How to Have More Peace

by Jerome Shaw about a year ago in advice

When the inner-me is not the enemy

How to Have More Peace
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Do you feel as though you haven't had much peace in your life? As though peace has somehow escaped you? Do you feel like your life has been missing that crucial ingredient? Is there a lingering sense of turmoil in your life? My friend, I'd like to let you know that it's not over. If you're reading this, that means you are breathing. If you have breath, that means you have life. As long as there is life, there will always be hope.

To start having more peace, we must first understand a key element: Peace is an inside job. When you realize this, things begin to change. The way you perceive things will change as well. Peace does not come from anything external. Any peace that we derive from outside sources is often only temporary. It is a false sense of peace. An escape from the true peace inside us. Using drugs, alcohol, money, chasing the opposite sex. All these are forms of escape from what we have within.

“It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential." ~Bruce Lee

The second thing we can do is avoid WMD's. I describe WMD's as Weapons of Mass Distraction. This can be things like TV, news, mass media, cellphones, and other forms of technology. The ways we use technology can sometimes disturb our peace. Often we don't use technology as it was intended. By itself technology is neutral, but when misused, it can threaten our peace. Drawing on things outside of us for entertainment can be fun, but usually only in moderation. In excess, our peace begins to suffer.

Your limitless inner power

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One of the most powerful ways to cultivate peace is by having more love. Love is a great unifier. When we have more love and less fear we find more peace. All things stem from fear and love. Start to flip negative energy into a positive. When someone cuts you off on the road, respond with love. When someone calls you a name, respond with love. It costs us nothing to give a smile or kind word. This can actually lead us down a wealthier path.

“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace." ~Nelson Mandela

They say that it is not the happy people who are thankful, but it is the thankful people who are happy. It is not the happy people who are grateful, but the grateful people who are happy. Reverse things and start to switch them around. Change your definition of peace. What does peace mean to you? What would you be willing to do to have more of it? How far would you be willing to go for inner peace in your mind, your body, and spirit?

By living this way you will not only be more peaceful, but able to grow more and more. Peace can grow exponentially. It starts with you and gets bigger with time. As we develop more peace it bleeds into all areas. It is an inside job that we must work on. Start to make it a priority instead of a side hustle. Treat peace like it's your business, because it is!

Realize that everything in life is a choice. Everything is a decision. Refrain from blaming others. Peace does not rely on any outside forces. To live this way would be doing yourself a disservice. Undervaluing your limitless inner power. Peace is always within reach for it is always within you. It's been waiting for you to reveal it. When we are silent, we need not look far for it may be just below the surface.

Take away your joy. Take away your freedom. Strip yourself down. You can still have peace. Be one with yourself. Be in tune with yourself. Find your frequency, your vibration, your radio station. You will find that you can always have peace. Don't allow the inner-me to become your enemy and peace will spread to all the lives that you touch. Everyone who comes in contact with you may be affected. But it doesn't mean that it will make them peaceful. For peace is an inside job.

Peace and Light, my friend.

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Jerome Shaw
Jerome Shaw
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Jerome Shaw

I am a Blogger/Podcaster currently living in Los Angeles. All my life I've been inspired by others and I strive to be that for you. If I can spark even one person to become their greatest version, I know that one day you will do the same.

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