Practice Peace, Drink Tea

By Jesse Jacobs

“Every day brings a clear choice:
to practice stress or to practice peace.”

–Joan Borysenko

Everyone you meet today has something they’re stressed about. Probably multiple things. It’s just part of life. But you can only do so much to address your stresses, and then you have the choice to let them go, or to hold onto them. What if you chose to let them go?

Here are a few ways I’ve found to practice peace, both within myself and as part of my community:

I’m upset with someone.
Speak from your heart, instead of your head.

I’m feeling pulled in a million directions.
Eliminate distraction.

I keep arguing with someone.
In the middle of a heated discussion pause and notice, as if from an outside perspective.

I long for peace in my community/country/world.
Take action and embody openness. It’s not enough to just desire peace; sometimes you have to lead through action.

I don’t know how to deal with this difficult person.
Treat everyone with respect.

I feel like giving up.
Keep your beliefs positive, because they become your destiny.

I feel unmotivated and hopeless.
Talk with someone inspiring, or read an inspiring book.

I just feel plain stressed.
Breathe. Step away from whatever you’re doing and just take a few deep breaths.

I still feel stressed.
Drink tea (of course!).

How do you practice peace? Send me a note – I’d love to hear from you!

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