Posts tagged ‘grace’

October 3, 2016

practicing peace

How do you know when something is the right thing to do? I’m not talking morally right; I mean that gut feeling, faith stepping, this is the right move for you even if it’s hard kind of right. When you have to make a decision but no one around you; not even your closest & truest friends or most loving family could tell you what to do. The kind of decision that has to come from you and it has to sit well in your heart. I believe we can teach ourselves to how to make these right decisions. It’s something I realized how to do a few years ago and have been practicing to improve ever since.

It starts with inner acknowledgement. It’s typically the hardest step of the process but without a doubt the most important. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, but that doesn’t apply when you are unhappy or blindly content. Are you self-aware? Are you happy? Are you being the best version of yourself possible? If you are; take note and give thanks. If you’re not; dig a step further and identify exactly what is keeping you from happiness.

Second comes 3D understanding. Take the time to really think, pray and evaluate your situation from different angles and a 360 degree view. Remember that your choices impact others. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Remember that giving up and needing a change are two different things. Remember that you aren’t fully able to love others until you love yourself. Remember that sometimes a decision could mean temporary pain for permanent peace.

That brings me to my favorite step and one that took me the longest to identify; recognizing peace. If starting something new, letting something go, or holding on to something tight is the right thing for you; you’ll know because you will feel inner peace. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Deliberate peace starts in your heart, then travels to your head, and takes over your soul. Peace feels calm. Recognize the feeling of stability, steadfastness, gratitude, and grace. While you may still have some pain, the right thing for you should bring you a heart full of hope. If it doesn’t bring you peace, it’s probably not for you.

img_1893 As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer and in the significance of asking God to guide us. I can’t stress this enough. It might not be your jam, but still hear this: you’ll know when something is right for you if it does no harm to others, if it is Good, and if it brings you peace.

In the last few years, I’ve made some big decisions on this basis. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and certainly have a lot more to learn – but I truly believe my BIG life changing moments in the last three years have come to be because of yearning for inner peace & to become the best me that I can be.

All it takes is some patience, some practice, and some prayer.

Oh … and to always remember to just, love life.

Love,
Chianne

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