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A New Perspective: Find peace amid chaos

Catherine Zeeb
Vail CO, Colorado
Columnist Cathy Zeeb

Choose peace. Live in peace. Trust. Relax. Breathe.

Where is the chaos in your life? Where is the peace? We can learn to be peaceful amid the chaos. With everything going on in the world these days ” the elections, the economy, war, job loss, stress, anxiety and life in general ” how can we be at peace?

The first place to notice the chaos is within our own minds ” the private, continual conversations we have in our minds. This is the first line of chaos to learn to tame. There is always some conversation going on. Are they peaceful conversations? Or are they full of anger, judgment, despair or worry?

The chaos in our minds can be worse than the chaos in our environment. The discussions about life, our past, our future, who said what, the things we said and did, who’s wearing what and how they look, who’s angry and how it affects us, can cause stress, lack of sleep, anxiety or even illness. We drive ourselves crazy with these internal conversations.

There is also the chaos in our immediate world ” in our family, at work, at school and with friends. There is always something going on in everyone’s life. The chaos extends to the greater world as well. Defense is fear. War is fear. Hate is fear. And in the end, all fear is chaos.

Life is falling apart! Just when you think things are going well, they fall apart again. Life’s challenges (the chaos) will always appear. Within the same day, you could have a good or bad day. When you find yourself attaching, identifying with or becoming the chaos, there are reminders in our mind and in the world to remain at peace. You may hear something on the radio that helps you remember that it is up to you to change your perspective about what happens in your day, your week, in your head, in your environment and in the world. Or, you may read something that reminds you that all is well, even amidst the chaos.

How do we remain at peace amongst the internal and external chaos? We breathe. We connect to our Higher Power. We trust. We allow ourselves to let go. We choose to not attach to the chaos. We choose to move our energy from the negative to the positive.

Breathe more. Meditate more. Feel a moment of peace. Each moment of peace relieves stress. In the midst of what seems like the darkest hours may come a light of hope to remind you to hang on. In the midst of suffering, there is a reminder that we should learn how to appreciate the brighter days.

Here are some suggestions to help you relieve the chaos:

1. Breathe/meditate. Remember to take deep breaths and move the energy from your brain through and out of your body.

2. Take breaks throughout your day. Be present.

3. Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead, take care of you first ” no one walks in your shoes.

4. Find good things in your day.

5. Don’t get caught up in the drama.

6. Slow down and stop running.

Moments of true silence and relaxation are few and far between. These are rare breaks from the chaos in our minds and life around us. The perspective you take on life is a choice. Deciding that you will do everything you can to be at peace is a choice for your soul. Recognizing when you are attaching to chaos and choosing to breath, meditate and relax are simple tools. Practicing these simple ideas in the good times will help you when things get challenging.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.

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