‘I could see peace instead of this.’
The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.
Three 5 minute practice sessions are required to look at your inner world, with eyes closed, to find any fear thoughts, or anxiety provoking situations, people or events. You can tell yourself specifically,
‘I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry (about this situation, person etc) with peace.
Today the temperature was well below freezing before the snow began. As the wind howled around my ears and the tips felt like they’d been bathed in hydrochloric acid I whispered ‘I replace by feelings of resentment with peace.’ After three goes, I felt surprisingly calm and was able to relax my body instead of hunching it against the cold. Call it mind over matter if you will, but I felt warmer.