I know I’ve written about this subject before, but inner peace is something I have been thinking about lately. I think that the next season of my life-life in Mexico-is going to be busy and full and overwhelming at times. I’ve been thinking about how that in order to maintain my sanity if my outer life is crazy, my inner life must be peaceful. No matter what’s going on around me, if my soul is at peace, I’m good.
I know when I have inner peace. It’s when I take the time to communicate with God throughout the day, to write in my journal, to not ignore my feelings and issues but rather figure out their causes. Now that I think back, some of the most peaceful times of my life have been when I’ve been the most outwardly busy.
Ironically, I think I have been thinking about inner peace lately because it’s been eluding me. I thought that my relaxed schedule this summer would equal a peaceful Emily. But it hasn’t, because I haven’t been doing the activities I listed above.
I came across this quote today, which I really like, and will hopefully set me back on the right track to pursuing a life of inner peace:
“I want first of all…to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact-to borrow from the language of the saints-to live ‘in grace’ as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony. I am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus when he said, ‘May the outward and inward man be one.’ I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.” -Anne Morrow Lindbergh