Perhaps you know the song lyrics, "Looking for love in all the wrong places." Often, the same can be said of where many of us look for peace. Desperate yearnings for fulfilling experiences of love and peace can lead us to grab onto anything or anyone that appears to be the path to realizing our longings.
Whether for inner peace or peace in our world, many of us seek out peace in the "wrong places" or paths because we do not know what true peace looks and feels like. We look for inner peace in the actions of other people, believing if they only "acted right," we would have peace of mind. Peace only comes from within. But where do we start to achieve it, experience it?
Many of us are looking for peace within our homes, workplaces and spiritual communities as well. In my consulting work, many clients--eager to experience peace--are seeking support to breakthrough organizational anxiety and conflict. They recognize they can't achieve their best in the midst of conflicts.
Many of us ask: Since we love each other, are working toward the same goals, or worship the same God, why can't we be at peace with one another? Fraught with conflict and turmoils as the norm, the actions reflect what Prophet Jeremiah wrote, "Peace, Peace; when there is no peace."
Truth is: I can be in a room by myself and experience a conflict -- part of me thinks I should make choice A and another part of me insists choice B is best. Experiencing inner peace requires that I have a process for listening to both perspectives with love and without judgments. How I do that is rooted in trusting in Spirit through all circumstances of my life.
At its core, peace is spiritual. But many of us only understand peace as something emotional or political. When we seek it without Spirit, our efforts cannot accomplish or sustain what we long for. Seeking a deeper, more honest relationship with Spirit is the only true path to peace.
Where are you looking for peace? What circumstances are you waiting to line up in a particular way so that you can be at peace? When do you invite Spirit to guides you -- at the beginning or when you're at your wit's end? What supports you in experiencing the presence of God no matter the circumstances you may be going through right now?
However you understand it (God, angels, ancestors, orishas, etc.) Spirit is present with you, waiting to journey with you into peace.