Inner peace begins with me.
Have you ever woke up and realized that you are in a bad mood? You have no one to blame it on. You’re just pissed off. What’s up with that? This is a good example that our mood arises from our inner processes-most especially our thinking. It’s likely that a dream caused the mood. We can choose when we get out of bed to let ourselves stay in the mood that we have or we can choose to change it.
Whatever mood we wake up in, as we go about our day, we are often challenged as we try to maintain a peaceful mood. We may be challenged by situations such as traffic jams. We may be challenged by people such as a remark that seems rude. Some days we are challenged by both situations and people.
“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.”-anonymous. This quote reminds us to stay in our own peace when we are challenged by people who are not peaceful. How can we do that? Well, we have to be in a place of peace already. If we are not in a place of peace, we have to see that we are at risk of being pulled into their storm and resist it. There are times that walking away from that person is necessary. Because this is an inner process we are in control. The mistake we often make in keeping our peace is that we believe that our moods are controlled by the outer world. Not so. This does not suggest that this is an easy process. But, it is a rewarding process.
I encourage you to stop, take a deep breath and go inward when you feel like you are letting people or situations control your mood. A peaceful countenance can be yours with practice and with persistence.