Yesterday I launched a countdown series on social media.
On Wednesday, the cart closes to my 12 week course Create Peace and each day as it creeps closer, I will be offering a tip on how to create peace in your life.
Today’s tip is centered around the spiritual spoke. In Create Peace we define the spiritual spoke as having a defined set of values and living in alignment with those values.
Personally, the words I have chosen for my value system come from the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Then, I add gratitude to that list as well.
2020 has absolutely pushed my boundaries on living in alignment with my values. Being able to maintain a state of joy, peace and patience this year has been challenging.
Just yesterday I found myself getting short and snappy with my family over every little thing. The reality was, I was stressed. I was unsettled. My spirit was very off. Both my self-care spoke and my spiritual spoke were very low. When I got frustrated at the kids my husband said,
“This is you. This isn’t them. You’re going to need to figure something out. I think YOU need the calm down corner.” (The calm down corner is a place we send my daughter when her anxiety is hitting high levels and she needs to regroup.)
Yesterday was one of those jam-packed Saturdays where there are a million places to be and it isn’t a true day off because there’s no resting. What my soul and my body were craving was rest and to be home, so it manifested as me having a short fuse.
Today I made it priority to ground myself. The things that bring me back into a healthy state are some quiet meditation, getting something off my task-list that’s weighing over me, going to church, and spending quality time with my family. After practicing several of these, I still felt a heavy weight on me. I ended up crashing on the bed with my son for his nap time and waking up three hours later. Sometimes the best rest is actual rest.
Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.”
As I long for more love, joy, peace and patience in this world we are living in today, I know I must first work on manifesting those values in myself.
If you would like to finish 2020 with more peace in your life than you are experiencing right now, come join us. I have opened my digital course Create Peace until September 23. A group of us will be going through twelve modules between now and the end of the year to Create Peace.
If you want to learn more, the last webinar before the cart closes is Monday, Sept 21 at 8:30pm. Register here.