The past few weeks I’ve had some heavy situations on my mind and shoulders. Dates on my calendar that I’m not exactly looking forward to. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, It can be a bit stressful awaiting a win/lose decision or a crucial conversation. With these burdens cluttered in the back of our minds, it can be very hard to focus on daily tasks. For me, work, family, and creativity all take a loss in attention because I get so caught up in the outcome of these future situations. Stress & Anxiety 🙁
As I drove to work last Monday listening to Spotify radio, my Jim Rohn station detoured to an unfamiliar speaker. I was initially compelled to skip in search of my usual rotation but something told me to wait. I was being introduced to a chapter by Eckhart Tolle, titled Gateway to Acceptance. Have you heard of Eckhart Tolle? He’s featured on the Soul Series with Oprah Winfrey. She refers to him as a “Prophet.” Well the message of the chapter was Peace through Acceptance. It came right on time for me and low key I’ve been practicing what I learned ever since.Achieving and maintaining Peace is a never ending battle. What I learned from Mr. Tolle is profound and it inspired me to create a “Peace” list that applies to the “Here & Now.”
5 behaviors that will bring you more Peace
Stop obsessing yourself with negative news.
- There’s a lot going on in the world and a lot going on in your life. Some is good, some is bad. None of it is perfect. The majority of your peace will come from what you decide to focus on. Focus on the good? “Life is good.” Focus on the bad? “Life sucks.” Put it like this, for every bad story there is an equally as good story that just isn’t getting enough attention.
Cut your ties from disruptive people.
- Whether it’s intentional or human nature, the last thing you need is to hang around the people that work your everlasting nerves. There is a level of peace in accepting people for who they are and working with them, but sometimes staying “in your zone” is easier when you stay away from THEM.
Let go of the belief that fulfillment resides in the end result.
- The Journey is better than the end result. The destination is simply a direction in which you’re headed. The journey is where you become who you wanted to be all along. In this very moment, you are becoming more of who you are meant to be. I find peace in that.
Stop measuring success by material wealth.
- Social Media bombards us with images of stuff, with the implication that this stuff somehow elevates personal value or success. It really doesn’t. Success, happiness, and inner peace have little to do with STUFF. Things worth more than STUFF: To laugh often and love genuinely. To respect others and judge less. To win the affection and sincere smiles of children. To earn the regard of honest peers and endure the betrayal of fake friends. To appreciate the beauty surrounding you wherever you are. To find the good in people and situations. To give what you can and leave the world a little better than you found it. To have explored ideas and passions and done ratchet thangs with your frannss lol. To know that at least one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That’s a peace worth more than STUFF.
Find the Gateway to Acceptance.
- “It is… what it is.” Accept that you are where you are today because of the decisions you made in your yesteday’s. Learn to forgive people for the apology you never received. Understand that change is an inside job, so you’ll never be able to MAKE someone do anything peacefully. Accept that your challenges are necessary for your testimony and God is simply giving you what you need practice in. “It is… what it is.”
This video will go more in depth with Tolle’s teachings, I hope this week brings you Peace…