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Do you have any memories of your parents saying “hurry up” while you were growing up? I sure do. We were always hurrying to go someplace. I heard “hurry up or you’ll miss the bus or hurry up and get in the car so we won’t be late for the appointment.”  There was a panicky feeling inside that if you didn’t hurry, you would miss something or something bad would happen. Consequently, I developed what I call an “inner rusher.”

I never heard, “take your time” honey. Recently, I was behind an elderly gentleman with a walker getting into an elevator.  Instead of feeling impatient and trying to get past him to go where I wanted to go, I said “take your time.” He smiled and I felt good.  Later on in the day, I had the opportunity to say to another person – take your time. This is a gift I give myself and to another who may be stressed and rushing. This is the peaceful presence that I am inviting into my life. And I invite you to do the same.

Over the years, and especially since I returned from my vacation/retreat in Hawaii a few weeks ago something has shifted and changed inside of me with my relationship with TIME.  I lived most of my life with the belief “there is never enough time.”  If that is what I believed, then, of course there was never enough time.  I always rushed and pushed myself to do more because I didn’t think there was enough time. I now see how much stress I put on myself and how I lost my peace. I changed my thinking to “There is more than enough time to do everything I want to and live my life purpose.”

I have some affirmations that I say daily that help me stay peaceful “My day unfolds in peace, ease and grace and everything I need is streaming toward me, I open my hands and receive.”

My intention in the morning is to be peaceful. I want this with all my heart and soul. Aren’t we all looking for peace? What wouldn’t we do to have that peace that passes understanding and to trust that everything is happening in perfect and divine timing.

Developing a peaceful spirit and presence to all I meet has taken many years to cultivate and practice. When I became aware of what I call my “inner rusher” I knew I needed to change and slow down.  I practiced slowing down at work as I walked down the corridor to greet the next patient. I said to myself, “My intention is to be peaceful.” What is interesting is that my co-workers would often say, “I know it’s Pat walking down the hall because she walks so peacefully.  It’s nice when others affirm you and it feels really good to be peaceful inside.

Peace is a gift I give myself and give to the world. Here are some other tips that help me stay peaceful.

                                                   PAT’S  SEVEN TIPS TO LIVE IN PEACE

1. SHOW UP – Develop a daily spiritual practice of prayer and meditation.

2. SLOW DOWN – stop rushing and take your time.

3. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT  – And expect an answer.  Be clear about what you want. Visualize and believe.

4. BE GRATEFUL – An attitude of Gratitude is the key to make things manifest quickly. Focus on what you have, rather than what’s missing. 

5. FORGIVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS – Holding onto resentment and anger blocks the energy flow and prevents or slows down your ability to manifest your dreams. 

6. HAVE FAITH – Your prayers are being answered. Faith is believing what you cannot see. Change your thinking.

7. LET GO OF CONTROL –Trust the process and surrender to “what  is.” You are exactly where you need to be.

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