About a year ago, I had an epiphany. After a good workout at the community center gym, I was attempting to chill out by the pool area. Summer had just begun, and the kid noise level in that enclosed space rivaled that of an F-35 Fighter Jet. The shrieking and yelling were enough to blow out your eardrums. I remember thinking to myself, “What if I had the ability to relax and recuperate, in the midst of all of this screaming and yelling?” Now, that really sounds like an amazing life skill. If I could develop that ability, I could remain calm and relaxed in virtually any situation.
At that point, the phrase, “Your peace lies within you”, jumped into my head. I’m not really sure where it came from. However, I do know it helps me to instantly relax. Many years ago, I read Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. The main focus of that book is to relax completely and visualize your goals. I never mastered the ability to instantly enter a calm, relaxed state. However, whenever I recite “Your peace lies within you”, I immediately feel a sense of peace wash over me. And who doesn’t need more of that in this crazy world? The next time I was at the pool, I decided to give it another try. Sure enough, I was able to soften the roar of all those screaming kids and yelling parents with just five simple words.
I was interested to see how it would work in a more tranquil environment. Once I was home, nestled comfortably in my recliner, I closed my eyes and repeated the phrase once more. That familiar sense of calm immediately washed over me. Strangely enough, it seems to work better if you repeat the phrase with your palms turned up. Maybe all those yoga instructors are onto something.
Recently, I was in dire need of some calm. My wife and I were in the basement folding laundry when we heard a tremendous crash upstairs. Skittles had managed to knock a glass pan of freshly-baked brownies onto the kitchen floor. I caught her as she was about to dig in. Pieces of glass and chunks of brownie were everywhere. I shooed the crazy hound dog outside and took a deep breath. Then I began chanting the phrase over and over as I got to work cleaning up the mess. If it can work for that disaster, I’m sure it can work for you. Give it a try!
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