CREATING YOUR PERSONAL PLACE OF PEACE
Part of life is going through transition. Some may be simple, slightly uncomfortable, some may be joyful, however, some may also be excruciatingly painful, life going through the loss of a loved one.
Part of the process is taking time out and having a special place to go is very therapeutic and healing. It can be beautiful gardens, parks or beaches. It may even be a special room in your home.
It will be somewhere you are able to remove yourself from your usual surroundings and ground yourself with nature and do whatever it is that you need to at the time.
Having such a personal haven within your home is beneficial as it enables you to sit with your feelings, to rest, to contemplate, to write in your journal, pray or meditate.
This place can be where you quietly take yourself to experience that peace and joy in your heart that we all want, (and which eventually does return into your life).
Is there an area in your home or garden that can become your personal place of peace? Where might that be? Is this a place where you are able to remove yourself from all other distractions in your life at any time to peace- fully sit and be?
I encourage you to make this area as peaceful and inviting as possible for you. Ensure that your chair is comfortable and you have something to rug up with during those cold winter months. Have nice things around you, articles that are meaningful and comforting to you, such as significant ornaments or gifts from others that have a special meaning. Ensure that you have good light for reading and a nice soft light for your quiet times. Candles are always a nice way to have soft light in your room.
Would it be possible to allocate a regular time during the day to remove myself from all other duties and claim this time as totally mine? If so, when could that time be? What might get in the way of this?
Is there anything specific I would like to do whilst having this quiet time in my own personal place?
Can I imagine feeling peace and a quieting of my heart at this time? Have I felt this or something similar in the past, if so, when?
How did it feel for me then?
Do I believe that it is possible to feel this again?
Anchor yourself to that feeling within that you have described above. Always associate this place as being a place where you can return to that feeling. Hold this feeling. Remember how it feels and know that at any time this is a place where you can return, to allow your feelings to come if you choose and process them until you feel able to move ahead with your day. Can you recall how that feeling of calmness feels right now?
If at any time you are faced with the pain of your grief and you take yourself into your place of peace you may choose to put into place other tools to assist you through this time. They may be writing in your journal, reading something inspiring that has previously assisted you, phoning someone in your support network or simply to sit and pray.
What might I do first when faced with this situation? What would I do after that? Whom could I call?
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