What Gives You Peace?
Posted under The Business of Zen ☯ August 12th, 2009
A gentle reminder for myself and my friends in these hectic, fast-paced times…
As I just finished a grueling, and at times frenzied, three weeks completing a project, I’ve been thinking a lot about these questions:
- What gives me peace?
- How does having a sense of peace influence my productivity?
- Am I a better leader when I am at peace?
- How does being peaceful help me be a better partner, parent, and friend?
I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers. I do feel these are some pretty important questions every person should ask themselves – and work toward finding their own answers.
Here’s why it’s important to discover and practice what gives you peace:
When you are at peace, your mind is at its clearest.
The typical noise and mental clutter we all experience throughout the day is at a minimum. During these times, solutions come more fluently and opportunities seem to dance in front of you.
When you are at peace, your calm influences others.
Ever have one of those days when the deadlines pile up and your heart rate is ever increasing? Then, you encounter that person in a meeting who takes the jacked up energy in the room down just enough for everyone to take a deep breath and approach the work with a renewed sense of calm and focus.
When you are at peace, you are less likely to behave in destructive or self-defeating ways.
You approach others with the tranquility and confidence to be collaborative and authentic. You are also even-tempered and centered enough to approach relationship issues with self-awareness and an open mind.
There are real pluses to increasing the peace you experience in life. And you don’t have to be a “Zen Master” to be at peace. Nor do you have to be perfect at being peaceful.
What’s important is that you make the space in your mind to find the answers to the question “What gives me peace?”
Then honor yourself enough to take some time each day to practice doing those things that work for you.
In peace and productivity,
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