FINDING PEACE OF MIND
January 9, 2021
It’s been a while since I have written. I thought a good time to write again would be a week after January 1st, so I could write about New Year’s resolutions. Right now this seems very frivolous, given this past week’s horrific circumstances in Washington, not to mention the uptick of cases and deaths due to the Corona Virus. Then I didn’t even want to write at all, because I was so worried about my brother’s surgery and the long rehabilitation he was facing. But I decided to try anyway, even though I had no idea what to say. I started the first sentence, then for some reason (and I can’t remember why) I went to my email. By some act of Providence, this is what I found waiting for me:
Anxiety is often our first reaction to conflict, problems, or even our own fears. In those moments, detaching and getting peaceful may seem disloyal or apathetic. We think: If I really care, I’ll worry; if this is really important to me, I must stay upset. We convince ourselves that outcomes will be positively affected by the amount of time we spend worrying.
Our best problem-solving resource is peace. Solutions arise easily and naturally out of a peaceful state. Often, fear and anxiety block solutions. Anxiety gives power to the problem, not the solution. It does not help to harbor turmoil. It does not help.
Peace is available if we choose it. In spite of chaos and unsolved problems around us, all is well. Things will work out. We can surround ourselves with the resources of the Universe: water, earth, a sunset, a walk, a prayer, a friend. We can relax and let ourselves feel peace.
Today, I will let go of my need to stay in turmoil. I will cultivate peace and trust that timely solutions and goodness will arise naturally and harmoniously out of the wellspring of peace. I will consciously let go and let God.
(The Language of Letting Go, Daily Meditations on Co-dependency, by Melody Beattie)
My friends, I wish you peace in 2021. May God bless you all.
With peace and love,
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