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Journey of the peaceful path

We all want to find a peaceful journey in life. A peaceful journey includes an abundance of unconditional love and joy. It's easy to practice peacefulness when we're on vacation or in nature.

Challenges occur when we're surrounded by outside circumstances that seem chaotic or unloving, shaking up our peace both internally and externally. A peaceful journey is enhanced by embracing everything with love, acceptance, and compassion, especially during the chaos.

You can experience life as a "soap opera" lifestyle or a "peaceful path." I define a soap opera lifestyle as an emotional and mental attachment to unjust, unfair and unhappy situations creating drama and judgment. Soap opera lifestyle occurs during the observation stage, where you analyze a part in yourself, a situation or others where there is a lack of peace. You perceive the situation that has a lack of peace with judgment and react with internal beliefs that could lead to hate and anger. Your focus is on the outside world, attempting to change the situation and/or person. There is a tendency to want to fix, transform and improve the unjust, unfair or unhappy part in yourself and others in various situations. We can summarize the soap opera behavior as expecting results, which leads to trying to control the outcome, push time and overdoing. Trying to control the outcome, overdoing and expecting certain results leads to conditions with a time limit of when and how you want it. The results are disappointments, victimization and feeling stuck when the conditions are not met. Many common reasons for the soap opera behavior stem from a need for approval, acceptance or love, or possibly righteous and controlling beliefs. Our mind is like a computer: what we focus on expands and creates that reality.

The peaceful journey is an internal serendipity with circumstances that seem unloving, unjust and unfair. You know there is a positive reason for this circumstance, which leads to growth, wisdom and opportunities. Therefore, you don't overanalyze and you apply acceptance, enjoyment, appreciation, value, trust and faith with the unknown. You understand that if it's important to know the reason in time, you will know.

The peaceful journey begins with quieting the mind chatter, opening the heart and applying gratitude, appreciation and acceptance. You look inward first rather than attempt to change or fix the outside world. You let go of attempting to control situations or people and move into acceptance.

The steps for a peaceful journey are pretty simple, yet can be challenging. The peaceful journey begins when you hold self-love and acceptance. You value yourself and work so others will, too, and do loving things to increase self-love. When you see through the eyes of love and acceptance, you hold the light of awareness, peace, joy and abundance. There is acceptance and compassion for other living things from your divine heart.

Some helpful hints on staying on a peaceful journey include:

  • Practice meditations to quiet the mind and connect the heart on a deeper level.
  • Practice being at peace with the unknown.
  • Relax the fears and surrender having to know the answers now.
  • Come from compassion and acceptance, releasing the desire for understanding and remaining free of all attachments.

Attachments are when you emotionally personalize, perform physically addictive behaviors and mentally overanalyze. My book "Living Life as You Always Dreamed," has more on living the peaceful path and how to release attachments. May peace, joy, abundance and love be with you.

Angelica Rose is an essence specialist, author and certified hypnotist. She speaks in Grants Pass on Nov. 3. For information see heartofmotivation.webs.com or email angelica1rose@yahoo.com.

Send 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to innerpeaceforyou@live.com.