My tag-line on my radio show is walk in peace. In fact, it is on all my business cards and my work logo. I love what peace symbolizes and the history of it. People ask me what I mean by walking in peace and more important, how I found that peace.
First of all, when I talk about walking in peace I am referring to walking in a conscious balanced state of mind. That means awake and present. To be able to feel a sense of calmness and stability in all that you do. You feel balanced with your relationship with your loved ones as well as your work, your play, your belief systems, your higher power, and most importantly with yourself.
It is important to realize that peace requires a little work on our end. The first thing to understand is that you can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you feel about it and what you do about it. You don’t have to be defined by the things you did or didn’t do, that is just regret and I don’t know about you, but I try to live my life with no regrets. So one way to find peace is to let go of regret and just move forward with peace in your heart and soul.
Staying in the now, which is this very moment, is the most direct pathway to walking in peace. The Buddha tells us that life is available, but only in the present moment. It is in the here and the now where we can take our first steps towards peace. If we are to walk in peace we have to remember that we have an appointment with life. The time of that appointment is not in the past nor will you find it on your schedule for the future. Your appointment is now!
Walking in peace means we accept pain in our life. Pain is inevitable; pain is a part of life, and life’s pain comes in a variety of ways: death, loss, break ups, upsets, and injury. If you accept pain is part of life, you enter a painful situation with peace. You know the pain is temporary and you will get to where you need to be if you have peace in tow with you. If you stop yourself from walking in anger, fear and resentment, you will discover that you are simply walking in the present and that will direct you to peace. It takes practice and stability to walk in the peace. We need time, patience and healing to create the transformation of walking in peace. We should not be attached to the energy of what causes us harm.
What if you chose to mindfully walk in the now? Take a second and go there with me right now. Sit down, and take a deep breath. Look around you. Where are you? I am sitting at my desk in front of my computer. There is no one around. The sun just came up, the air is fresh because of a rain a few hours ago. I can hear the chickens squawking, which means they are laying eggs. There is no one in front of me nor in back of me and right now in this current second, I’m safe. People who have caused me harm in the past are not around me and because I am sitting and calm, physical pain is not bothering me. I feel peace as I focus on my breath and the stillness around me. When I am mindful and I practice this exercise, I am able to walk in such a way that peace fills my body. It takes over every cell of my entire being. Every breath I take reminds me I am safe, and I am in the here and now, and I am well and once I get this and create a habit, I’m able to walk in peace.