Unlocking Inner Peace in Turbulent Times: Steps to Navigate Uncertainty

Discover how to tap into your spiritual resources and achieve inner peace amid societal tensions. 

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The Greatest Resource We Have

Three Steps to Access Your Spiritual Resources

Inaugurate Peace Poem

How do we deal with the daily stress of the news? What can help us stay balanced and resilient in turbulent times?

You have what you need. We all do. It’s a matter of knowing how to access our inner resources.


The Greatest Resources We Have

Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, talked with me about her work for peace and nonviolence in Apartheid South Africa. When I asked her how she coped through years of violence and injustice, she told me, “We were not discouraged because we had spiritual resources.” Those are our greatest resources. Now, more than ever, it is time to access them.


Three Steps to Access Your Spiritual Resources

As a longtime meditator, I know that a sure way to connect with my inner resources is to access peace within. That requires quieting my mind. Once my thoughts settle, I can “gather” the peace of my soul, the well-spring of my spiritual resources. To gather peace, I simply become aware of it and invite the experience of it to expand. Then, I inwardly commit to sharing that peace, to bringing it forth in my words and actions.

A peaceful bird glides over the calm water by a lighthouse, invoking inner peace through spiritual meditation.

"We were not discouraged because we had spiritual resources"

—Ela Gandhi

1. Get Quiet: The Path to Inner Stillness

Decide to meditate. The easiest way to meditate is to sit intentionally, quietly, and become aware of your breathing. Close your eyes and notice the feeling of your inhalation and exhalation. Let your breath become even and slow as you observe the cool air entering your nostrils and the warmer air moving out again. Post your inner gaze at the third eye center, that point between your eyebrows. You can add the word “peace” as your mantra. With inhalation, mentally say “peace.” With exhalation, repeat “peace.”

After sitting for a time focusing on your breathing and letting the word peace float in your mind, you’ll find that your restless thoughts have begun to settle. You’ll feel more relaxed physically and clear mentally. From there, simply let your awareness expand.

Sit. Be quiet. Be aware.

2. Gather Peace: Immersing in the Soul's Tranquility

Meditation can be like climbing a mountain. First, there is the step by step effort of consciously watching the breath. Then after reaching the summit of peace and clarity, just sitting and enjoying the view. Before we depart from that inner summit, we take time to gather up peace. We invite the soul’s peace to pervade our body, mind, emotions, and every situation in our life. We become fully aware of inner peace. We identify it. We notice what it feels like in our body, how it affects us mentally and emotionally. It’s like taking in the entire vista view—mindfully cultivating the felt sense of being there. When we are ready to conclude our meditation, we decide to take the peace with us that we have gathered up. It is a spiritual resource. We now consciously carry with us an antidote for stress. And, we have enough to share.

3. Share Peace: Translating Inner Calm to Outward Action

A powerful question for our times can be found in the Tao Te Ching:

Do you have the patience to wait

Till your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving

Till the right action arises by itself?

With regular meditation and cultivation of inner peace, we can gather up peace within, and we can also share it. This happens in many ways. Our thoughts and speech become more conscious. We can share by remaining aware of the unconditional peace within us and silently offering to others. Or, we can speak. Just as we allowed our thoughts to settle in meditation, we let ourselves become inwardly quiet before we speak.

We intend to speak words that bring forth peace.

We choose actions that contribute to peace.

We have the patience to wait for the right words, and the right actions, to come.

We commit ourselves to it.

We stand on it.

We share it.

I’ve been getting quiet and gathering my spiritual resources of inner peace. It has come forth as a poem, an affirmative prayer. I send it forth to you with peace—an inauguration, a beginning.


Inaugurate Peace

I inaugurate peace

I call upon peace—

rise from my soul

gather it up

store it up

stand upon it

send it forth

generations before

called upon peace

gathered it up

stored it up

stood for it

sent it forth

let the winds of ignorance,

greed, and hatred howl

we call upon peace to rise

generations before

brought forth light

from their bones

radiance of marrow

what is most alive

will always rise

we inaugurate peace

Ellen Grace O'Brian

"Inaugurate Peace" was featured in Spirituality & Health Magazine May/June 2017 issue.

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