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Practicing Peace
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Practicing Peace

Carry peace with you even among chaos in this practice.

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[Kelly Boys, Mindfulness Trainer] What if you felt a peace that would be able to actually be carried by you through your life? There's this verse, it's from the Christian New Testament, I'd love to share it and then talk about the peace that passes understanding and the peace that comes from mindfulness practice. 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. So those are the words of Jesus. Whether or not you are a Christian or believe in Christianity, these are the words from someone who has deeply looked and discovered something radical for himself that he shared with the world. And the words are my peace I give you, don't let your hearts be troubled. You know, so often we're just kind of searching for peace and we search for it, ultimately, you know, through objects outside of us and it doesn't last, does it? So the gift of mindfulness that comes also along with these words from Jesus of my peace I give to you, it's like, what would it be like if we actually did receive that peace and we carried it with us? So mindfulness would say, you know, peace is a practice. You can receive it in your heart, but then you have to live it out moment to moment. And so with this invitation of the scripture, we're receiving a quality of peace then we actually feel what it feels like in our body and then we do the practice and carry it with us and believe that it's here for us and actually allow our hearts not to be troubled. So this includes in mindfulness being troubled. Even when you are troubled, you also can ground in this sense of inner peace. The mindfulness part is just radically welcoming everything that's here, it doesn't have to look a certain way. And the scripture part is seeing my peace I leave you. Okay, let's do a reflection. Feel free to close your eyes. We're gonna explore the quality of peace as you feel it in your body and your mind and your heart. Okay, so connecting with a sense of peace, you can imagine that it's been given to you. And there's this invitation not to let your heart be troubled today. And then imagine yourself carrying it with you. This is different. So this means reorienting and tracking and believing in the peace inwardly that's here for you. So even when your heart is troubled, even then you can return back to this ground of peacefulness. So the last thing I'll share is that one of the gifts of mindfulness is it brings opposites. So you don't ever have to refuse any part of your experience. And you're always looking for the ground underneath, the peace underneath. I hope this helps. Thanks for practicing with me.

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