Finding Peace in a Troubled World
If you spend any time on social media or listen to the news it is easy to see that much of the world is in turmoil. The world is in a major transition with several super powers attempting to gain control of larger portions of the world and far too many using the supposed religious beliefs to justify their treatment of others. Those of us who seek peace and balance in our lives are left trying to maintain a positive outlook, but far too often we are finding peace to be just outside of our reach.
It is important to understand that there are two very different goals at work here. One is the need of finding inner peace within ourselves and the other involves helping to ensure those who have stopped working toward finding peace are not allowed to destroy our world.
The second is by far the hardest thing to do. If you do not have the first however, chances of being of use in changing the second is very slim. This article will concentrate on finding inner peace for you and finish with just a few tips for helping the world.
Find Your Triggers
The first step for everyone is to determine what triggers your bouts of not maintaining your peace? Be honest with yourself and think hard on this subject. Without identifying your triggers, you will never be able to move past them. Make a list of them so you can look at it every day. You never have to show a single person your list. This is your journey to finding peace and while people can give you advice, more often than not they tend to prevent you from finding what is best for you personally.
Over the next few months when you find something that triggers you, add it to the list. You will find as you find balance with one trigger, often another will pop up. By adding it to the list you can work on it too when the time is right.
On your list, write a short, positive affirmation to help in letting go of that particular trigger. You may have to write an affirmation for every item on your list. I had to so do not think the is something wrong with your based on the length of your list. Each day, choose one of the affirmations from your list to be your personal affirmation for the day. Start your day by looking at yourself in a mirror and saying your affirmation to your reflection. Repeat it to yourself as often as possible throughout the day and when you lay down to sleep, repeat it over and over until you drift off to sleep.
Try to keep all negative thoughts out of your mind while repeating it. Most people find this hard, especially at first so do not berate yourself if you are not 100% perfect on this aspect. Understand you are a work in progress and know that you are taking the steps that serve your best interest.
The next day take a different affirmation and repeat the process. How many different affirmations you work with at this point is up to you. If your list is long, (more than 5 or 6 triggers), break the list down and perhaps do one per day for 3 days, then start over at the top. You do not want to dilute your efforts too much.
Meditating on Your Affirmations
I fully admit I do not meditate the way almost everyone says you should. Trying to get my mind to shut up for 15 seconds, much less 15 minutes is almost impossible. I learned a long time ago not to even try to keep it quiet and allow “my problem” to be a solution for other problems.
There will always be someone around who tosses a trigger at you whether they intended to or not. When you find time to meditate, focus on your trigger. Visualize yourself standing in front of someone who has just said or did something that is a trigger for you, and see yourself handling the situation in a calm, peaceful manor, without allow your peace to be taken.
If you feel this first idea is perfect for you, continue to repeat the process using the same visualization, but if you want to explore other options, simply turn your mind toward finding a different solution.
Your goal with each meditation period is to focus on one trigger only. If other thoughts begin to stray into your mind, gently push them away while turning back to the issue at hand.
Try to meditate for at least a few minutes each day and yes, longer is better. At the same time however, do not get upset if your time is cut short by others in your world. It happens to everyone. It is more important to stay calm, even if you only get 2 minutes of time in instead of 15 minutes ending in having lost your peace.
Gain Peace via War
You are at war with yourself. You cannot blame your problems on anyone else. Your problems may be trying to tell you it is time to make changes in your environment, but your problem is not your environment, it is your reaction to your environment. Often we must find peace with a situation before we can move past it. This is especially true if the situation is a life lesson for you.
Look for the lesson you are meant to learn from this trigger? Again, this is something personal to you. If you line up a dozen people who each have the same trigger, you will find there are many reasons for why it is a trigger for them. If you cannot determine what the root of your problem is, use your meditation time to work through it. Know in your heart that when it is time, you will understand the purpose of this trigger and be able to finally let it flow out of your life. Once you understand your trigger, it is much easier to work toward a positive outcome when someone trips your trigger. Each trigger your work through will release the pent up fears holding your back.
As you find yourself releasing the triggers, you find more peace and harmony in your life. You may determine life as it is, is exactly as it should be, or you may learn it is time to move on to a different situation. Either way, thank those in your life that served as the bringer of your life lessons, wish for them to find the peace you are feeling and let them go if it is the best thing.
Gemstones to Help
To help you let go of the anger a trigger can bring into your life, try these gemstones:
- Blue Agate
- Rose Quartz
- Smoky Quartz
- Snowflake Obsidian
If you are losing your peace because you fear changes you sense are coming, try:
- Botswana Agate
- Cats Eye
- Honey Calcite
- Red Tiger Eye
- Snowflake Obsidian
- Tiger Eye
If you are losing your peace because you need to make a decision and don’t want to, try:
- Crazy Lace Agate
If you are losing your peace because of grieving over something or someone, try:
- Red Jasper
Is someone trying to take away your self-confidence, use these to build it up:
- imperial topaz