These are days that are full of stress. World events are frightening. The economy is tough. There is never enough time in a day to get everything done. As I go through each day, I have to find a way to find peace. I can find it in the beauty and grace I see in the world. Sometimes, though, peace is hard to come by on the outside. I have to be able to have peace inside myself. Those are times when this thought conditioner can be helpful:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. —John 14:27
When I have a stressful day at work, or when traffic is bad, or when the atmosphere in our home is tense, or when I am overwhelmed by the events of the day, I love to repeat the words of this scripture to myself. Breathing deeply and saying these words takes away my stress. I can feel myself relaxing as the words become part of me.
These words remind me that I do not have to be affected by the events occurring around me. The world can go crazy and I can still remain peaceful. Stress can swirl around me, but I do not have to get sucked into the vortex. I need to stay grounded in the peace that comes from a divine source, from the heart of the creator who loves me so much. Peace is a gift and I just have to accept it.
This is a great little scripture to have memorized. That way, whenever I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I can take a minute to bring it to mind. I can remind myself that I am grounded in peace. I have peace inside me. I can bring peace into the world. Instead of getting caught up in the frenzy around me, I can actually accept the peace that is offered to me in this scripture and then I can bring that peace into the situation and be a messenger of peace myself. Instead of continuing a vicious cycle, I can bring a calming touch.
I am working on all of this. The first step is to believe that peace is available to me. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. What a world of grace is given to us in those few words.