In 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.
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!