Path to Peacefulness

Boardwalk to the beach at Gulf Shores

Boardwalk to the beach at Gulf Shores

I’ve talked before about “Creating my path.” The image above is a perfect symbol for that path. Although the landscape shifts around, my goal is to find peace and happiness. And since my trip to Gulf Shores, I’ve felt more peaceful. Happiness is returning to my life. I was worried about the holidays, but am feeling confident that this year will be exciting, a time of creating new traditions and enjoying the new path my life has taken. But I also recognize that others are struggling.  The holidays can be a time of sadness and frustration, and if you are hurting, the joyousness of the season can feel like a slap in the face. If you are struggling along your path, try this:

  • Take a few minutes each day to journal – in longhand, whatever you feel, whatever you want to say.
  • Meditate each day. Simply be in the moment, feel the breath flow in and out of your body, and allow your thoughts to quiet.
  • Light a candle. Smell is a strong scent that can evoke emotions (my favorite is pumpkin – that scent always reminds me of the holidays at home).
  • Recognize that there are others worse off than you. There are people in the hospital and nursing homes who are struggling to live, soldiers serving overseas who miss their families, pets in shelters who do not understand why they aren’t loved.
  • Now do something for someone worse off than you. If you can’t think of a darned thing to do, pack up something you no longer use and donate it. Or buy a bag of dog food and deliver it to an animal shelter.