A few weeks ago I was working with my own coach to achieve more peace of mind around an ongoing situation. She asked me to come up with some images of what peace of mind was like for me.
Most of the images I came up with were active. One of the most compelling was a classic bubbling brook- a picture of water in a fairly shallow stream running over rocks, turning them over and over, smoothing out the edges, and running ceaselessly to the sea.
I told her I knew how to achieve calm. I have a pretty firm meditative practice, do some yoga and take a contemplative walk almost every day.
It surprised me a little that most of my images were active. But that’s how peace of mind works for me. When I know that all my actions are fulfilling a conscious purpose or intention, I experience peace of mind. Recently I’ve been working to be less puritanical with myself-seeing that all the things I do with my heart (even if they don’t fall into a really strict ‘work’ category) are all part of my life’s purpose and my desire to lead an interesting life.
Nothing can withstand water…it always finds its way through or around things, eventually wearing down or flowing around whatever’s in its way.
So I embrace that sense of movement and flow, that moves the stones in my life and smoothes out the edges, knowing that it all contributes and returns to the ocean or source.
What about you?
When you consider your personal sense of peace of mind, what images arise? Are they active or calm? How can you bring more of that sense into your life?
May we pursue our paths, honoring our own unique sense of peace,