Make peace,

Make peace your priority

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. By Andrea Levy

Make peace your priority. We all want it: certainly most of us crave a greater sense of peace and ease in our lives. As we are all too aware, modern-day living can be chaotic, stressful, overwhelming and full of distractions — and we haven’t even mentioned computers, social media, or waiting in the queue on an automated call yet. It can be exhausting, mentally and physically; it can leave us feeling depleted.

But there’s some good news.

While we can’t change a lot of things about the world around us, we are able to have a significant impact on our own inner world, our inner space. By positively influencing this inner world, perhaps then we can begin to effect a little change in our outer world too. It’s certainly worth a try.

If you’re feeling a little shellshocked by the 21st century (especially the past couple of years!) then there’s something you can do about it right now. Start to explore some of the peaceful practices contained in this report, whether that’s a more gentle form of yoga, or immersing yourself in a wonderful gong bath for a true emotional release — and then make a commitment to seek it out.

This is the important thing: you’ve got to commit to seeking out that peace by carving out some time in your day or week, no matter how busy you get, no matter how crazy life gets. Invest in your peace and it will pay you back many times over in terms of greater sanity, emotional resilience and all-round calm. It’s worth it.

As the saying goes: nobody needs yoga and meditation more than the man or woman who claims they don’t have the time. So make the time. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it. As Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati once said: “Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”

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