I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Psalm 16: 8
The Psalm above reminds us that there is only one surefire cure to the anxiousness, worry and stress that “disturb” our peaceful contentment. The cure for all that disturbs us in one thing and one thing only – God. Now, before you run from the room screaming in fear that I am proposing that you fall on your knees before the “old man in the sky, please rest assured that the “God” I am referring to is vastly more infinite than any human attempts to define, constrict, control or manipulate. “God” is merely a name that some give to the Divine Energy and Source that cannot be defined or explained. For me personally, it is sometimes helpful to give a form and a face to this Transcendent Source, but I know that this barely scratches the surface of an energy that creates, transforms, guides, inspires, animates, expresses itself through us, heals, holds and ultimately loves and is the very nature of love itself.
This Source, experience and expression that some call “God” is the Source from which we came. In our human incarnation, we experience this Source as peace, love, contentment and joy. We also experience this Source as inspiration, healing and lover. It is to this Source that we long to return and it is in returning to this Source that we remember the love and peace that are our truest nature. Returning again and again to this Source deepens our human experience of peace, heals our inner woundedness and strengthens us to endure the challenges of the human condition. When we forget our Oneness with this Source, we experience fear, anxiety and longing. When we hold our attention on this Source, we remember the love that we are.
There are many ways that we can hold focused attention on this Source, thus cultivating peace and releasing fear:
Active Contemplation – invites us to continually seek the Presence and Action of the Divine in our everyday lives
Mindfulness – invites us to hold focused attention on our normal human activities, seeking the wonder of God in the simplest of actions – eating, doing laundry, playing with our children, gardening, etc.
Meditation – allows us to take time out of our busy lives to reflect on God
Contemplation – allows us to take time out of our busy lives to simply rest in God in the silent places within
Movement – mindful movement such as yoga, chi qong, tai chi, sacred dance and any form of exercise that allows you to hold your mind in rapt attention to the experience of the movement, etc.
Chanting – allows us to offer praise to that which we call God in a way that brings us into a deeper state of peaceful contentment
As much as the Divine is infinite, so too are the number of ways that we can turn our attention toward this unconditional Source of peace. How are you facilitating and cultivating peace in your own life?
Authentic Freedom Ministries