress sit­u­a­tions on a daily ba­sis as they come up. Some­times that means we have to look deep within and let things go. It may mean we have to take ac­tion and in oth­ers, it may challenge us to have a con­ver­sa­tion or even change our view­point. All of these take courage and ef­fort and some­times a lot of inner work.

“Peace is the re­sult of re­train­ing your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” —Wayne W. Dyer

Louise Hay had a great line. She said: ‘never should on any­one’. We of­ten have a lot of ‘shoulds’ and when life does not match up we feel ag­i­tated. When we ac­cept things as they are, we make it pos­si­ble to change them.

“You’ll never find peace of mind un­til you lis­ten to your heart.” —George Michael

This is very pow­er­ful. Spend­ing time on what is im­por­tant to you and be­ing true to you in that is key to inner peace. Only your heart can tell you that.

Calodagh McCumiskey de­signs and de­liv­ers be­spoke well­be­ing at work pro­grammes to grow peo­ple and com­pa­nies. She also of­fers reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion classes, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment work­shops and well­be­ing con­sul­ta­tions to help peo­ple thrive 053 9140655 | [email protected]­i­tualearth.com | www.spir­i­tualearth.com

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