Peace Through Contemplation
Do you pray and run? Is your prayer list like a grocery list that you jot down and come back to a time or two throughout the day?
So many of us lack the patience to wait for God. We lack contemplation.
Myss writes in Entering the Castle, “Contemplation . . . nourishes your soul. It stimulates your relationship with the divine.”
I know that it is difficult for me to sit quietly and wait for divine guidance. I’m always glad when I do, however. Myss goes on to say, “Silence is an invitation to the divine to come forward, to reveal itself to you—as a presence more than an active guidance. You wait to experience the presence of God without an agenda, without a prayer list filled with requests that cover myriad fears and insecurities.”
There is a peace that comes from having this practice.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7 NASB. Don’t we all want to have that peace? I know I do. I yearn for it.
You may find that simply journaling as you welcome silence allows you to hear the still, small voice. Here are a few questions to consider while prayer journaling:
- Do I bring peace into the room as I enter it?
- How do I live the example I want my children to follow?
- Do I demonstrate a loving spirit in my world of influence?
- How can I be a light in the darkness for friends who are troubled?
- Do I show others my true self?
Every article I found on the Internet included-acceptance as a way to peace. Just a few days ago I posted “3 Steps Towards Acceptance.” This is not easy. It is a key component in finding peace. Since this step keeps coming up I will share a tip from wikiHow here:
“Take a personal inventory. Acceptance of yourself is crucial to the promotion of inner peace because it enables us to be okay with what is currently happening no matter what the circumstances. If we try to avoid pain we may only enhance it. You can start by practicing acceptance of yourself by taking a personal inventory-who you are, what you look like, how you feel, and what you’ve done.” To read more see How to Find Inner Peace.
The quote I used before was “Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings” by Arthur Rubinstein. This is a life goal for me. Each and every day there are things I must accept as they are, not as I would have them.
So if you can do these two things: 1) sit in silence and listen to the voice and 2) accept what life brings, peace is sure to follow.
In this you are to have a dialogue with your soul. Do these things and you will have taken one of the first and most significant steps towards a spiritual awakening.
I am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.