For the sake of your own peace and happiness, promise yourself these five things, and keep your word. No matter what you’re going through, I promise you that the thoughts presented here are relevant to your goal of finding peace.
“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.’ Spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.'” – Marianne Williamson
Peace comes when we don’t wish for the present moment to be any different than it is. We can live in a peaceful state within even when the world around us is chaotic and rushed. It’s not always easy, but inner peace is possible even in seemingly impossible moments. With enough practice, patience, and faith in love, you can find peace inside of you, and you’ll realize that it is never beyond reach.
These promises are similar to affirmations, where you repeat the statement/belief on a daily basis, or as often as needed. Absorb these statements. Let them sink into your mind and work their way into your daily habits. Make these promises to yourself every day, and vow to keep them. Finding peace is a process, and the little things you do every day to support that journey will make all the difference.
5 Promises to Help You Find Peace
1. “I promise to focus on the positive.”
We all have weaknesses, which also means that we all have strengths. Focus on your strengths. There are dark times, and there are good times. There are tears, and there is laughter. There is death, and there is birth. Do not dwell in the darkness. Focus on the positive aspects of life, on what you can do, and on what you have to be grateful for.
2. “I promise to take responsibility for my life.”
Stop blaming other people, circumstances, and events for where you are in life. Your life is up to you alone. How you experience your life is your responsibility. How you feel and think and act is ultimately your choice. Own your happiness and your sadness. Own it all.
The only way to make real change is to first acknowledge the way things are, and to then take responsibility for your thoughts about the way things are. Only you hold the key to get from wherever you are to wherever you want to be. You hold the key to your own happiness, so do not be blinded by the illusion that everything and everyone else is the reason you’re not using it. Take back your power.
Become an active participant in your own life.
3. “I promise to value my internal world.”
Value happiness over being right. Value integrity over winning. Value internal success over external definitions of success, for others may not understand your journey. That’s okay, because it’s not their journey to travel–it’s yours. Commit yourself to creating your own happiness, whatever that feels like for you–not in spite of the perceptions of others, but simply because peace is more important to you.
Live authentically, be genuine in speech and behavior, and be brave enough to be yourself when tempted by conformity. When negative energy tries to drag you down to its level, stand strong and rise above, shining your light onto others so that they may be lifted up, too.
4. “I promise to learn from my mistakes.”
Stop judging your past self. You are more than what has happened to you. Your past need not dictate your present nor determine your future, and it certainly doesn’t define who you are. It is not your past, but your thoughts about your past, that determines your present and your future.
Not everything works out as we’ve planned, and we stumble a lot along the way. If you remain willing to keep your heart and mind open, any situation and every mistake can teach you something valuable. Trust that you’re exactly where you need to be in life. Wishing you were somewhere else or someplace else changes nothing and only causes distress. Learn to believe in the journey. Forgive yourself. Learn something, and move forward.
5. “I promise to stay open to new beginnings.”
Be open to being a beginner again. It’s tough to be a beginner, but it keeps us humble and quiets the ego. Your struggles are just reassurance that you’re growing and traveling into new territories. Obstacles are proof of your courage and willingness to expand and discover another piece of yourself.
And as Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Become living proof of the tenacity of the human spirit. Never stop learning, never stop growing, and never give up on the untapped potential you’ve yet to reveal.
- What promises will you make to yourself today?
- Do you use affirmations to help spark positive change, and if so, what have your experiences been?
- How do you support inner peace when outer chaos is near?
Please share your thoughts, promises, habits, lessons in peace, and experiences with me in the comments.
Share these promises with someone who could use some peace today.
Finding peace is a journey that must be taken one step at a time.
Peace and love,
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