2006-06-02 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

Maintaining inner peace is different for us all. For some people denial or keeping busy works. For others, seeing life through rose-colored glasses so it's the way that one likes it, keeps one happy. Perhaps relationships, education, large bank accounts, or beauty keep one going for a while. Spiritually, there is very little security in life except the trust and faith in ourselves and God/Universe.

Everything changes and so as transitions occur over which we have no control, we think we want to make a decision, but it is not ours to make. Sometimes we have to wait with awareness. We can test out alternatives in the meantime, but often things require patience to let life unfold.

Besides knowing that there is a time to act and a time to wait led by my instincts, inner peace often requires the recognition that others have had different experiences in life and see events and people differently than I do. The more I can let go of my script, the happier I will be. It's so good to be pleasantly surprised rather than keeping an idea of how things should be and then being disappointed or resentful when I don't have what I want.

Inner peace often requires a cessation of worrying or frustrated thoughts that may be going around and around in my head. When I know that I am upset because I can't see what will happen, I can say stop to myself and start doing deep breathing and keep a beautiful energy in the forefront of my mind. Just by being aware that the thoughts can be stopped, peace already comes in. I realize I am separate from my thoughts.

Inner peace often happens when I keep the big picture of my life in mind. I know that my whole life will go by in the blink of an eye. My reactions to things or my fears, for example, are not who I am. I am a beautiful spirit going through many different experiences. I can watch myself going through the motions of my actions while I am doing them.

Life is filled with many opportunities to help us feel insecure so we can grow from that lesson.

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