Peace can mean quiet, tranquillity, serenity, peace of mind, mental calmness, friendliness, no wars, civil disorders or strife. Sometimes a word makes sense and other times there is no reference for it.
From my own experience I had no reference for the word happy. Logically I knew what it was supposed to mean, however I couldnt relate to it. On the other hand I knew and experienced what contentment and joy was, but with happy sadly I had no reference point.
The word happy had to be demonstrated to me in order for it to have any meaning. Happy was demonstrated to me by a male facilitator on a course I was on a couple of years ago. He started an impromptu, very silly dance which had me laughing for a long time afterwards. The memory of it still gets me smiling and gives me a happy feeling which I fully experience throughout my body.
With that in mind whenever I step into peace I totally experience it through every cell in my body. How do I know that is what Im experiencing? I feel it and link the word peace to that feeling.
Before trying this exercise, Id like you to ask yourself a few questions:
Before starting the exercise on the next page, practise with a few words such as peace, serenity, calm, friendliness, accepting etc. Also choose a time where the distractions will be minimal to nil for you to practise. The more you do the exercise the better youll become at accessing this state wherever you are regardless of what is happening around you.
You can access and experience this place of inner peace anytime you want to, simply practise quietening your mind, breathing gently and allow the sensation what you know peace to be, to expand within you.
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On this episode of Read Out Loud, author Susan Verde reads I AM PEACE! Learn what mindfulness means and find new ways to stay calm.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present.
ABOUT SUSAN VERDE
Susan grew up in the heart of Greenwich Village in NYC. As a kid she kept a piece of chalk in her pocket (for spontaneous hopscotch) and her skate key around her neck, ready for the next adventure. She found inspiration everywhere and loved to write all about it! Now Susan lives by the sea in East Hampton, New York with her 3 children and their dog, Gizmo. She still finds inspiration everywhere and writes it all down! In addition to writing books for kids she also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages. She is a yogi herself and is still working on her headstand.
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