The International Day of Peace was created as a way to end conflict for a day (and build on that) each year. Click here for more about its history and potential events near you.
As we hover on the brink of yet another war and all the devastation that entails, think about ways you can bring more peace into your life. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1) Think about the people you’re in conflict with (neighbours? Your children? Partner?). We can’t change anyone else’s behaviour but by focusing on being more of a peaceful presence ourselves, we can stop pouring gas on an already (potentially out of control) fire by dialling back our own contributing behaviour.
2) When do you feel least peaceful? Who are you with? What are you doing? What are you thinking about? Notice your triggers and take steps to take better care of yourself so you’re less likely to go to that angry place unconsciously.
3) When do you feel MOST peaceful? Who are you typically with? Are you alone? What are you doing? What are you thinking about? Notice your peace triggers and do as much of THESE things as possible.
4) What foods and drinks contribute your feeling peaceful and kinder towards yourself and others?
5) What foods and drinks leave you feeling angsty and irritable? Noticing these can help you limit them (if not cut them out completely) so you at least avoid them during times you’ll be spending doing unavoidable things that contribute to your feeling less peaceful than you might like.
6) What activities help you release some of those stress hormones? Apart from absolutely loving swimming (and yoga, obviously and cycling), I find that when I’m out of sorts, I can swim more purposefully and really transform my mood (or do more Sun Salutations or pedal faster) – for you it might be running or kickboxing or whatever.
7) Which activities do you notice build UP such stress hormones (sitting in a meeting at work?). They won’t ALL be avoidable but even noticing they’re coming up means you can build in some down time around them.
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9) When you watch the news or read newspapers, feeling overwhelmed and anxious about horrors around the globe, pause. Ask yourself what YOU need in that moment. Getting swept up in others’ devastation is unlikely to leave you feeling particularly resourceful but by taking a little time out, you might come up with some practical ideas to influence positive change / do something for the affected area. Even if you can’t think of anything, you might find that sending some metta (Loving Kindness) to affected people and areas allows you to release clogged up feelings of fear and move back into your own life with more peace, purpose and compassion for yourself and everyone else.
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