In yesterday’s post we briefly touched on the fact that young people today are on the cusp of a very fast-moving wave; one that is constantly changing. With the instantaneous delivery of communication across all platforms such as the Internet, mobile phones, TV, and social media, we can easily begin to feel ourselves drowning under the pressure to ‘keep up’. Finding peace therefore, is both desirable and necessary.
Young people have been socially conditioned to think that in order for them to succeed, they must work – and work hard. That they must sacrifice times of play and recreation. With so many portals vying for our attention, we begin to lose our peace of mind and therefore throw ourselves out of balance with harmony.
Without peace of mind, we risk becoming overwhelmed with the tasks of everyday life. We risk damaging our physical health, our mental health, and our relationships with ourselves and others.
Finding peace is difficult in today’s world because it is not part of the social weave nor our modern consciousness. Peace is something that happens within ourselves; it manifests from our true selves being in complete synchronicity with both our inner and outer world. It is not dependent on external comforts or material possessions (although such things can help provide us with a tool to finding this inner peace which we can only grow from within).
A lot of young people today are missing the tools which are needed in order to help them find peace. Because we have been conditioned to think that doing nothing = laziness, that devoting an hour to meditation = a waste of time, and that setting aside time for prayer or for religious practice = unjustified, we are cutting ourselves off from the one desire of mankind, and the one thing which ties us with the universe and to God.
It is so important to find time to just be still within the hastened pace of your everyday life. To set aside time to find inner peace and to let it manifest within and throughout your being.
How do we find peace?
Obtaining peace is as simple as giving yourself the gift of peace. This means, you can achieve inner peace by allowing yourself time in your day to have and enjoy peace; whether that is through treating yourself to a coffee and cake at your favourite cafe, going for a walk in the park, sitting at a bench, practicing yoga, listening to songs which make you happy, keeping a journal, stretching, looking out to the ocean.
The Quiet Place
We can also find peace by seeking solitude in a place which is peaceful. A beach, a rainforest, a park, by a lake or a river. By simply sitting down and focusing on the sights and sounds around you, you are allowing your inner self to rest and revive itself.
By handing your stresses, thoughts, feelings, and troubles over to God, you are embracing peace and inner joy of the highest kind. Whether it’s through prayer, meditation, attending church, or through the simple faith of a Higher Power, you can experience inner peace.
Gospel Reading: John 20:19-21
“In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘peace be with you’ and he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord. And he said to them again, ‘peace be with you. As the father has sent me so I am sending you.”
- When have you experienced the gift of peace in your life?
- How did you achieve peace?
“Peace remains the greatest challenge of our time. It is to be tenaciously defended and promoted, through the generous collaboration of every person of goodwill. It must be born in the intimacy of hearts and minds before it can reach diplomatic and political quarters. What kind of civilization will prevail in the world’s future? Whether it will be a civilization of love, or the ‘un-civilization’ of individualism, utilitarianism, opposing interests, heightened nationalism and systematic selfishness, depends on us” – John Paul II
- Can you think of someone or something which is a model of peace for you?
- What do you believe are issues of peace for us today?
- Why do you think peace so often seems an impossible dream?
- How do you think young people today can bring peace into their lives?