Deep Breaths & Peace

I just returned from a long Thanksgiving weekend on the California coast. It was relaxing and wonderful, but also full of thinking about life {when am I not doing this really? But long weekends seem to especially lend themselves to contemplation}. I came back to my desk today with a to-do list that was completely falling off the page—loads of things I want to do to get ready for the holiday season, and also a reinvigorated excitement about growing my art business {partially inspired by a shiny new book I got in the mail last week called Supercoach by the amazing life/success coach Michael Neill}.

My normal reaction to a long to-do list like this has been to start spinning—you know—all of the millions of things start spinning in your head until you’re completely out of breath, even though you haven’t actually physically done anything. I’ve been trying to work on this reaction for a while now—to recognize that the exasperation is coming from my brain—not outside of me. Michael Neill often says that peace is only one thought away. I have found this message in nearly every book I pick up lately—from Buddhism to self-help to psychology. I think perhaps it might be true? Just a guess—when something keeps clobbering you over the head, it’s hard to ignore it anymore.

This got me thinking—as this weekend was the official beginning to the holiday season here in the United States—this season often gets a lot of us spinning even more than usual as we try to do this and buy that, and prepare for this and finish that, and get ready for x,y, and z. I mean, we’re in such a hurry that stores opened at 4 am this past Friday morning! And so I realize that we might all be in need of a moment of peace. I try to remind myself that every moment is a new opportunity for peace.

It’s easy to say this, but much harder to do. I find myself trying to push the agitated thoughts out of my mind and then I get frustrated with myself for being agitated. And so I wondered to myself this morning as my mind kept returning to my to-do list—is it possible to be at peace with my agitation? Maybe that’s a place to start. Take a deep breath and try to make peace with whatever I happen to be feeling at this moment.

I invite you to try it—take a deep breath and open up to peace. Ask yourself:
“What would it be like to make peace with how I am right now?”

Happy last days of November to you! I hope you are so well!


1 Response to “Deep Breaths & Peace”

  1. 1 Geoff M. Pope December 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    That clean white piece of paper with the little lean “peace” on it just cast a tranquil ~spell~ . . . thanks again for being so minimally creativexpressive — so restful and so needed these days, at least for me. I think my Decemberesolution is that the next 30 days will be the Month of Contentment.

    And thanks for the introduction to Michael Neill. I just found this simply profound quote by him: “The most important choice you make is what you choose to make important.”


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