words by Jennifer Salness + photographs by Sandra Tonkinson
Isn’t this a quality many people strive for? And yet, do we find it?
For many years, I thought this was the ultimate state of being – to find peace, to feel peaceful, blissful, and calm. But I want to call BS.
I wonder if in our fast-paced society, it is too lofty of a goal?
There isn’t much reality in being completely peaceful all the time. It doesn’t necessarily allow for us to do our normal everyday tasks if we are sitting in meditation chanting OM all day. We lead busy lives. Yes, you can take an hour a day for your quiet meditation, but not everyone has the luxury of time.
I propose that we find peace in the small, seemingly insignificant moments.
What if we learned how to find a moment of breath and calm just after we put a load of laundry in the washer?
Or if we allow ourselves ten minutes in the car, to just be and soak in the quiet of our own soul before we head into the grocery store?
Start to notice what is peaceful around you. What shows you beauty, calm, centeredness? Seek it out.
Expand outside of your routine to see what new things you observe. Ask for it to be shown to you.
When we feel moments of peace, our hearts can expand, our souls feel more calm, and our lives become less mundane.
Peace truly can be found anywhere. It can be in the quiet breath of a child sleeping in your arms. Peace is in the awe you feel seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. It can be in the smile from a homeless woman as you hand her a bag of necessities to stay warm. Peace is in the hug from your 13-year-old nephew.
Where is peace for you?
I invite you to find it in the small things. I invite you to take time to let these things expand and build up in your life. Let your heart expand into peace, even if your boss is yelling at you.
Jennifer Salness is a marketing consultant who finds peace in her urban garden and on long drives in the country and in words. For over 20 years she has built multiple businesses and offered consulting services to retail businesses, artists, coaches, and entrepreneurs. Her gift is helping your presence online be easy, so you can focus on your passion. She offers personalized sessions, workshops, and technical services to find clarity, growth, and movement for their business, especially for those overwhelmed or confused by technology. Her passion is to guide you with a calm, knowledgeable voice. www.JenniferSalness.com