PEACE 2016

PEACE is a state of mind…a state of body in which we thrive. When we feel full of it — PEACE, that is — life unfolds better and brighter. An agitated mind or body, on the other hand, breeds discontent and unhappiness. The choice, therefore, seems easy. We should just be peaceful all the time. But, the command “Serenity now!” to yourself (or another…) falls upon deaf ears until the underlying agitation is released.

With our Word of the Week, PEACE, then, the assignment is an undoing of sorts. We need to release the agitation in ourselves, our cells, and our lives that block us from experiencing PEACE right here and right now.

Just like “love”, think of PEACE as your natural state. Only fear or agitation take us away from these two states. When we feel like life is happening to us and not for us, PEACE feels out of our control. For example, when violence or anger surrounds you or there is news that throws you off-kilter, we must regain our footing…and our PEACE. This is why PEACE is a word associated with willPower. It is a practice. A practice to stay peaceful no matter what. No matter what is happening around you, the objective is to allow it around you, but not let it in you.

Easier said than done…I do realize. To return to PEACE, follow these steps:

1. Notice agitation as soon as it surfaces.

Say to yourself, “I see you, agitation.” and allow the feelings or sensations to present themselves without judgement. Often, just the act of acknowledging is enough to release the grip… When that doesn’t work, it’s a divine cue that we need to dig a bit deeper — and proceed to the next step…

2. Give the agitation some air time.

Be curious about it. Reflect, journal, meditate. Is it envy because you aren’t allowing something in your life? Is it triggered by a past hurt or recurring pattern? Ask the agitation, “What is the message you want to tell me?”

3. Learn from it and implement measures that may prevent a future reoccurrence.

Think about the boundaries you have in place. Maybe you have none and you are too much like a doormat allowing anything and everything to come charging in without an appointment or the courtesy you deserve. This is a great week to evaluate, create, or simply reinforce healthy boundaries that will serve you better.

4. Schedule activities or time that help you diffuse or healthily recharge.

When we’re running on empty or over-oligated serving others, we’re most vulnerable to agitation. Serve yourself first.

5. A few words about agitation in the body…

Agitation in the body tends to stem from agitation in the mind that has become deeply rooted, played over and over, and becomes stored in the tissues. “Issues in your tissues” need to be addressed as mindfully as they do physically. Physical treatment alone will only bandaid the issue until the next “flare up”.

PEACE be with you…and in you. If you’re looking for more on this week’s WORD, check out Generate an even harmony…PEACE. Or, if you want to explore other Words, click 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