Sarah

Whether you are building a baby, a body, a company, or any other dream, change emerges and it is our ability to shift that keeps us at peace within ourselves and in a generative consciousness.

gen·er·a·tive (adj) relating to or capable of production or reproduction.

If it’s something you’re really serious about, it’s necessary not to take it too seriously…To be generative, you cannot be only serious. You’ve got to be able to play.” ~Robert Dilts

Serious, but not too serious because playfulness fosters creativity, different perspectives, and new possibilities for greater joy. Without playfulness, we get stuck in a really bad place…misery.

If peace comes from seeing the whole, then misery comes from a loss of perspective.” ~ Mark Nepo

See the whole. Admire the view. Find something to appreciate and allow that place of gratitude soothe you into peace. In Japanese, the two kanji characters that combine to make peace are 平和, heiwa, literally meaning an “even harmony”.

This week, as you harmonize with peace, think about creating an even harmony in you and all around you.

Day One: Cultivate internal PEACE within your body. A peaceful body digests faster and operates more efficiently. Allow your unproductive thoughts and worries subside as you set out on your day. Eat foods that your body processes well and supports a peaceful belly. For example, add lemon to your water to alkalize your body. Although lemons are an acidic fruit, they have an alkalizing effect upon the body. It is the mineral composition of the fruit that matters and, in the lemon’s case, that causes the body to become more alkaline when the lemon is metabolized. When our bodies are more alkaline, the oxygenation of the blood is increased, which provides extra energy and health improvements.

A Warrior of the Light is not constantly repeating the same struggle, especially when there are neither advances nor retreats.” ~Paulo Coelho

Day Two: Let PEACE anchor you. The emotional opposite of peace is rage, so seek times to find peace throughout your day…times when minor irritants might turn into full-blown rage if left to fester. Put out the fire with your peaceful intent…and perhaps a few deep breaths! The peace comes from the pause. Use that pause to regain your peaceful center. Be playful when it’s safe and appropriate to do so. Let laughter provide you with that even harmony of “serious, but not too serious”.

Day Three: Surround yourself in PEACE. How can you make your workouts more peaceful this week? Maybe take a quiet jog outside and enjoy the sunrise. Leave the MP3 at home if you can jog someplace peaceful…or adjust the musical selection to more peaceful chords if you need to block out a noisy environment. A tight body is never a peaceful one. This would be a great week to cultivate your yoga practice. Or, just dedicate some time to forward folds, letting your upper body hang forward and shaking your head slowly from side to side to release your neck.

Day Four: Bring PEACE with you. Be mindful of shared space. Are you yapping on your phone while others are in close proximity. Could you wait to take that phone call in the privacy of your office, car, or home? Is there tension in any of your relationships that you could alleviate with a gesture of peace? Start small. This isn’t about caving in. This is about creating a peaceful presence in yourself. Notice how others respond to you. Notice what or who shows up in your life when you’re rocking a peaceful vibe.

Day Five: Create in PEACE. Is your creative work space peaceful? What would enhance the peaceful elements? Introduce a little “spa” into your space. Aromatherapy sprays are an easy way to infuse the air with a peaceful scent. A mug of hot herbal tea works as well. Is there clutter in your workspace that is diminishing your peace? Are there a few things on your to-do list that have been nagging you for way too long? Maybe this would be a good day to cross one of those off…in the interest of your peace.

Day Six: Visualize PEACE. Close your eyes and envision yourself at your most peaceful. What would that look like? Where would you be? What would you be wearing? Memorize the expression on your face. As you go through your day, try to bring that feeling into being. Pause and return to your vision as often as needed. Use visual or audio cues to remind you to return.

Day Seven: Recognize and emulate PEACE. Who is your role model for peace? How is your life’s work…purpose…dharma connected to peace? As you strengthen your peace within, acknowledge how it influences your thought patterns, behaviors, and outcomes.

Do you want to explore PEACE further? Click here for quotes, mantras, and our willPower dedicated weekly exercise here.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.