I’m currently reading A Course in Miracle Made Easy by Alan Cohen. It’s seriously so good. I love a lot of the lessons in it, but today I want to talk about the concept of choosing peace. I have found this particularly helpful with the big change I have at the beginning of next month.
When Alan and I first found a house to rent in Florida I was ecstatic. I was showing it off to everyone. When I accepted a job in Florida and turned in my notice at work I started off feeling really exciting and telling lots of people very openly. With each passing day, I found myself growing more and more anxious. When I was telling someone at work the other night they asked me if I was excited. I admitted that the closer it gets the more anxious/nervous I start to feel. Ohio has been home for 25 years. The job I’m in is the place where I started my career and learned how to be a nurse. Or at least started learning how to be a nurse. Leaving this job is scary. My life here is comfortable. It’s easy. It’s known. I know my coworkers. I know my friends. I have my “places. I have a yoga studio, a favorite park to run at, a favorite coffee shop. I could go on. Leaving the comfort of the known is terrifying. But the risks that come with leaving are worth it. I know I’m signing for a wild, sometimes lonely ride, being with a man in Navy. But I have a choice. I can choose to be at peace, and trust that all is happening as it should. Or I can anxiously grasp for control of the unknown.
This all being said, I want to share some excerpts from A Course in Miracles Made Easy.
Without judgment or resistance, shine light on the ways you distract yourself from experiencing inner peace. Awareness is the beginning of healing. After a while, your resistance will lose its power to distract you, and you will be in a better position to make decisions that truly serve you.
Events don’t make us upset. We make ourselves upset and then designate events as the cause. We could just as easily — far more easily, choose peace.
Upset is a lense we choose to filter experiences.
Resistance is not something that happens to you. It is something you choose because you believe you receive value from it. When the value you perceive in wellness exceeds the value you perceive in upset, inner peace shall be yours.
The ego takes refuge in familiarity and is threatened by change. It defines the known as preferable to the unknown, even if the known sucks.
When something comes along that threatens the ego’s world, it will do anything it can to keep you from stepping ahead to freedom. Often the bigger the change for the better, the bigger the emergency, drama, or setback the ego manufactures. But the ego cannot stop you unless you let it. Just keep going.
More and more, I’m learning the choice is yours. You choose how to live your life. You are the only one who can make you happy. You can choose to see the events of your life through a lens of upset or you can choose to your life through a lens of peace. You decide, will peace be yours today?