Peace is the essence of our universe, it is at the core of everyone and everything. Peace is our very nature and exists within all of us. When we become aware of our thoughts and how they affect our feelings and experiences, we can chose to nurture and develop our innate ability to be peaceful. Peace is only ever a thought away. By regularly practicing being peaceful and thinking peaceful thoughts, we reclaim our power to stay at peace with any given moment, regardless of surrounding circumstances; dispelling fear, stress and strain.

Bring to mind the people and circumstances in your life that send you into panic or get you stressed out. I mean the people and things that really seem to be able to push your buttons – maybe your boss, your kids, your spouse, a particular neighbour you do your best to avoid, being held in a traffic jam, or having to queue at the bank… Consider them as your greatest teachers. By noticing the moments when you feel that someone else or something else is causing you to feel stressed and chaotic, you are able to recognise an area of yourself that you have yet to master. They are a reminder of a part of you that needs to be brought into balance so that you can experience peace. You might not feel like thanking these people or circumstances for the lessons they are teaching you about peace, but through expressing gratitude towards them an increased inner sense of peace will flow.

Next time you notice your trigger being pushed and yourself getting upset, take a deep breath and try saying to yourself “I can choose peace, rather than this”. This affirmation is a line from A Course In Miracles and in its simplicity, has the power to turn everything around for you. Whenever you find yourself experiencing fear, despair, panic, stress, depression or anger at home, in your car, at work – at anytime in anyplace – pause, take a deep breath and repeat this line to yourself. You will notice that your old non-peaceful ways of thinking disappear the moment you choose to prioritise peace. Gradually you’ll begin to think non-peaceful thoughts less and less; and become more peaceful in your relationship with yourself, with everyone and everything.

If you would like to practice being more peaceful you might find it useful to create a morning ritual to help you start your day in a peaceful way. Having a morning routine that focuses your attention inward on being peaceful can really help to set a peaceful tone for your day. I like to start my day with peace because it helps me become aware of the peace I have within and helps me radiate it out in everything I do and to everyone with whom I connect.

Try my 10 Peaceful Steps to Start Your Day, adapt it and make it yours. Enjoy it! Begin tomorrow morning and enjoy starting your day with peace, so that you can embrace each magnificent moment of your life more fully, with peace.

10 Peaceful Steps to Start Your Day

1. Start each morning by taking 3 deep breaths before you get up.

2. Turn your attention inwards and focus on the peace within you at your core. Notice the peaceful energy at the core of your being, just below your rib cage.

3. Calmly turn your attention to how you are feeling about the day ahead. Notice any fears and worries that may come to mind about your plans for your day. Allow yourself with your next exhalation to let go of any tension you are holding in your body and release any concerns, knowing that whatever lies in store for you today will unfold in the perfect way, providing you with the opportunity to learn more about yourself and others.

4. Return to the sensation of the energy at your core and gently visualise it expanding to fill your entire body, revitalizing and renewing every cell.

5. Bring to mind all the people, places and things in your life that you feel thankful for. Feel your heart fill with joy as you silently allow your awareness to focus for a moment on gratitude.

6. Take another deep breath, wiggle your fingers and toes, bring your awareness back to your surroundings. Have a gentle stretch and slowly get out of bed.

7. Notice how your body feels as you move to a standing position, gently mobilise your muscles, stretch out anywhere that feels stiff or tight.

8. Gradually move your body a bit more, perhaps on your way into the kitchen to pop on the kettle. Experiment with moving your body purposefully, in whichever way you feel inspired, allowing it to warm up for the day in its own special way. Trust your intuition. Your body will tell you how it wants to move.

9. Rehydrate yourself with a glass of water or cup of herbal tea.

10. Sit for a moment and settle your thoughts. Set your intention for the day. What would you like to create today? How would you like to be today? What kind of experience would you like to have? You get what you focus on!

About the Author
Jayne Morris, The POWER Coach, is Founder and Director of Power-Up™, the unique coaching system combining life coaching, meditation, visualization, martial arts, angelic healing and integrative art therapy.

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