A long time ago, when my children were all young and my days consisted of stretching beyond my physical abilities to meet their needs, my brother suggested that I needed a little more intense music in my life! {Maybe he had heard the classical music I was playing, I don’t remember the situation exactly.} I tried to explain to him that my body couldn’t take anymore adrenaline rushing than it was already getting from being on mother-duty twenty-four hours a day! That is why the music I employed during that time was peaceful and calming.  It is an understatement to say that I needed it’s influence.

In parenthood or any other demanding role, peace of mind doesn’t just happen. It is born of doing our best, keeping our commitments and being honest with ourselves and others. But it also comes more readily as we commit ourselves to cultivating a peaceful mindset.

Which means that we have to intentionally place peaceful pictures, thoughts, words, declarations and feelings in our minds and hearts in order to reap the health and relationship benefits of living a peaceful life.

Lyrics like these can be a great mantra, along with the music that serves to glue the message into our minds: 

“I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
In my soul
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean
In my soul
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
In my soul”

 

Memorize and rehearse powerful, peaceful words and phrases such as these:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”
King James Version (KJV)

Or declarations like these:
“I am at peace.”
“I am finding peaceful solutions to my problems.”

Even the enjoyable times of play and laughter are made more joyful when we have peace as the foundation of our relationship with ourselves and others.

Do you feel peaceful?

What are you doing to create more peace in your mind, heart and home? I’d love to hear!

Much love to you,

Jacque

P.S. Wish I could send along the fragrance of these lilacs along with the picture! Mmmmmmm! Divine!

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