The challenge of living a more peaceful life
This fast-paced world we live in does not
always lend itself to peaceful living. The
responsibilities of job and family can seem
endless. Add to that poor quality food, not
enough sleep, impossible schedules and
who could feel peaceful. Sadly most of us
seem to accept this as routine, we don’t
question it we simply do it because we know
it and understand it.
Enter the wake up call. Those times when
everything we knew and understood in our
lives as normal is coming apart at the seams.
A loved one dies, a marriage dissolves, we
loose our job, a serious illness besets us
causing our strength and youthful vitality to
slip away. All of what was, or seemed positive
now looks negative and we rail against the
If we could only see things in terms of
balance rather than positive or negative.
Our universe is made up of positives and
negatives-opposites, but opposites that
balance one another. The earth itself sits
within a large magnetic field with positive
and negative polls. Our cells use the same
universal laws of positive and negative
charges to transfer nutrients and waste
products back and forth across a cell wall.
One could not exist without them but always
there’s a balance.
Illness can represent a lack of balance.
Regaining that balance during times of
illness may mean learning to live our lives
well in spite of an that illness, in short having
some acceptance of our situation, along with
some hope and faith for a better day. After
all disease or “dis-ease” is the body’s way of
asking that we pay attention, rebalance and
redistribute our life force energy to a pattern
that is more conducive to health.
In terms of positives and negatives and
health in the human body, we would be
happier and healthier if we understood
that all of life is a flow of energy. When
we cling to what may appear to be a
positive for too long a time, the stronger
the negative pull may become. Of course
there’s nothing wrong with taking the
positive view of things, it’s the right thing
to do, but with closer examination what
may have appeared to be a positive on the
surface may not be bringing balance to your
life. Your body is asking that there be some
When we find ourselves in the midst
of a crisis we can at feel like a tar baby stuck
with no hope of every getting free.
Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
writes, “People should not try to run away
from their suffering. In fact, you have to
hold the suffering and look deeply into it,
because that is the only way to discover the
true nature of your suffering. And when you
have seen the true nature of your suffering
you have a chance to see the way out.”
Don’t cling, make your effort the best it can
possibly be and leave the outcome to your
We are charged to live each day to
the fullest. It can be difficult finding that
balance between living life to the fullest
and allowing for down time. The next time
you find yourself resisting some down time
remember that rest brings regeneration and
inspiration for the next challenge.
Till next time, Rebecca