Calming Our Troubled Hearts

We cannot be at peace with anything or contribute to a peaceful world unless we understand what it means to calm our own troubled hearts. Opening to our struggles with a generous heart and facing our life just as it is are the first and last steps in spiritual practice.

The price of peace is the willingness to be still and present within ourselves. To calm our own heart and unlearn the habit of self-abandonment is the beginning of the process.

Peace is not the absence of the challenging, disturbing, or unsettling. Peace is born of our heartfelt willingness to greet the encounters and experiences of our inner and outer world, without prejudice, resistance, or fear. We learn to live in a way in which we have no enemies to struggle with and no battles to win. The challenges that come to us we no longer perceive as threats to free from, but as invitations to learn the lessons of peacemaking.

Throughout time, in all traditions and communities, countless people have trained themselves in the art of peace. The people of the past and present who have most profoundly changed the world and who stand as beacons of hope and compassion for us have all been deeply challenged, threatened, and tested in their lives.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Julian of Norwich, and Mother Teresa, to mention just a few of the mystics and dissidents of our world, have all been asked to understand the nature of peace and freedom. They have educated themselves in the universities of bigotry, tragedy, and terror. Their classrooms have been in slums and prison cells, in the midst of oppression and deprivation.

Each one of them has without doubt been asked to make a deep inner journey to understand the causes of war and peace. If we treasure and long for peace, we too are asked to make this journey and to learn from the university of our lives. We discover that peace is not a destination to be reached but a way of living, relating, speaking, and being.

Adapted from Silence, How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World, by Christina Feldman. Copyright (c) 2001 Christina Feldman. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from Silence, How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World, by Christina Feldman (Rodale Press, 2001).


Angie V.
Angie V4 years ago


Elena T.
Elena P4 years ago

Thank you :)

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for the info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for the info.

Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

AaishaAngel Ahmad
AaishaAngel A7 years ago

Great article, thanks!

Alicia Nuszloch
Alicia N7 years ago

I wake up with God in my mind and I go to bed the same way. I don't know other way to start or finish my every day journey. Thanks for posting , have an amazing day.

Tanik Tri R
Tanik Tr7 years ago

"Peace is a way of living & being.." I will always remember this..

Ed C.
Ed C.9 years ago

I , like Mother Theresa, have found present and coming eternal peace through Jesus Christ.I was healed of muscular dystrophy and a bitter heart in a Christian meeting in 1976. Real disease, real pain, real God. I have since had a life of calm with Him in my heart." Peace I give to you, peace I leave with you, not as the world gives(transitory peace)give I to you. Thanks so much.

Gee Van Troy Ensendencia

i agree to