Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

In an increasingly unpredictable world, anxiety and insecurity abound. Where can we find peace in the midst of modern life? The answer is simple: within ourselves. Here are four ways to do this in your life…

1. Get present

When you find yourself in the midst of a worrying situation, stop. Go inwards, and ask yourself “what is wrong in this moment?” usually, nothing is wrong right now. It is when we stray off into past regrets and future concerns that anxiety kicks in. Don’t deny the problems you are facing, but don’t get lost in them either: being present will bring you greater alertness and inner security, allowing you to face challenges more objectively and with greater calm.

2. Laugh at yourself

When you realise you are obsessing with a concern or worry, laugh at yourself. Just look up at the sky and think, “Oh! I’m doing it again!” When you don’t take yourself so seriously, you immediately disarm the worry and anxiety of the intellect. This will help you take stock of the situation and reassess things more clearly.

3. Go with the Flow

As adults, we have lost the ability to flow. We cling to the idea of what we want, and fight against the current of life, because we think that what we want is what is going to make us happy, but that’s not the truth. Our happiness depends upon the choices we make in each moment. Am I choosing to be happy, or am I fighting for what I want? Am I attached to an idea or am I willing to flow?

4. Take responsibility for your own happiness

If only he wasn’t so … then I could be happy! Sound familiar? We are so dependent on the behaviour of those around us, that whenever they aren’t the way we want them to be, we suffer. If your happiness depends on other people, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. People change all the time, and things are never exactly how we expect. Stop trying to change others so that you can be happy. Instead, focus on praising and appreciating the people around you.

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at


Krista R.
krista b6 years ago

Thanks for the info! :-)

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Stephanie I.

Thanks for the info.

Eli Is Here
Past Member 8 years ago

Thank you for this artivle. I needed to read it.

Tanik Tri R
Tanik Tr8 years ago

Dear Isha, thanks for this article. From this moment I would start embracing the present & appreciating the blessings within me..

Trish Cameron
Trish Cameron8 years ago

i will definately put this into action immediately...its never to late to try something new....and especieally if it is beneficial! thank you so much for your kindness and wisdom!

Anne Kahil
Anne Kahil8 years ago

These are Jesus' words on peace:
John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Genevieve H.
Genevieve H8 years ago

Well, I may be a little late to read it and put my two cents here like everybody else, but yes, I could not agree more with this article. Thanks for writing something simple and straight forward and meaningful and useful.

janine k.
janine k8 years ago

Living with a person with an addictive personality is chaos. All the "Al" meetings tell you detach from the chaos or disease. Yet after that, no matter how mature, how well you eat, how balanced you are, how you breathe, do yoga etc. There is still something wrong. Is it better to cut the chaos out of your life like a cancer? Probably. Swift action is probably best. IF you can take swift action to pull out of chaos. Lord knows I've personally tried. I know that no matter how much you love somebody, IF they do not love themselves, chaos will continue. It is stability in financial affairs that keeps us from cutting out cancers, it's an enabler (sometimes as close as a bad parent)who keeps somebody in their patterns. IF we had a system whereby we could say, no, we don't want the chaos and were supported financially and given direction careerwise in schools properly, the world might be a simpler place. It is the GREED that keeps us hurt.

Meredith D.
Meredith D8 years ago

Thank you; I needed to read this article. I'm going through a tough time but I'm starting to realize that much of my unhappiness is the result of my way of looking at the situation, not necessarily the situation itself. Sure, I'd give an am and a leg to have my love back in my life, but my happiness is not dependent on his actions. I have to change my way of looking at the situation before I can be happy again; I'm starting to believe that I can be happy without him as long as I remember to love myself and be thankful for what I do have instead of obsessing over what I've lost.