"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr
This is one of those quotes that has the ability to anchor and ground me at any moment.
Now, I keep it at the front of my mantra toolboxes, however there was I time where this mantra was furthest from my conscious awareness.
I was in a place in my life where I dwelled in unhappiness. I was not being my authentic self although I wore a smile and pretended to be. What was happening internally started manifesting itself as anxiety and fear.
In my mind and in my heart, I was a afraid to make choices that supported my highest good, so instead I didn't make a choice at all and allowed myself to move through life unfulfilled. Now that the anxiety had shown up and was affecting my physical life and the people in it, I was at a crossroads and coming face to face with either continuing to pretend or face the fear and do what was necessary to show up in my truest form.
Truth of the matter is, I didn’t know what was necessary. I didn’t know where to start or what do, and I had no sense of peace within.
What I did know was that I could no longer be in this space and be the person I was. I felt like at any minute, I could be crushed by the weight of being at war with myself. I had to make a choice to change the things I could, no matter how uncomfortable it would feel.
Both on my own accord and being forced, I made a choice to let go of unhealthy relationships, both personal and professional, that was no longer nourishing or supportive of my highest good.
That was hard was hard to do, but to my surprise, when I made the choice, things began to align.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." - Tao Te Ching
The more I choose my own happiness by telling the truth about my thoughts and my feelings, the more I started to experience peace. Peace started becoming my everyday experience and I started to see positive changes happening in my life.
To experience change, we must choose peace. Choosing peace may come with releasing some things but it's all worth it!
There is nothing like having peace. Peace of mind, heart, and just every day experiences!
Meditation and journaling were two tools I used to help me to connect with myself on a deeper level and tap into the well of peace I have within. I created this 21 Day journal of guided mantra and meditation practices to help other women to finally exhale and experience peace every day.
Everything we need, we really do have within. Sometimes we just need help!
Join this peace journey with me!
Schan is an inspirational writer and guide who teaches meditation, breath-work and introspective journaling. Her goal is to support women in coming home to themselves and normalize everyday experiences of peace, joy, and ease.