Peace goes so much farther than a sign or a gesture. Peace is a feeling above all things. Some of my favorite moments are right before I teach a yoga class. That moment of peace, to separate myself from the day to fully devote myself to make others feel like their better self.
Lately, I haven't felt much peace. I feel like I am getting lost in the "real world" of hardships and busyness. It almost feels like I'm drowning!
Peace is more than a quiet place. It is state of being. If you can distance your mind from the outside clatter, that is peace.
I've always thought that yoga teachers were completely zen-ed out and didn't worry about anything. Well, turns out yoga teachers don't do yoga because they are at peace with their life. They do yoga because they are absolutely CRAZY! I myself need yoga just as much (or more) than the students I teach!
For me, peace is a huge effort where I mostly fail. I always worry about what come next or my plans written on my calendar. I try to lift everything on my shoulders, but I am weak and sometimes I am completely broken.
There is hope in finding peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you." You cannot create peace because peace has been with you since you came to this earth. We just have attune our minds to the peace that Jesus has given to us. Peace does not come in the quiet place, but the easiest place to discover the peace already given to us is by being in that quiet place.
As you may guess, my quiet place is practicing yoga. I find God's peace by using my breath to move through the asanas. When you focus only on the breath, everything fades away. My heart and my mind fully open to receive the Holy Spirit. I am exactly what I want to be: at peace.
Peace and Namaste,