Most people desire a peaceful, healthy, conflict free life. However, reality pops in and throws in all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. What do you think of when you have peace? How do you feel when you have peace? Some synonyms are tranquil, calm, restful, at ease, contentment, harmony. How do you feel when you don’t have peace? Synonyms for this are stressed out, agitation, confusion, conflict, noise. Which is more appealing to you? How do you get to the peaceful state when life happens?
You can read all kinds of things about deep breathing, mindfulness and guided meditation. All of these can be very helpful. Deep breathing sends a signal to the brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends signals to the body to reduce the heart rate, decrease your respiration and lower your blood pressure. It helps tremendously to reduce stress but does it provide peace that lasts?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), teaches individuals how to cultivate and increase their self-awareness, body-awareness, emotional regulation, and attention regulation. This obviously can lead to stress reduction. A MBSR class is offered at Provision Health and Fitness Center throughout the year by The Mindful Center Knoxville, Claudio Barrientos. Mindful Meditation is now offered at more than 250 medical centers worldwide to help integrate health and healing. Mindfulness Meditation has been clinically proven to help with concentration, boost the immune system, support weight loss, improve mood and wellbeing, reduce anxiety, reduce sleep disturbances, regulate chronic pain, and improve cardiovascular health. Does this provide peace that lasts?
What is the difference between stress reduction and peace? Peace is more than a way to avoid or reduce things that upset us, lack of conflict or the absence of war. It is a way of living in proper relationship between God and man and man and man. It comes or goes in little ways throughout our days. The Bible tells us to live in peace with all men as far as we are able. True peace is a calm contentment that is exhibited through love, patience, kindness, gentleness and compassion.
Cultivating your faith can lead to a clearer life purpose, give your life meaning, help grow you into better personal relationships. By clarifying what’s most important, you can focus less on the unimportant things and focus more on your life’s purpose and make a difference where you are. This can lead to valuable inner peace during times of trouble. When you realize that you are part of a greater whole, you can more easily release control to the God who loves you and cares about you. You can know there is purpose in everything that happens, even when we don’t understand why. People in a faith community usually have a support system that prays with them and for them, rejoices in good times and helps during difficult times. This too can help give you peace of mind.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 The fruit of the Spirit of peace also provides the inner peace of mind and contentment found by living God’s way of life—even in less-than-peaceful situations. When we trust that God has our best interest in mind and we give him thanks as we make our requests known to him, His peace that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds. One life, One body, Care for it!