Month 2 – PEACE

IMG_6334In October I focused on PEACE. I think I was hoping to transform myself into a female monk, developing the peace of the Dalai Lama and the behaviour of Mother Theresa. It might surprise you to know I didn’t succeed (haha), but here’s what I did:

• Meditated – Oh how I tried. I tried various meditative podcasts, all kinds of CDs and a variety of breathing exercises. Oh, I tried!

• Breathed consciously

• Read – Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi: An Autobiography and Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

• Walked in nature

• Dropped my shoulders – when all of the meditation failed, I figured the least I could do was learn to take a deep breath and drop my shoulders a few times a day.

• Prayed

Conclusions I reached:

1/. Peace is hard.

2/. I’m not an innately peaceful person.

3/. Our society is not set up to cultivate peace. The busier we are, the better.

4/. Peace is a process. I’m not much for process, I prefer to reach the end result just by hoping.

5/. I’ll have to try peace again!

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