Is Your Body at Peace?

Put fear in perspective. Realize that positive outcomes are possible. Discuss how you feel with others; work together to change the stress. Be in control where you can. Donít let chaos dominate. Stay centered, and whenever you are thrown off center, take time to return there. Find an outlet for your anger and anxiety.

These are common-sense suggestions, but I wonder how many people use them. For every lunch meeting where two friends fret over living in a time of war and terror, there should be one where they speculate about the best way to find peace. In a time of crisis, putting your body at peace can seem like a full-time job.

Spiritual life is all about finding a center and holding on to it. Negativity can feel like your center. You must confront the fact that not just your body, but the body politic is affected by violence. When you find yourself fixated on war and violence you are empathically drawing in what others feel. This osmosis isnít healthy per se. Collective consciousness is part of you. But it isnít your real self, and if you mistake what others feel for what you feel, you are putting your body at war for a bad reason; because everyone else is doing it.

You have to put your own body at peace, and then, in the absence of turmoil, you can find out what you want to hold on to. Spirituality without a core of peace is very limited.

Adapted from: Peace is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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109 comments

ONLY PERSONAL A.
Ana R3 years ago

Thank you for the article.

Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy3 years ago

Thanks for the article Deepak

LM Sunshine

helpful article and interesting comments, peace, thank you!

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

Hey, body mine?

Everything ok in there?

Well, Zee, you really put us through it
Thanksgiving. Then with your abrupt
fasting.

We just want to live in peace with you, oh, Great Master!

OK, cut it out! I'm not great and I'm no master. If I was
you wouldn't be tiffed at me for that second mince pie. I
can't believe I ate the whole thingS.

We can!

OK, my body, my organs, my cells, how can I make amends.

"LAY OFF THE GD SUGAR!"

Ok. 99%.

I thank you for coping with me. I'll try to do better.
Is it ok if I use sugar free?

Sheeeesh!

We need a nice long talk. Thanks for letting me know
I've got you pissed! I don't want to get sick. How can
I make amends to you, my precious, healthy 69 year
old body.

OK, we'll hold talks.

One cell to another. "After all, most folks don't even talk
to us. I like Zee."

"Me, too. And she loves us. We'll reach agreement."

Memory of Doctor "You'll live FOREVER!"

Don't wanna.

lol

jerry coleman
jerry coleman4 years ago

Fear is a monster i feel it sneaking up on me at all times but DEEPAK you have helped me see the way

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

Life is as complicated as you can make it
and as sacred as you can bear it.

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

Peace?
I do not want it.
How boring....

I want to experiment,
adventure, sacrifice,
do all these unholy things.

When I was young,
many and many a year ago,
I dared to proclaim,
"I want to drink the cup of life
to the very dregs of it."
This I have done.

Almost I have finished my cup.
I have only a few flavors yet to taste.
I insist upon them.

I shall pour the dregs
upon the Earth
to fertilize the soill
and count it sacred.

Deborah L.
Deborah L.4 years ago

Is it this the same as "don't worry, be happy"?

Shirley E.
Shirley E.4 years ago

I've gained much more peace than I used to have by actively deciding not to take certain things to heart, like perceived snide remarks or disrespect, but act as if I haven't noticed them. And, treating the other person involved as if they didn't mean it. It's a good practice, too, to try doing a good turn (preferably in private) for someone who's treated you in such a way. Even if they WERE being a ratbag!

Megan K.
Megan K.4 years ago

simple, something we take for granted, but so true