Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Peace in Mind and Heart

I heard from a speaker, Marilyn Berrett, one of the coolest lady ever.  She talked about seeing the world through dance and nature.  She referred to the verses of the song, "Where can I turn to Peace?" to help us see methods we can use towards finding peace.

Have an attitude gratitude--use it for every aspect of life, especially through pain and tough times.  The Lord provides us with so many things in life for which to be thankful like the beautiful sunset, which is an invitation of peace from the Lord.  Those who are grateful excel in all aspects of life.  They are more loving, joyful, enthusiastic, optimistic, peaceful, more pleasant, etc. (it's so true.  I learned about the many effects, including positive physiological effects from gratitude in my Mind, Body Health class).  A way to become more grateful is: A gratitude journal.  I have begun doing this and I can already see how much happier and even more thankful I am for all in my life, yes...including the tough physical times.  Another way is by learning other cultures' prayers of gratitude, and embrace them to enhance the gratitude.  A really, really good one is dedicating a prayer of solely thanks to our Heavenly Father, once a week.  I'm sure we can afford that, after all that He has given to us.

Pray--this is our constant access to our Heavenly Father.  There is no quota to meet and no appointment to make.  He is always there for us, reachable at any time and in any place.  I especially love praying outside in nature.  That is where I feel most at peace and closest to Him.  It's so wonderful to be able to clear my head from that in the city, turn my focus to God, and fill my heart with all sorts of gratitude and goodness, all while being surrounded by beautiful creations by Him.

Love without end--love just as the Prince of Peace loved each and everyone of us, which is unconditionally and eternally.  Increase our love for those who have mistreated us, which will eventually soften the hardened heart and dissolve offenses taken.  I struggle with this one because it's so hard for me to be kind to those who have mistreated me.  I feel like we should all be friends and support each other, instead of resorting to coldness and mean comments, which is why I'm super disappointed when people do it to me.  However, holding onto grudges prevents me from reaching my full potential as a servant of God, therefore, I must learn to get over and get to loving (easier said than done, but persistence will carry me to success...I hope).  We have to take that first step towards forgiveness...The criticism and offense stops right there!!  It will be a tough path, but we have to keep trying if we want to salvage anything that is left in tough relationship.  Just keep trying and have faith that everything will work out in the end.

This song has always been comforting to me during many times of need, especially when I'm on the verge of breaking down and quitting.  This talk definitely hit the spot, and I feel so much more empowered and equipped to do what I know is right. I was so glad that I was able to come and see that there were others just like me, searching for peace in their lives.  It's oddly comforting to me that that I'm not alone, and that are many that are in the same position in their lives--calling for help.  I know that if I asked for help, there are many who would be there to support me in a heartbeat.  We are all brothers and sisters and we are here to help each other as best as we can.  That is also why we need to find this peace within ourselves, so we can become stronger and readily available to help others as well.  It's hard, but pull in positive energy and reciprocate it.  Pass it on.  Don't worry, your problems will be resolved and you will will be saved if you keep your head up and in the right place.  This will create your peace in mind and heart.  Have faith...

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